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#91 of 93 Old 07-28-2014, 12:27 AM
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How do you ladies do the wash? I rinse mine out in a sink and hang out to dry. Then I machine wash them with my regular laundry. If/when my DD starts to use cloth pads, I would like to make the process simple for her. Should I get a soak bucket? I am a bit grossed out by this idea though. If you use the bucket, do you rinse at all? Do you do a separate load with just bloody pads? Do you mix your pads with your daughters'? My daughter does her laundry separately, should she be in charge of washing her pads too? She is 11 and isn't menstruating yet.
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I wouldn't sign a teenager up for cloth padsunless she was really into it. The logistics of a school day with cloth in junior high just sound really tough. I'd be inclined to recommend disposable products while she figures out her preferences.

My mom had really strong pad-only preferences when my period started. It took me ages to switch to tampons, and caused stupid amounts of tension. These preferences are so personal, and they can make a kid so uncomfortable.
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I bought my child a wide variety of cloth and disposable pads and tampons and told her the choice was entirely hers and I would gladly buy whatever she wanted, and she chose cloth. She has used disposable while traveling and was happy to get back to cloth. She refuses to even try tampons. This doesn't really matter, but I feel the need to clarify that it IS her choice.

We each have a covered container for pads. I do not rinse or pre-treat the pads. We choose dark colors and patterns so staining does not show, and neither of us really cares about staining anyhow. I wash pads separately from other laundry (sometimes I'll throw in kitchen rags too) -- cold rinse, hot wash with oxyclean and baking soda, double rinse. My daughter's and my periods seem to have synched up so I will wash our pads together.
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