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i have heaps of extra prefolds from my first child and i want to know if i can use these as sanitary napkins, just for my medium to lighter days. do you think this could work? i think that if i bleach them and dry them in the sun the blood should bleach out and it seems really wasteful to fill landfills with sanitary napkins just because i'm too lazy to wash and use what i already have.
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That's what I use now. At first I felt they were kind of bulky, but I have such a heavy two days, that they work pretty well for that. The newborn prefolds are more comfortable, but I use toddler prefolds too, sometimes.
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I did this for my miscarriage (extended - I bled for 2 mos), and for lochia after birth. I have yet to do it with an actual menstrual cycle, as I haven't had one since I started using cloth 2+ years ago.

I was able to soak mine in oxyclean and the blood came out. I did a wet pail for them. They were the cheap ones from Walmart - white birdseye, I think. Ny CPF would be too thick and bulky, but maybe the preemie/infant ones?

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They're a little bulky but certainly useable. I've used them.
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I'm actually cutting some down for overnight pads. I like prefolds--they're soft and absorbent. I've had a variety of cloth pads and I think prefolds will fit the bill for overnight.

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Don't need to bleach! Just cold soak (I kept mine in a pot with a lid and changed the water daily - it's good for the garden) - rub in some soap if there's a stubborn stain - cold rise and wash.

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I just used premie (folded in 4ths for heavy days and third fo light days) and regular PFs (for night time) this cycle they are lovely! I have a fairly heavy flow and I had no leaks, not even overnight.

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They will work just fine in terms of absorbency, but they are quite bulky and tend to shift around a lot. I prefer reusable cloth pads designed to be cloth pads with snaps.

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I have been using prefolded diapers for years as sanitary napkins. Yes, they are bulky, so you may not want to use them at the end of your period! I do fold them into quarters and place them in my underpants, and I don't have a problem with them shifting. I just wash them, but I don't mind diapers having stains. Obviously, if you wash them with bleach and hot water, more of the stains will come out, though.
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I use cut up prefolds too... it all started with a doubler - then I just cut a few prefolds and fake serged the sides. They work well. I only use one layer of the prefold. So I cut a prefold into 4 pads. I do have fairly light periods though, and have no other comparison for cloth absorbancy.

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They are bulky and i need to keep adjusting them so i usually just wear them at home.
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I use my old diaper doublers- not as bulky as prefolds- and put some diluted peroxide on them if they seem to need it.
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