I recently decided to start using cloth pads. Using a menstrual cup has turned me off from disposables, but I don't like wearing my menstrual cup non-stop during my period.
This is my third month using cloth pads, and my first month using them on my heavier days. I love them and find them very comfortable, but I've run into a couple cleaning-related concerns:
- I'm not really that concerned about staining, but I do want to make sure that my pads are clean. This month, I folded them up, put them in a mesh laundry bag, and only rinsed them under cold water just before I was ready to put them in the washing machine (in this case, about 48 hours after I started wearing them). This seems to have worked fine with all my pads except one. I have a light-absorbency minky pad that smelled musty in one spot after washing. I worry it had a chance to mildew or something, even though I didn't pre-soak it.
And more generally, is throwing them in the washer with detergent after giving them a quick rinse and hand-scrub under cold water an adequate way of getting them clean? I read about people having much more complicated washing routines, but they seem to be mostly geared toward avoiding stains, and I haven't had any trouble with that so far.
- One of my thicker pads is really hard to get dry. Trying to air dry it is a joke, and even when I put it in the dryer, sometimes it doesn't get completely dry. The thing is, it's hard to tell--it'll feel dry when I take it out, but then I guess some moisture spreads from the core and it'll feel damp again. I'm not sure there's anything that can be done about that, but does anyone else have this trouble?
Thank you for your input!