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Cloth liners for everyday use
here_never wrote in cloth_pads
Hi everyone! I just finished my first cycle with a menstrual cup, and now I'm thinking of switching to reusables for everyday use. I just ordered three reusable liners from a local online store (I'm based in the Philippines and this is the only store that sells RUMPs, and I'm not sure if I'll like the liners so I purchased only three), and I'm hoping to transition to reusables ASAP. Here are a couple of concerns, after the cut!

1) How many will I actually need if I am going to use them everyday? I have really weird leukorrhea that my OB-GYN thinks might have something to do with hormonal imbalance (I have PCOS), and it's like I'm ovulating everyday. So I really need to use liners everyday--how many will I need?

2) What's the best way to handwash them? I won't be using them for my period, so I won't need to remove stains, but I definitely want to keep them very clean (I am a neatfreak when it comes to anything down there) and discoloration-free. What soap should I use? BTW I live in a tropical country so sun-drying them isn't an issue, if ever that's a necessary step.

3) Would you guys recommend that I try to make my own liners, even if I'm complete shit at sewing? The liners being sold here are incredibly expensive (the cheapest ones go for 470 Philippine pesos a piece, which is roughly 10-11 USD), and the online store doesn't cover free shipping. Or if it really is not a good idea for someone with the fine motor skills of a cactus to make their own liners, would anyone know of cheaper liners that can be shipped worldwide?

Thanks, and I really hope I can get a few leads!

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Cotton pads usually take - hmm, not exactly sure - half a day to dry? Less if it's hot weather, I'd say, a bit more if it's cool and damp. The Endurapads I mentioned always take less time because they're synthetic. Liners typically dry out quickly (relative to other pads) because they're thinner and are simply not intended to absorb a lot of fluid.

I avoid putting pads into the dryer because (a) over time it will fade the colours more quickly, and (b) I'll feel like ironing them afterwards to make them smoother, and I hate ironing :-) But, you can totally put them in the dryer if you want to. Reason I say this is that a blowdryer is really just a very small dryer, so why not use it if you like; I just suspect it might take some effort for the whole pad to dry that way.

If the weather is warm, and especially if the pads are drying in the sun, my guess is that hanging them outside will result in their drying pretty quickly.

One question, have you tried any of the Facebook cloth pad communities? The ones I know are Amy Nix Cloth & Cups YT Group; The Sew N Tell; and Rump Rehab. All three are closed groups but you can ask to join. They feature a mix of people who are learning to sew pads for themselves, and people like me - folks who don't make pads but are interested in reading/sharing reviews of the many wonderful pad makers out there. The majority of members are American, but you could always post to ask if they know of anyone who is based closer to you and/or sellers whose wares (and shipping prices!) are in your affordable range. The groups are more active than this LJ group seems to be, so you might get a higher response rate, at least!

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