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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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Hi there!

I use cloth daily wear liners. I find that on most days, I use only one, but when I'm ovulating, I may go through two in a day. I have more than a dozen pads, but how many you need will probably depend on how often you are able to wash them. Even when I'm in the process of replacing mine, every few years, I make sure that I have at least a week's worth (seven to ten) that are wearable.

I make my own, so I'm sorry that I can't help with any info about where to buy them online. I can, however, recommend Luna Wolf's pattern, which is now available for free: http://lunawolf.co.uk/wordpress/. If you're going to make your own pads, hers is a great pattern, with step-by-step instructions and clear pictures, as well as multiple sizes. I find the panty-liner-sized pads a bit small for my everyday wear, so I use the 8.5" size for daily liners.

Good luck! =)

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