Do these 3 things to transform your most used hannahpads
Been using your hannahpads for a while and they’re looking a little worse for wear? Honestly, if you're a year into your cloth pad use that’s how they should be looking. It's very normal, but what's normal wear?
- Minimal staining
- Cotton piling (tiny fuzzy balls) occurs especially with hand washing
- Beige coloured organic cotton fades over time
- Cotton fibre stiffens over time
Notice these occurring to yours? It's all good, just all part of using and reusing organic cloth pads.
Winnie's over 2y/o hannahpads- despite the piling all over, light staining in the center, and a bit of stiffness they work well and are still way better than disposables
Just because they’re well-loved, doesn’t mean you can’t improve the look of them.
Here are 3 things to do to transform your hannahpads:
Use cold water
Contrary to what you might think, it’s actually cold water that works best when you’re trying to get stains out. Literally mind blown, we know. Why not warm or lukewarm water?
Well, warm water (even lukewarm) will set the protein blood stains deep into the cotton fibres making it hard to remove once it’s dried.
The entire process of washing your hannahpads should start and end with cold water. That means all rinsing, soaking to washing should be done in COLD WATER ONLY. Give it a go and you’ll be surprised how easy and quick it is to remove most bloody discharge and light staining.
Cold water is key. Never lukewarm, warm or hot.
Soak in natural stain remover
We can’t stress how important the soaking step is to maintain the look of hannahpad’s organic cotton. Get close to having your cloth pads looking like new again by soaking (in cold water) with natural stain removers for a minimum of 6 hours, best overnight. What is a natural stain remover or soaker?
Ever heard of sodium sesquicarbonate? This is a double salt of sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate which is commonly used in bath salts and natural baby laundry products. Due to concerns over toxicity of most name brand cleaning and laundry products, sodium sesquicarbonate is far better in that it doesn’t contain anything but double salt. None of that filler stuff that are toxic in most brands that does nothing to actually clean and target stains.
You can purchase this amazing laundry soaker here and see it work its natural magic by lifting the stains off your washing and making them easier to remove.
After an overnight soak, you can either throw them into the washing machine or just rinse thoroughly by hand before drying.
If you prefer hand washing your cloth pads, you must try this Tuff Stuff Stain Remover Soap. Again, made from natural ingredients of lemon and eucalyptus essential oils that works together to specifically target tough stains.
Rinse, wash and soak your hannahpads as soon as you get home. These all help to lift and remove stains especially soaking.
Dry under the sun
Another crucial part to using hannahpad or any cloth pads is the drying. All cloth pads are made with a multi-layered core. Ours specifically are made from certified organic cotton sheets internally and on the top sheet that touches your skin.
As the size gets bigger, you guessed it, so does the absorbency level and number of sheets. Therefore, it’s important that you dry your freshly washed cloth pads thoroughly and fast, if possible.
Drying hannahpads under the sun is best but not always possible. Therefore, to quicken the drying process use the spin cycle on your washing machine to remove excess water before hanging up to dry indoors or outdoors. Even better, you can place your cloth pads near a heater or duct heating (any heating system) to dry them faster in cold winter months. In summer, it’s just easier and better to dry them under direct sunlight.
Drying cloth pads properly not only keeps them looking great over time but also prevents them from becoming mouldy. Yes, your cloth pads can become moudly if not completely dried inside and out. There is definitely a difference between mould (green) and natural staining so be aware whether they're dry and what normal staining looks like on your cloth pads.
Please keep in mind that drying time may take anywhere between 24-48hrs or longer in winter months.
Friendly reminder: DO NOT tumble/machine dry hannahpads (cloth pads may shrink and heat can damage the waterproof coating)
- Soften your cloth pads by soaking them in epsom salt (natural fabric softener) for a couple of hours, rinse out and hang to dry.
- Piling will not create any discomfort when wearing the cloth pad but if you're really bothered by it, use a lint shaver and LIGHTLY go over the cotton top sheet. I haven't once treated my set of hannahpads for piling in over 2 years and they feel just fine against my skin.