I am looking at my cleaned and dried pads. They are totally white! I am so pleased.
My experiences with spilling blood on things like sheets and undies (sorry if TMI, but this thread IS about periods) is that i never totally get the stains out. It's clear to me that the secret is not letting the blood dry out in the first place. By rinsing the pads under cold water (never hot), and then placing in a crock with water and a tablespoon of detergent, these are super simple to get totally clean when your period is done.
What I did:
-rinsed used pad under cold water. Hot water sets protein stains, FYI.
-set pad in crock with water and minute amount of laundry detergent
- when period was over, I used spray and wash on stained part of pads and set.
- handwashed pads under running cold water briefly, to get soap out. I rubbed the pad cloth together to loosen stains.
- let pads air dry. I just placed them over a wire shelf. Do not use machines with heat - remember that heat sets blood stains. Also, i think placing these in a dryer would be overkill. Treat the pads like you would your nicer underwears.
Anyway. Totally white, clean and nice smelling from the detergent. I didn't need to use any bleach at all. If I didn't have spray and wash, I would have used hydrogen pyroxide.
What are your experiences cleaning your cloth menstrual pads? Did you get them stain-free? Do you use bleach?