Caring For Reusable Menstrual Products During a Yeast Infection

Posted by Sam on 9/29/2016 to Cloth Pad Washing
Caring For Reusable Menstrual Products During a Yeast Infection
We all dread having to deal with a yeast infection. Truth is, many of us have probably been there! While some seem to have less infection after making the switch to cloth pads because they no longer experience the discomfort of bleached paper products, they can still happen.  However, just because you’re dealing with a yeast infection doesn’t mean you have to switch from your cloth pads, in fact some women find soothing relief in our Raw Silk Pantyliners

When caring for your cloth pads during a yeast infection, there’s just a few things to consider. To protect your cloth pads, we advise to avoid bleach, vinegar and softeners or dryer sheets.  This is still true during a yeast infection.  Just rinse in cold water, wash on warm and tumble dry in your dryer. The best thing to do for your cloth pad stash is to Sun them. It’s as simple as placing them in the sun’s rays.  Don’t underestimate the power of the Sun’s rays when it comes to lightening, staining or killing surface bacteria. Also be sure to be careful with any creams that you may be using.  Any cream that is water based should be just fine to use with your cloth pads

For your menstrual cup it’s very important to sanitize so it doesn’t continue the infection.  Silicone is not a material that harbors bacteria. However, any time you empty your cup, try and wash it with a small dab of fragrance free soap and warm water.  If you’re away from home when you empty your cup and are not able to wash properly before reinserting, just wash it when you return home. Be sure to check the air holes at the top of your menstrual cup to make sure they’re cleaned too. To best clean out the air holes, fill the cup with water and place your palm over the top of the cup. Flip the cup over with your palm still against it and gentle squeeze.  This will push the water through those air holes to clean them out.  Boiling your menstrual cup is also a great option.  After your period and before you start the next cycle, consider boiling it. Fill a pot with plenty of water to make sure the cup can float without touching the bottom.  The bottom of the pot will get hot enough to melt your menstrual cup. You can also put the menstrual cup inside a whisk and boil it in there to make sure it doesn’t touch the hot pot. Boil your cup for a few minutes, remove it from the pot and allow it to cool and try on towel.  Sunning is also a great idea.  Just place you menstrual cup in the sun to allow it to dry or remove any discoloration.  Always be sure to store your cup in a breathable bag.  Many menstrual cups come with a small drawstring cloth bag to store it in when you’re not on your period. 

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