Always prewash your reusable sanitary pads before first use. Due to the nature of the fabrics the pads will increase in absorbency with washing and will reach their maximum absorbency around 5 washes.
Storing to prevent stains
The best method to prevent stains from setting is to rinse your pad in cold water and then store in a small waterproof wet bag. Alternatively soaking them in cold water until wash day is also ideal. If this isn’t practical, you can rinse in cold water before putting in the washing machine and you could consider using a stain remover on any areas that the blood has dried. However, prevention is better than cure so ideally wetting the pad with cold water before any blood dries is preferential.
Your cloth pads can be washed all together as one wash or wash as you go with your usual washing. Theycan be washed at any temperature 60°C or below.
Don’t use any fabric softener.
Pads can be added to normal household laundry - just do a separate rinse first and then add the rest of your laundry. Make note you should NOT use laundry softener as this will decrease the absorbency over time by leaving a residue on the fabrics.
Your cloth pads can be hung up to dry anywhere in your home. Hanging outside near sunlight is alsogood as the sun will help bleach out any remaining stains. They can also be tumble dried on a cold or very low heat setting.