- Although our ceramic aromatherapy products are kiln fired bisque and glazed pieces, handling with care is recommended. Just like ceramic dishes and cups these can break if dropped on a hard surface.
- Use pure essential oils or essential oil blends sparingly (2-3 drops daily) on the unglazed bisque portion of the items which remains porous enough to absorb liquids.
- After several days of dropping the same essential oil on the item, the area of diffusion will increase slightly and will keep a nice “aura” around to use drops only every other day.
- If you stop dropping oil on the bisque, it will take up to three days to completely diffuse before using a different blend.
- If you wish to use a different essential oil before the oil has completely diffused on its own, you may wash the item under the cold tap with soap and allow it to dry before diffusing another essential oil or blend.
Congratulations on making the lifestyle choice of using washable feminine hygiene products. A Hippie Adventure and LePads™ brand appreciate that you have made us a part of your choice, so thank you!
These instructions are for your convenience and not to be taken as the gospel on how to care for your new pads. You can find any number of suggestions on the world wide interwebs with loads of awesome women posting YouTube videos of their cloth pad reviews and pointers (which I found invaluable while researching washable pads in general).
General Care Instructions
It is recommended to wash your pads before use. This will “activate” any Zorb or other highly absorbent materials used in the core pad and ready it for use. Also, I sometimes use a spray bottle of water with a tiny amount of fabric softener or vinegar (OMG! Thanks to Pinterest – saves $$$ from store bought wrinkle/crease release sprays for your clothes, especially when you pack tightly for travel) to shake out any harsh wrinkles in the quilters prints before cutting so this may result in a fragrant smell to the pads when you un-package them. This being said…if possible, avoid using fabric softener in the rinse cycle or softener sheets in the dryer as it can affect the absorbency of the cotton flannel & core layers of the pads. A nice alternative to fabric softener is a tightly wound ball of natural wool yarn in the dryer with your clothes which also helps eliminate any static cling that a dryer would cause in your clothing. Simply make sure LePads™ are completely dry before folding and storing or they can simply lay flat in your lingerie drawer for next use.
To wash leak resistant or non-PUL LePads™ liners and menstrual pads during menses, I recommend rinsing out under cold tap water until the water runs clear. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can, hang them to dry and store them in a mesh bag for your next lingerie load of laundry. While “on the go” you can also fold it without rinsing and slip into a travel wet bag until you get to a place where you can rinse it out or pop into a pad (diaper) pail half filled with water and a cup of vinegar (in a discreet area of your bathroom) until menses is over or you feel the need to run a small load for them. In addition to 3 or more ply of flannel, hemp, cotton and/or bamboo absorbent fabrics, the leak resistant pads are constructed with an environmentally safe TPU fabric generally called Eco-PUL.
LePads™ Heavy and Overnight menstrual pads not only have the leak resistant layer, they have at least one full layer of Zorb in the middle of the other absorbent layers. The Zorb has been pre-washed. The more it gets washed the more absorbent the pad will be ‘til it reaches its best absorbency at about the fifth or sixth washing.
If you have ordered a pad with a wicking fabric as the topper of the core pad, these are the easiest to care for as they tend not to stain at all. Wicking fabrics are modern technical fabrics which draw moisture away from the body. And thus *into* the core of the pad. They are made of high-tech polyester, which, unlike cotton, absorbs very little water, therefore leaving you with a drier feel. Cotton will absorb 7% of its weight in liquid, polyester only 0.4%.
If you have ordered a pad with a hand dyed topper of either organic bamboo velour (OBV), cotton velour or organic cotton Sherpa, I have had the pleasure of dying them myself and the dye has been set however it may lighten somewhat over time if stain sticks are abundantly used. These fabrics are not as prone to stain as the 100% cotton flannel. I hope they are as much of a joy for you to wear as it was for me to dye them!
Immediate cold rinses can eliminate the need for stain sticks on all our pads. With proper care reusable pads can last at least five years and many women have had their cloth pads up to ten years before needing replacement.
I recently came across a fantastic spot cleaner recipe…thank you Pinterest (again)! It works wonderfully on the natural flannel fabrics that I use for many of my core pads which are prone to staining. FYI, you can certainly use a store bought stain stick but this one has been proven to take away even old set in stains! Here is the recipe. 2 parts dish liquid, one part hydrogen peroxide and one part baking soda, mix into a paste. (example: ½ cup dish liquid, ¼ cup Peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda.) Use a decent sized bowl as this will get some volume because of the peroxide and the soda but settles down into a nice gel consistency and can be stored until used up. Just swab onto the stains, let it set for about 5 minutes, rinse and load into a wash cycle.
Oh, and if I haven’t told you yet, you can find AHippieAdventure on Pinterest too! It’s one of my favorite websites for everything of interest to me!
Specialty Fabric Information:
PUL – Besides the fact that it is made using a food grade film, it is also CPSIA & Food Safe tested and manufactured using an Eco-friendly process that involves laminating American-made polyester interlock knit fabric with a specially treated TPU film using a liquefied adhesive in a unique thermal bonding process that melt bonds the film onto the fabric. This makes the PUL soft-handed, flexible and durable. The process uses no toxic solvents and emits no toxic waste or VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals) that are harmful to the environment (unlike other PUL manufacturing processes that cause harm to the environment by releasing VOCs into the atmosphere and toxic waste discharges into the earth). PUL Fabric should never be used with fabric softeners in the wash and if you must use fabric softener try baking soda as it is a natural softener.
Zorb (according to the manufacturer) contains only tangled cellulose fibers from bamboo, cotton, viscose and poly micro fiber. These fibers are non-allergenic, durable and easy to sanitize. They manufacture Zorb in the USA and Canada in modern facilities that are safe and friendly for workers and the environment.
Thank you for making LePads™ a part of your green lifestyle choice!
Our inter-labial pads are very comfortable little pads that give that extra bit of protection when used with panty liners or menstrual pads, as backup to a menstrual cup or for just the right amount of protection from little incontinence due to sneezes etc. Worn externally, folded in half lengthwise tucked between the labia, they help wick your flow to the center of your pad while offering a sense of peace for those with a heavy night flow.
For those of us who tend to gush after sitting or lying down for a while, this will help to lessen probability of leakage towards the front or back of your pad. We have three levels of absorbency in this set to help you determine which type will fit your menstrual or incontinence needs. Level one – light days absorbency pad is simply two layers of flannel sewn together. Level two – moderate days absorbency has one layer of cotton fleece sewn between two layers of flannel. Level three – heavy days absorbency has two layers of cotton fleece sewn between two layers of flannel. They are all cotton and either side can be worn towards your body.
They are so comfortable, you may tend to forget they are there, however they are also small and a soaked pad may drop into the commode if you are not careful to hold on to the tip as you are sitting down.