Never used chlorine bleach. It weakens the fibres and may ruin your pads. Oxygen soakers or enzyme sprays are good enough.
Never wash soiled pads in hot water, it will
set the iron from your blood, making a
Do not use fabric softener. It will make the
fabric less absorbent and can lead to leaks.
If you have bothersome stains, try using
sunlight to bleach your pads naturally. If this
is not sufficient, or you don't have a place
where you can discretely sun your pads, try
using a small amount of an oxygen based
cleaner such as Napisan Oxy Action, or your
A FEW drops of tea tree oil in the wash water
can help disinfect and deodorize your pads.
Should your pads develop a musty smell
from sitting in an enclosed space (like the
bottom of your purse if you forget them for a
few days....) you can use white vinegar in the
wash water followed by an extra rinse to be
sure all the vinegar is gone.
If you develop a yeast infection while using
your pads it can contaminate the pads. Either
tea tree oil or vinegar in some soaking water
can help remove any potential stowaways.
You can also sanitise your pads by giving
them a second wash with very hot water (and
tea tree or vinegar if desired) after you've
washed any blood out. Canisten rinse, or
similar, in your final rinse is also appropriate.
Hopefully these information will help you in using cloth pads. Enjoy!