How Do You Use Reusable Panty Liners?
What is a panty liner?
A panty liner, reusable or otherwise, is a feminine hygiene item. It is a piece of absorbent material that you put in your knickers to absorb vaginal discharge, light menstrual flow or light incontinence and can also be used when spotting or as a backup when using a menstrual cup or tampon.
Reusable panty liners are thinner than cloth pads. They can be worn every day and are great at keeping you feeling dry and fresh, giving peace of mind when you are due to start your period, and protecting your underwear from staining.
Reusable panty liners are made of washable cloth and tend to popper into your undies rather sticking to them. They are chemical-free, plastic-free and kinder to both your body and the environment.
Using reusable panty liners
Essentially using reusable panty liners is just the same as using a disposable one. The difference comes when you are not using it.
If you have a washing machine then you have all the equipment you need to make the switch to reusable panty liners. You may also like to have a small wet bag (a washbag or makeup bag is perfect for this). You can even get specially designed wash bags with a removable lining that doubles as a wash bag and goes straight into your machine.
Of course, you need to check the washing instructions of your reusable panty liners but generally, you can just chuck them in with your normal was and many can even be tumble dried as well.
When the pads are dry you can fold them up and popper them closed. This makes the reusable panty liners easy to store and keeps them clean until you need to use them. You can then store them in your knicker drawer or keep a couple in a little pouch in your bag just in case.
To use simply unfold the pad and popper them around the gusset of your underwear. They stay put brilliantly and most people find they are much more comfortable to wear than disposables.
Also the fact that they don’t have any nasty chemicals makes reusable panty liners much less irritating and less drying, plus they are breathable leading to a far healthier experience.
Reusable panty liners make a great back up for menstrual cups (or tampons) during your period and can be used every day throughout the month. They are light, thin and comfortable to wear. However, they are not as absorbent as cloth pads and these may be preferable for some.
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