Wondering how to wash your cloth pads? It’s easier than you think.
Care Instructions for Reusable Cloth Pads
There are many ways to care for cloth pads. I just rinse mine in cold water after use and store in a little container under the sink until wash day (I recommend washing within 3 days or less.) If I’m away from home, I store my pads in a wet bag–a waterproof bag made with PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) that can be thrown in the washer and reused again and again. Many cloth pad and diaper makers carry wet bags, but if you don’t have one a ziploc bag will work just as well.
Some women soak their mama cloth in cold water until laundry day. If you choose this method, change the soak water at least once each day.
If you are concerned about stains you can pour a little hydrogen peroxide directly on the pads after use or use oxyclean in your washer.
Pads can be machine laundered and dried at any temperature, but they will last longer (and stain less) if you wash in cold and hang to dry or machine dry on medium or low.
IMPORTANT: Never use bleach or fabric softener when washing your pads! Bleach can cause your pads to break down, and fabric softener can cause them to lose their absorbancy.
A note about zorb: Pads with zorb as the core fabric can be used as soon as you receive them, but they will continue to become more absorbant through the next few wash cycles.