Cloth napkins are recommended for alleviating menstrual pain and keeping you warm.
As we introduced in the benefits of cloth napkins , cloth napkins are washable and reusable, making them sustainable and not only good for the environment but also for your body and wallet.
For those who want to start using cloth napkins but find it difficult to wash them, we will introduce washing methods and tips for removing stains beautifully under the supervision of laundry expert Rie Hirashima.
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easy! How to wash cloth napkins``It seems difficult to wash cloth napkins.'' ``Will the stains come off properly?'' Many people may be worried about washing cloth napkins before they start using them. However, once you get used to washing it, it's very easy!
Thorough explanation of how to wash cloth napkins in 3 stepsThings to prepare
- Baking soda or alkaline wash (sesquicarbonate of soda)
- Dipping bucket (in this article, we are using an Omniutti bucket)
*Avoid using aluminum materials for buckets for dipping.
Linenna's laundry detergent is slightly alkaline, so it is not compatible with aluminum materials that are sensitive to alkalis.
pre-washBefore soaking, use lukewarm water or water to remove menstrual blood by pushing out the dirt. Wear rubber gloves to prevent infection.
soak and wash
Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda or alkaline wash (sesquicarbonate of soda) to 1.5 liters of 40℃ hot water in a bucket and mix well.
Place a cloth napkin, dirty side down, firmly in a bucket and leave it to soak overnight.
If you slide it along the wall of the bucket, it will sink firmly into the cleaning solution without trapping air.
Shut down the odor by closing the bucket lid!
Put cloth napkins in the washing machine and give it a spin.
Place the soaked cloth napkins in the washing machine.
If you are concerned about snap buttons getting damaged, put them in a laundry bag.
Using fabric softener may reduce the absorbency of cloth napkins.
However, if you are concerned about losing the texture of your cloth napkins, add a small amount of fabric softener to them before washing.
Detergent that removes stains from cloth napkins just by soaking and washing | Rinenna #1Linenna's laundry detergent is made with a unique formulation that focuses on difficult-to-remove protein stains from the body.
Therefore, stains from menstrual blood can be thoroughly removed by simply soaking them and washing them in the washing machine.
If you soak and wash in the correct manner, there is no need to rub the menstrual blood stains.
Bleach "breaks" dirt and removes it, making the fibers more likely to break down along with the dirt, causing damage to the fabric.However, Linenna's detergent uses a proprietary blend of carefully selected cleaning ingredients to "remove" dirt. Because we are particular about removing the cloth, it does not damage the texture of the cloth napkin.
How to wash cloth napkins with Rinenna #1
- Pour 2 liters of 40℃ hot water and 20g of Rinenna #1 (2 scales of attached spoon) into a bucket and stir well.
- Place a cloth napkin, dirty side down, firmly in a bucket and leave it to soak overnight.
- Without touching the soaked cloth napkin, just put it in the washing machine with the soaking solution.
You can use the detergent you usually use when you run the washing machine.
(If you run the washing machine with linen, it will remove not only the cloth napkins but also the dirt from the washing tub.)
Cloth napkins have a waterproof fabric that makes it difficult for dirt to escape from the fibers. If there are still stains after washing, please try soaking it again.
Points to note when washing cloth napkins
Pre-wash cloth napkins before soaking them to prevent stains and yellowing.If you use Linenna's laundry detergent, you don't need to massage it, but if there are clots of menstrual blood or the stains are heavy, remove the menstrual blood with lukewarm water or water below 40 degrees Celsius before soaking and washing to prevent stains. It's difficult.
Blood coagulates when it comes in contact with hot water above 50-60℃, but it is easier to remove stains with hot water than with cold water, so pre-wash with hot water that is about the temperature of a bath.
Rough scrubbing will damage the fabric, so please be gentle and rinse just enough to remove menstrual blood.
Menstrual blood begins to deteriorate after about 8 hours, making it difficult to remove stains, so if you have removed your cloth napkins and it has been a while, pre-wash them and place them in a soaking bucket.
If you don't have linen, dissolve baking soda, alkaline wash, or your own laundry detergent in hot water before soaking it.
When soaking, place the cloth napkin with the dirty side facing down.
There's a reason why menstrual blood comes off when you wear underwear, but not when you use cloth napkins.
Cloth napkins, regardless of manufacturer, are coated with waterproof fabric, making them difficult to remove stains from. Therefore, when soaking it, it is important to make sure to submerge it firmly with the dirty side facing down .
Cloth napkins are lightweight, so be sure to submerge them in the soaking liquid.
If you slide it in diagonally, no air will get in and it will soak in the soaking liquid.
Approximate soaking time for cloth napkins
Please leave it on for about 4 to 8 hours .
The same bucket is sufficient for 4 to 5 cloth napkins for one day, but if the stains are severe, increase the amount of detergent and hot water.
Also, hot water removes stains better, so when the soaking liquid has cooled down, add more hot water and detergent to make it easier to remove stains.
Also, please note that if you leave the napkin soaked for more than 24 hours, "recontamination" will occur, where the dirt that was removed will return to the napkin.
Generally speaking, it is a no-no to add aromatic essential oils to a cleaning solution containing detergent because you are concerned about the smell that may occur while soaking. Oil is the opposite of detergent, which removes stains, so avoid mixing it.
If you are concerned about odors, burn an aromatic scent in the bathroom or use a diffuser.
Washing cloth napkins may seem difficult, but once you get used to it, it's surprisingly easy.
Furthermore, if you use Linenna's detergent, you can remove menstrual blood stains by just leaving it on without rubbing it!
Would you like to start using cloth napkins, which you have had a hard time getting started with?