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I've been reading the cloth pad recommendation thread and that has inspired me to try them. Problem is, I live in a dorm with no privacy whatsoever. How would you recommend I rinse/wash them? I'm not willing to use the sinks in the public restrooms or laundry rooms for rinsing. I shower daily and wash laundry weekly. I think there should be some way to wash them in the shower, but I'm not quite sure how. Also, would it be problematic to store dirty ones in my wardrobe or laundry bag all day without soaking them? I imagine that might cause an odor problem. Also, if anyone has a clever idea for drying them unseen, that would be appreciated as well. Right now I think lying flat on the top of my wardrobe is the most discreet location.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks very much. I'm pretty excited about this, if I can make it work.
 

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I don't have many recommendations for rinsing them, although I'm sure it's feasible anywhere, really. But since you live in a dorm, I wanted to suggest a menstrual cup, which can be very discreet and easy to use. I've been using a <a href="http://www.mooncup.co.uk" target="_blank">mooncup</a> for a year and a half now, and I'm very pleased with it, particularly when travelling with it.
 

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The best thing I can think of is to buy a bucket and wash them in a bucket in the laundry room in the laundry room sink. It wouldn't gaurantee privacy, but maybe you could do it at a time when no one is around.<br><br><br><br>
Drying- Maybe clip them on a hanger in your closet?
 

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I bought some cloth pads that have a little hook inside so you can hang them to dry on your hangers in your closet. I've heard of women washing their pads in the shower. You can also pre-rinse your pads in the shower, then dry them on hangers in your closet (if you have a hook on them, but you can sew one on), and then toss them in your laundry bag to put in the regular laundry.
 

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i didn't use them in the dorm, but i did use them when i shared an apt in africa. my roommates were freaked out, until i asked them "what do you think women did before the advent of disposable menstrual products?" and then they left me alone.<br><br><br><br>
i washed in the sink in the bathroom. i washed the sink after washing them so that no one felt strange. i line-dried them outside (in the closet might be problematic because it's dark and wet + dark + warm = mold. wouldn't want that. ), but anywhere that is open and has access to light (window ledge lying flat?) should work well.<br><br><br><br>
washing in the shower should be fine too.
 

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I also think something like a diva cup would help with this. Use that with the pad as backup, and you wont have as much washing to do, I'd imagine.
 

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yeah, 'cept some of us don't like tampon-like things. i would never use a diva cup because of preferences. nothing wrong with diva cups, but i wouldn't use one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
but if the OP wants one, go for it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks for all your help. I do think that diva cups are probably one of the best ways to manage periods, but like Zoebird, I can't handle putting things inside my body.<br><br><br><br>
Turns out that the whole thing is moot now, for a good reason. I recently found out the my roommate and I will have our own bathroom next year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:"> I definitely have enough disposables to last the rest of this school year, so I'll wait until the summer to buy the cloth ones.
 

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I would rince it off in the shower, then blow dry it untill it's dry enough for you to store until laundrey day. As for storing them, they should loose most of there odor when you rince them off, as for any remaining odor, store them in a plastic bag.<br><br><br><br>
But, something else for you to consider is this: If you are using public washers/driers, they could be dirty and your then your pads wouldn't be exactly clean, now would they? I don't know, it's just a sugestion that I read when I bought my reusable pad, they said not to use public washing machines, I'm not really sher why.
 
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