A feminine pad system consisting of a fabric envelope, called the outer, and different inner pieces called liners that slip inside the outer fabric envelope. When designing LADYJUNK, lack of bulk, comfort, ease of washing and drying and efficient use of fabric and labour to keep cost low were key concerns.
WHY NO WINGS?
Wings use more fabric and require more labour which adds cost for the buyer. Wings need snaps and sometimes snaps break or pull out. I wanted no parts that could fail. Since LADYJUNK has no waterproof backing and I suggest the use of store pantyliners for waterproof backing, this is how you get wings if you prefer them. Buy winged pantyliners.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The outer is open on one side, like an envelope. The liners fit inside. Using different combinations of liners gives you more or less absorbency, as your needs change. LADYJUNK has regular and heavy duty liners as well as shorter booster liners for targeted absorption. It will take some experimenting to find what works for you.
HOW DO I WASH THEM?
Hand wash only. To keep LADYJUNK as soft as possible they are zigzagged, not serged. Hand washing will ensure many years of use.
Keep a bucket of COLD water with a little squirt of soap (I use shampoo) in your bathroom. You only need enough water to cover the pads. Washing does not require lots of water. Get a fresh bucket of COLD, soapy water at least once a day.
When you change your pad, take the liners out of the outer and place them all in the cold, soapy water. Soak for several hours or overnight.
To wash, run some warm water in sink or bucket (don't need much). Rub a little soap on the pad, any soap will do. Roll the pad into a short roll, and rub / roll vigorously between your palms (like you used to roll playdough into long tubes as a kid) ! Rinse in clear, warm water at least twice. Leaving soap in is a common problem that will cause irritation. Squeeze out water then drop the LADYJUNK on a towel, roll it up and step on it a few times to blot out extra water. Blotting out the excess water in the towel speeds the dry time. Finger smooth the pads flat when you hang them to dry. They will be slightly stiff when dry. Just rub them to get the fibres flexible again. If they are TOO stiff, you might not have all the soap rinsed out.
For a stubborn stain, powdered Oxi-Clean Versatile Stain Remover is the stuff I use. Follow directions on the package and make enough for a few inches of warm water in a bucket and let them soak. Or add a bit of this to your cold soak water and let the pads sit in it for several hours. (In some very rare cases Oxi-Clean, in high concentrations, will remove the colour from the fabric. Learned this the hard way.)
A little hydrogen peroxide (the kind from the drug store) in your soak water will also help bubble out stains. You will be surprised to find the big messes clean up really well and it's the lighter flow that tends to dry a bit, that is harder to remove. Dried blood can be very stubborn!
Never bleach them. Never use fabric softener and never iron them. It flattens the fibres and they are not as absorbent that way. The more you use them, the better they get!
CAN THEY TRAVEL WITH ME?
You will need a waterproof bag to put the used LADYJUNK in to bring them home to wash. You can sew your own, use a zip-lock baggy, or find a cute, waterproof make-up bag at the thrift store. Make sure you take some tape with you to tape in your fresh LADYJUNK when away from home. Youtube is full of videos on the subject of using fabric pads away from home, check them out.
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HOW DO THEY STAY IN?
Adhesive. First aid tape also called medical tape. A piece about an inch long at each side of the crotch, attaching the LADYJUNK to your panties. You can add another short piece at front and back if you feel the need. The tape works very well on cotton panties, not as well on slippery fabrics. You will need to purchase tape. Dollar stores or the drugstore will carry it. A roll of tape works for many periods! Taping the pad directly to your underwear makes a very stable placement.
Sometimes, depending on your brand of tape, it can be VERY sticky and difficult to get off the pad. Do not pick and tear at it and risk ripping stitching. Instead, leave the tape on, throw it into the soak bucket and pick the tape off when it's wet and soapy. It comes off a lot easier then. Whatever tape you purchase, make sure you can rip it easily with your fingers and don't need a scissors to cut it.
WILL THEY LEAK THROUGH?
Yes! There is no waterproof backing on LADYJUNK. Some ladies never need a waterproof barrier. I DO! For that, I use a store pantyliner. With frequent LADYJUNK changes, one store pantyliner can last 24 hours or more! If your period is light you might not need a pantyliner at all. Only you know your period and it will take some experimenting. Place the store pantyliner in your underwear as usual then tape the LADYJUNK on top. Easy! If you feel more protected with wings, this is the way to get them, buy winged pantyliners. One box of pantyliners lasts many months if you only use one or two per cycle. I feel better throwing away only one or two pantyliners per period instead of 20 maxi-pads! The garbage I create and money I spend are both reduced!
HOW MANY DO I NEED?
The Starter Kit is not enough for a full period but it's a good start. You will want enough that while some are soaking and some are drying you still have enough to get through the day. It's a process and it will take some time to figure out. I wash pads once a day. If you don't want to wash some every day, you will need more. My own stash is 11 outers and 25 liners. ( I often double up the regular liners, it's a good rule to have 2 liners for every outer) This allows me some to use, some soaking and some drying. If your periods are lighter you won't need that many. You can buy outers and liners separately. (see ORDER HERE)
It is a good plan to have some store pads on hand as you experiment with how many LADYJUNK you will need, how often you need to change, how long it takes you to wash, dry and get them back in use. Store pads have their place in this world. Even though I love love love my LADYJUNK pads, I keep some store pads for emergency moments and for guests who have unexpected lady needs.
WHY DID I SWITCH?
Store pads simply could not absorb my flow fast enough. Cotton has a faster absorbency rate than store pads. Not better, different. I still have to change them often. But they are so much more comfy to wear! The cost of buying maxi pads was adding up! LADYJUNK pays for itself and saves money over the long run. There is a lot less stinky bathroom garbage being hauled out. I thought washing LADYJUNK would be a chore but it turns out that I don't mind it. It feels like something I do to take care of myself. Even with buying pantyliners as the waterproof barrier and tape, I still save significant money, make a lot less garbage and never run out of pads. And my pads make me smile, which is an entirely new period event!
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