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« Reply #230 on: August 15, 2007 07:49:51 PM »

I love this topic.. I'm learning how to crochet specifically in order to be able to make these!

Slight digression - you're all cool and i wondered if any of you would be interested in joining my swap
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« Reply #231 on: August 17, 2007 12:06:28 PM »

I would LOVE to use these, but after a bad bout with Toxic Shock, I can't use tampons anymore =( Maybe I'll just go make a Pad Pod and pout.
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« Reply #232 on: February 11, 2008 07:31:10 PM »

I haven't read all 24 pages of comments yet, but what immediately comes to my mind is...
wicking. I'll bet that cotton string will wick like crazy! And I would be extra sure they were fully soaked before pulling out-OUCH  Shocked

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« Reply #233 on: February 12, 2008 09:10:10 AM »

You know, I do think the wicking thing came up, but I'll reply just incase Smiley

I had a terrible time with wicking from traditional tampons. I think its because the fibers are nylon or some other kind of acrylic and cotton blend... the plasticy fibers actually encourage more wicking! I have not experienced any disomfort with removal either. When the flow gets lighter, you can use smaller ones! I have also encouraged people to maybe dampen the tampon with water and CLEAN hands and roll them a little small and long for easier inserting, and maybe this helps with removal too?

Anyway, this is an interesting thread have fun catching up!!!
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« Reply #234 on: February 12, 2008 09:43:03 AM »

cotton stuffed? As in Cotton Balls??? Or what?? I'd be interested in hearing more... Smiley
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« Reply #235 on: February 12, 2008 04:03:04 PM »

How do you insert them?  Huh do you have some sort of applicator?
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« Reply #236 on: February 12, 2008 04:30:34 PM »

cotton stuffed? As in Cotton Balls??? Or what?? I'd be interested in hearing more... Smiley
You can really stuff them with whatever 100% cotton you have.... you can use cotton batting like for quilting, t-shirt material (or old t-shirts), cotton yarn, or cotton balls. The way the cotton is processed is important... you want to make sure it is fairly pure, not all chemically treated, and if you use old cotton t shirts give them a good cleaning before you use them. I use cotton baby diapers.

How do you insert them?  Huh do you have some sort of applicator?

No applicator, they are just like using any commerical, applicator-less tampon. Like O.B. for instance.
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« Reply #237 on: February 18, 2008 07:51:36 PM »

Javastain,
Like many others, I think this is absolutely awesome! Now that it's been some time I was wondering if you settled into a care routine for these, and if so what is it? Thank you so much for putting this out there, and everyone for their input. It was great reading it all!
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« Reply #238 on: February 19, 2008 11:47:19 AM »

Yea actually, I made them in such a way that the insides are removable... I just pull them apart and give them a good rinse, then toss them in with the day's wash. Drying is the most important part, I just make sure they go in the dryer on the HOT setting for at least 20 mins... you can also use UV light to kill bacteria (sun light Smiley ). Take a look at what causes Toxic shock syndrome (staphiloccocus (sp) aureus, or S. aureus) and you will be enlightened!!! Smiley
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« Reply #239 on: February 19, 2008 02:38:19 PM »

i have not read all 25 pages of this, but i was wondering if anyone had mentioned this suggestion for an applicator.  i was a ceramicist for 6 years, and it immediately jumped to mind: porcelain applicator. (i worked in porcelain and stoneware.) dishwasher safe and environmentally friendly.  wouldn't be much harder than making a thimble or a matrioshka doll (which i've done in clay.) just two tubes that fit one in another. 
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