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« Reply #180 on: July 26, 2006 07:53:21 PM »

I continue to use them as needed. I have said before that I am a pad girl mainly, but in the summer I do a lot of water sports, so I have been using them... I can't wait to see if anyone else has been experimenting! I have found that there are a lot of helpful people in the healthfood stores that are willing to help you figure out how to get these things really clean and safe. I have been reading about this stuff called liquid silver, what amazing stuff! It really is sterling silver, and you can take it internally and use it to sanitize/steralize things... anyway, I encourage you to check things out!
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« Reply #181 on: July 29, 2006 01:01:01 AM »

That's a good idea, but I'd be afraid of toxic shock syndrome or stuff like that...
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« Reply #182 on: July 29, 2006 02:02:31 PM »

TSS is due to leaving them too long. 4 hours is the limit but (TMI HERE)

I pour so much that it's more like 2 hours before I have to change .


Changing often will solve the issue...

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« Reply #183 on: July 29, 2006 09:26:56 PM »

That's a good idea, but I'd be afraid of toxic shock syndrome or stuff like that...

I use them to avoid TSS. . .it is nice to be able to count and make sure all tamopns are acounted for at the end of the cycle. . .helps make sure you don't have a case of 'lost tampon'  which can be verry frightening!  That and you can make the strings longer  Cool

I'd had my physical a week after my cycle and asked the Dr. about the unusuial odor Roll Eyes even the she 'didn't see anything wrong', just told my to eat yougut, I did not find out till my next cycle what was going on. . . Cry
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« Reply #184 on: July 30, 2006 02:20:22 AM »

TMI?  Huh   Please, I must know.  Too Much Information?? 

This has been an interesting thread.  You all have convinced me to give the Diva Cup a try!  Thanks for telling me about it.  I hope it's the answer to all my menstruation woes!
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« Reply #185 on: July 30, 2006 08:15:56 AM »

It's a nice idea, but you're going to have to be really careful to sanitize them and keep them sanitized until you use them. It's one thing to have reusable pads, which don't go up INSIDE you, but if you're sticking anything up there it needs to be clean clean clean or you risk nasty infections and stuff. I haven't seen much in the way of reusable tampons on the market and that might be part of why, I don't know. Just, you know, be careful.
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« Reply #186 on: July 30, 2006 08:19:02 AM »

Hey, I had a freind who worked in a lab. They used a UV light to sterilize delicate items that couldn't stand the heat of an autoclave. I have put my kids toys out in the sun, same levels of UV rays as were in the lab as she explained to me. I am sure everyone has had a favorite item of clothes sit in the sun (in your car, or that cool tapestry hanging in the window) and seen what the sun does! I have left clothes on the clothes line for two days and seen the sun dammage... anyway, UV rays are another way to kill bacteria, and I am pretty darn sure that if you change out your tampons (which you  might be more likely to do if you weren't paying for them and putting the waste into the environment) you wouldn't really increase the risk of infections like TSS. Also, Tee tree oil (although VERY irritating) is a naturaly antibacterial, and I would aslo suggest that there are many alternative ways to sterilize ar at least 'antibacterialize' these guys... but needless to say, I am asking that question FIRST! I am going to try some with cotton floss too, so the 'bumps' aren't so bumpy, although I don't really imagine that they will be a problem...

Hope someone knits some, I'd love to see them!

Anyone know a retailer for the organic cotton yarns?


UV light is not going to kill anything living deep inside the tampon, though. Perhaps you could make them so the stuffing can come out? (Especially if it's rolled up fabric) and get cleaned/dried more thoroughly?
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« Reply #187 on: July 30, 2006 09:09:27 AM »

Ya, I have been considering that. What happens with the cotton yarn is that is shrinks at a different rate than the fabric, so when I wash them seperately, the two sometimes don't fit back together! The outer crocheted tampon shrinks  quite a bit with no stuffing in it... I have been using mine once each during my cycle, then giving them a good rinse and boil on the stove... then we have been having such HOT weather here in Washington (well hot for us!) that I have out them out on a towel in the sun (rotating them once) so they would dry. Then I put them away, in my panty drawer not in the bathroom, until next cycle. I think in the winter I will dry them in the dryer, but I think this is a good way of ensuring that nothing has 'incubated'... seems like a month there wouldn't be much for any little critter to sustain themselves on if the things have been boiled and UV dried...

If you do a search on the sea sponge tampon... there is a TON of good information on re-using material internally. They have done their homework in order to offer commercially, a re-usable menstrual products.
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« Reply #188 on: September 18, 2006 03:30:30 PM »

aa ive been following this thread forever, and iwanted to say thanks because i barely even realized how much i threw out! Reusable products like the cloth pads or the"diva cup" you guys rock!
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« Reply #189 on: September 18, 2006 03:52:50 PM »

Sorry if this has been asked before....I'm currently still wading through (up to page 11 though!). Has anyone tried making these with those little tube knitters, like suggested earlier on?

I'm not up to knitting in the round yet, and my crochet is...well...dusty to say the least, but those mini-knitting looms aren't too expensive to try...
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