Okay. Now that very important rule has been established, here are some tips on how to dispose sanitary pads elegantly and discreetly, while being considerate of other using the same bathroom as yourself.
How to dispose sanitary pads
When You’re Changing Your Pad
If you’re changing your pad (i.e. putting a fresh new pad on after taking a used one off), you can wrap your used pad in the wrapper of the new pad you just stuck in your knickers.
Always sanitary pad wrappers have a convenient tab closure on them for just this purpose. All you have to do is take your used pad, place it in the wrapper, roll it up, and secure it with the tab. Then bin it and wash your hands. Easy peasy.
How to Dispose Sanitary Pads When You’re Not Putting on Another Pad
If you’re removing your pad and not putting a new one on because it’s the end of your period, roll up your pad so none of the menstrual fluid is showing and then bin it. You may choose to wrap some toilet paper around your pad before putting it in the waste bin.
How to Dispose Sanitary Pads When You’re at Home
Disposal of sanitary pads when you’re at home is pretty straightforward and up to you how you’d like to do it.
As long as you’re following the golden rule of sanitary pad disposal – bin it, don’t flush it! – the rest is up to you. Here are your options:
#1 If you are the only one using your bathroom and cleaning it, feel free to toss your used pad as is in the bin if you wish.
#2 Or you may wish to roll up your pad, using the adhesive back to roll the pad, so that none of your menstrual fluid shows on top.
#3 After rolling up your pad, you may choose to wrap it up either in a few sheets of toilet paper or in the wrapper of the new pad you’re putting on.
How to Dispose Sanitary Pads When You’re Out and About
How to dispose sanitary towels at a friend’s house is pretty much the same as how to dispose sanitary towels at home.
However, if you don’t have a wrapper on hand, you may want to wrap your rolled-up pad in some toilet paper out of courtesy to your host. It’s never pleasant to open up the waste basket and to come face to face with someone else’s menstrual blood.