Hygiene products are products used by ladies during their monthly flow, known as menstruation. These products include sanitary pads, sanitary napkins, tampons, among others. They make monthly flows easier to deal with, as you can easily go about your daily activities while on your period.
However, when it comes to disposal, many ladies make a lot of mistakes when disposing of their hygiene products. Disposal mistakes are not very nice. They say a lot about the lady, it could affect her health, as well as the health of people in her immediate environment.
Sanitary pads, for example, are one of the most used hygiene products. That is why it is important to know how to properly dispose of them. It tells greatly of who and how you are, as a lady. The following are tips on how to dispose of your sanitary products properly:
1. Don't dispose of it if you're not at home:
Many ladies visit a friend, sleepover, and make the mistake of throwing their used pads in the trash at their friend's place. This is wrong. For the fact that you are at an unfamiliar place, you shouldn't feel free enough to dispose of it. If you know that you'll be having your period while out visiting someone, then go along with a watertight bag. This will contain all your used pads and keep the odor from coming out. Then when you get home, you can now dispose of them.
The reason is simple, some people do not like sanitary products of other people being thrown in their trash. They might even complain bitterly about it.
The only exception is if you're staying there for a while, say, for weeks or months, and you wouldn't feel comfortable keeping used pads around. In this case, if your host is female, you should ask her for tips on how she disposes of hers. This will prevent any annoyance that might arise on her part, and it will also save you a lot of stress.
2. Don't try to flush it down the toilet:
It is not tissue paper, for starters. In addition, it is made up of a substance that causes it to swell, instead of dissolving, when submerged, therefore causing blockage to your pipes and drains. If you've been flushing your pads, now is the best time to stop that habit.
Sanitary products are not meant to be flushed, that's why they are created the way they are. Some packages even come with specific instructions for disposal, depending on the region you reside. But in whatever you do, never consider flushing it down the toilet, whether modern toilet cistern or pit, it doesn't matter.
3. Don't burn it:
This is another mistake some ladies make while disposing of their sanitary products. Burning only causes environmental pollution, as a result of the smoke, and spreads germs even faster. So, do not try to burn your sanitary products. If you've been burning your refuse in general, now is a good time to stop it, because it's not the best disposal method. It is not advisable, health-wise.
4. Wrap it carefully before disposing of:
Don't just throw it in the trash, uncovered. Wrap it carefully to draw away any unnecessary attention that might be called to it. There was a time when used sanitary products were highly sought after by scavengers, to use for their evil purposes. Whether it is still highly sought after is unknown, but try as much as possible to be discreet.
If you have, use old newspapers to wrap up the pad, before tying it up in a plastic bag tied up in a plastic bag. That should be done before you finally throw it out in your bin.
This is so to avoid scavengers, and also to make sure that the sight of your menstrual flow is well hidden, in case your trash gets scattered. It can be pretty embarrassing for it to get exposed in that manner, that is why you need to wrap it up carefully.
5. Throw it in the outer bin:
And not the one you keep in your kitchen. Or bedroom. The reason is very simple. Germs are looking for every possible means to get in. The slightest chance you give to them, then that is it. So, always keep your used hygiene products as far from the house as possible, properly wrapped up, and disposed of properly. This will save you from a lot of health hazards.
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