Last week, I put up a post about women’s panties. A research conducted by someone on some women says that women now own an average of 34 panties. Eager to test this theory, I did the only thing I could think of doing: I counted all my panties and took a picture of them. All 41 of them.
The comment above is from the panty post, and it was left by Estella. She wanted to know when a woman should wash her panties.
I cannot say that I know when a woman should wash her panties. I can only tell you when I wash mine. Every morning. I know I have blogged about this somewhere before, but I just don’t remember where now. I wash my panties every morning because I am a creature of habit. I wash it and hang it on a hanger.
Yes, these panties are hanging on my window, and no, that’s not where I hang them every morning. I only brought them here to take a better picture. I don’t have a real camera, so I took this with my iPad which doesn’t have flash. So I needed a well-lit place to take the picture. And errr, no, my neighbors were not looking – I think.
I attended one lone semester of boarding school in Nigeria where we washed our panties every morning just as we were about to take a shower, and since then, I have been unable to stop the habit. We also used to tie our sponge around our waist, so that way, it would get rinsed at the same time our body was getting rinsed. Up until I stopped using that kind of sponge – here in America – I still used to tie the sponge around my waist.
I don’t wash my panty in the morning because I think it is the right place and time to do it, but because I am used to it. Pendo made a point about the panties not being washed well because you’re in a hurry, but that doesn’t really happen to me. Like brushing my teeth, washing my panty has become a solid part of my routine, so it is part of my bathroom-allotted time.
The other point that Estelle raised is about the secretions women have. Yes, this is true; we do have secretions, and there are days that the panty has no secretion on it, and days that it is the exact opposite. Either way, I am so used to washing it in the morning (or whenever I’m taking a shower).
That said, another point raised by Estelle is the use of panty liners. I
have had never, ever used panty liners before. I see them in stores, but I have always imagined that they’d feel more like tiny menstrual pads, and who wants to wear one of those all day, everyday?
Because Estelle brought it up, however, I went to the store and bought me a pack. I don’t know much – if anything – about panty liners, so I could not tell which one was the better brand or size to buy. I ended up with Kotex for two simple reasons: they’re cute! Okay, one simple reason.
These Kotex liners are very small and to my pleasant surprise, also very thin. There are other types of liners – thicker, longer – so you don’t have to use this brand or type alone. This will technically eliminate the issue of having secretions on your panty. And you can see that they’re so think that they’re even kind of transparent. You don’t even feel them on your underwear. I’ve been bought. Can you tell?
One more thing, I will not pile my panties till they’re all gone before I wash them. Perhaps, part of the reason for this is my compulsion to wash them at the sink anyway, but that aside, that would be like me piling up my clothes till they are all completely dirty. I can’t. I do my laundry every weekend, unless there just isn’t the time. In which case, Monday would have to suffice.
About washing them (the panties) in a washer, it makes me feel like they are not completely washed. When I wash them with my hands, I can concentrate on the part that soaks up the secretions, but when I wash them in the washer, the washer doesn’t know where to concentrate. Believe me, I have barked instructions at it several times, but it’s like talking to a big metal box.
There is only one time that I soak my panties, and that is when a little Ms. Flow accident occurs. If the accident is major and panty-threatening, then I will discard the panty. If it’s not panty-threatening, I will soak it. It will do you well to not imagine this stained panty thing.