Disposal of incontinence pads can get in the way of daily activities and interfere with an individual’s social life.
However, there are expert tips that can make incontinence pad disposal a stress-free experience. With a large number of products available that can help you, incontinence pad disposal does not have to be embarrassing or worrisome.
The following social rules are important to remember:
- Never flush products in the toilet. Even if a pad is very small, it should not be thrown away in the toilet. The gel in them swells up, resulting in severe blockage.
- Don’t throw away pads in public bins without a using a bag. A bag can keep the product sealed and keeps in odour.
Our Tips on Disposing Incontinence Pads
Invest in Hygiene Products
If you are disposing products in bathroom bins, using cleansing and hygiene products can help you feel fresh and clean. Scented products in particular are useful if you are conscious of odour. When changing products, we recommend using incontinence wipes and cleansing products. Incontinence wipes are convenient in size, and packs should be able to fit inside a standard handbag. Wipes can provide you with more confidence and help you feel fresh. If you are travelling or are in a rush, bringing wet wipes is recommended. These wipes do not require the use of foam or cleansing lotion alongside them. Wet wipes can be used on every part of your body and are perfect for perineal skin care when changing products.
Alternatively, you can use dry wipes alongside cleansing foams and creams. These products allow for a thorough clean without the use of water. You can even purchase skin care products that are hypoallergenic if needed.
Interesting Fact: 1 in 4 women older than 35 have a weak bladder
Get a Disposal System for your Home
Getting a disposal system can make a lot of difference to quality of life. It can also save you the need to visit the outside bin regularly. These products individually wrap and seal each pad in a fragranced, anti-bacterial film. This means you don’t have to worry about odour spreading in your home and locks away germs.
Use Disposable Bags
Do not settle for plastic supermarket bags when disposing a product, as these are easily ripped and do not contain odour. You can find disposable bags in the market that are specially designed for incontinence pads. These are especially ideal if you have visitors round, as your product will not be visible to others once it has been thrown away. Disposable bags provide a cost effective and practical solution. These are even designed from recyclable material, which is an additional advantage of you are passionate about looking after the environment.
Wear Products that are Easy to Change
Ensure you choose a product that is easy and fast for you to change. For example, if you have low mobility, an all in one is often easier to change. This is particularly important if you are going to a social event and don’t want to spend too long changing in the bathroom. If you normally wear pull ups and find changing difficult, consider wearing a heavy pad to a social event. Wearing clothes that are easy to get out of is also helpful when changing products. Avoiding clothing such as very tight dresses or clothing with numerous buttons to undo. There are other ways to dress up that doesn’t require tight, uncomfortable clothing!
Are you in Someone Else’s Home? Find a Bin Outside
If you are uncomfortable about throwing away products in a bin inside, you could walk to a bin outside. If you can find a good moment, visit the outside bin with your product in a scented bag. This will put your mind at risk if you are worried about Taking a scented bin bag with you can help mask the odour, and no-one will know you have thrown a product away. Ensure you don’t use public trash cans without a disposable bag. This ensures the product is sealed and will not emit unpleasant odour.
Our tip: always take spare products with you if you if you are staying in someone else’s home. You don’t know when or where you will end up having to change an incontinence product, so bringing another product can give you a safety net.