Shopping for incontinence products can be daunting when don’t know where to start. Knowing the pros and cons of washables and disposables can put you on the right path.
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Reusable Products: Pros and Cons
- Washable Products Are Kind to your Piggy Bank
Buying reusable products isn’t only great for preventing waste products, they can also save you a substantial amount of cash. If you don’t enjoy shopping for products or find that it seems to gobble valuable pennies, a washable product can be your saviour in lasting a long time. If you find ordering uncomfortable, buying washable products will make this process much less frequently.
- Washable Pants Provide a Feeling of Normal Underwear
Washable pants often appear just like normal underwear and will help you to relax when you are out and about. The material of the pants also means they will stretch and allow you to be flexible, suiting those with an active lifestyle. Unlike some all in one products, they are not bulky and provide maximum discretion. As the can be washed, these products can also feel much more “normal” and like your usual underwear as you are following the same routine.
- They are Environmentally Friendly
Buying washable products can reduce the number of products ending up in landfill, proving a good option for the environment. In addition to having a product that lasts a long time, you can feel satisfied knowing you are doing your bit for the environment.
- They Need to be Washed at a High Temperature
To ensure the products are cleaned properly, it is important to wash them at a high temperature. It is vital to read the washing instructions for each product as the properties of the materials that they are made of varies.
- They are Less Absorbent than Disposable Products
Washable products have a slightly lower absorbency than disposable products. If you have light to moderate incontinence, a washable product should be ideal for you. Bear in mind that if you have heavy to severe incontinence, a disposable all in one product is likely the most suitable product for you.
- Organisation is Key
You always need to ensure some products are clean. If you are immobile and find it difficult to maintain an independent washing schedule, washable products may not be suitable for you.
Disposable Products: Pros and Cons
- They Provide Convenience
Whenever you finish with a product, you can simply throw it away. This prevents the need to constantly wash products and keep a track on which products are clean. Many people with a busy lifestyle find this method to be more convenient.
- They are Often More Absorbent
All in ones, pads and disposable pants are often more absorbent than a washable product. This means you can wear them for longer periods of time and can feel more confident and relaxed knowing you have optimum protection. For a highly absorbent option, look for a “Maxi” absorption.
- Pads are Convenient to Carry Around
Disposable incontinence pads are small and can be carried around in pockets and bags. Particularly when travelling, this can be much easier and ultimately takes up less storage space.
- You Need to Consider Hygienic Disposal
Remember that disposable products are worse for the environment, and you shouldn’t make this worse through incorrect disposal. You should not dispose pads in flushable toilets or use public trash cans with the incorrect method. Investing in disposable bags and cleansing and hygiene products is vital.
- They Can be Expensive
Buying disposable products can add up quickly. Using products to throw them away means more trips to the supermarket or an online store. You need to be wise with your shopping to ensure you are not spending more than you
- You have to be Extra Careful about Skin Rashes
With all products, you need to be careful to prevent incontinence associated dermatitis. Skin rashes and irritation are common due to the prolonged use of wet products. Moisture can be a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which are a huge culprit of incontinence associated dermatitis. As disposable products are more absorbent, they can also be worn for longer. This means you need to take extra care in checking when you need to change.
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Finding an incontinence product that works for you depends on the severity of your incontinence, your mobility and comfort preference. Read our guides to choosing men’s, women’s and children’s incontinence products.