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12 September 2012 @ 01:14 am
So I have a wetbag that I use for my cloth pads, and I just emptied it into the laundry the other day, not thinking about one of my cups being in there! Oops!

I didn't realize until I pulled it out of the dryer, after going through "hot" cycles on both the washer and dryer. It doesn't seem melted or anything, and the only difference I notice is the texture seems more matte than before. I compared it side by side next to one of my other MeLunas and it definitely looks different.

Has anyone made this mistake before? Did you have any problems afterward? I'm pretty familiar with the properties of silicone, but know nothing about TPE and I wasn't sure if there's anything specific concern related to the material.

Thanks!
 
clover_elf_kinclover_elf_kin on September 12th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Since they're meant to be washed in BOILING WATER, I wouldn't worry. :-)

Not sure what to make of the visible change in texture, but is it still flexible enough to do the job and soft enough to not hurt you? If so, no harm done, I'd think.
Ide Cyanide_cyan on September 12th, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
It's never happened to me, but yeah, if the cup can be boiled, I wouldn't worry so much about it going through the wash as far as heat goes, unless it got stuck in a corner of the dryer directly against hot metal or something.

But -- and I Am Not A Chemist, so I'm just guessing -- the chemicals in the laundry detergent could potentially react to the cup material and alter the surface somewhat.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 12th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
sounds similar to what happened when i left my meluna in soapy water for a long time, trying to get rid of the staining. still using it:-)
anh06005anh06005 on September 13th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
The change is likely due to the laundry soap as someone else pointed out. I supposed it could just be a film as well. You might try some hardcore scrubbing or soak it in peroxide to see if that helps. Thats what comes to my mind. But you wash your underwear and cloth pads in the same water/detergent so it can't be THAT bad.
joy1989joy1989 on September 13th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
You could call the cup manufacturers and ask them about it? I'm sure it's no big deal though.