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I hope someone can help. My mother does most of her own laundry. Sometimes she will wash her underwear with an incontinence pad still in place. I try to make sure the pads are removed, but she can be too fast for me at times. The pads that she uses break down and turn to fluff in the dryer and fill the vent filter completely. The dryer is old, so some probably gets in the vent. I worry about fires. Getting the vent cleaned often is very expensive, so I wondered if there was a pad that didn't break down so easily.

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If a panty liner gives her more confidence that might be the way to go. The liners are thinner, not as much stuffing as a Poise pad, and wouldn't end up stuck in the lint trap.
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It does seem like the sanitary napkins and panty liners are built to withstand anything. But the Tena and Poise pads break down. Maybe it is because they are built to absorb a lot of water if needed.

A panty liner could be okay. The pads are really just in case she can't make it to the bathroom in time. It has happened and the pads give her more confidence. I think that's the thing -- more confidence. I can understand that. I know I would be mortified if I wet my pants in public.
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If she only has minor leakage then a smaller, thinner pad would at least help to cut down on the mess. BTW, I've had menstrual pantie liners go through the washer and dryer totally unchanged.
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I saw that, but my mother is a strange one when it comes to protective undergarments. She'll wear a pad, but not a pull-up. I doubt I could talk her into wearing the underpants.
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They sell washable undies with built in pad..
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BTW, my mother rarely wets her pad. She wears them just in case. If she wet them, getting reusable ones would be a bit gross.
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Thanks, a&a. I just ordered three of them. I signed up, too, so the shipping was free. I'll let people know if there are any good. I read the reviews -- two good, one bad, so it sounds promising. They have to be pinned in place, but we have a lot of pins around here. Having an adhesive strip, I imagine, would be difficult for something that is washable.
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Aswechange is one brand you could google
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Maybe tell Mom you will wash only her underwear as you found a special wash cycle that works really well but it is a bit complicated. That way your Mom can wash her other things.... unless she will forget to place aside her underwear. Or if there is room, put a small laundry basket and label it "undies" in the laundry area.
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That can be easier said than done, Eyerishlass. Most I do get, but one escapes me every couple of weeks. I have this vision of incontinence pad fluff building up in the vents and burning the house down. Maybe I can talk her into letting me do laundry. It is one of the few things that she does do now, so I don't want to take it away from her. I hoped there was an easy solution.
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Any kind of disposable pad will fall apart in the dryer. They're not meant to be laundered. It might be time to get to your mom's laundry before she throws it in the washer.
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Oops I just realized you mean insert pads..

I thought you meant bed pads..

Google reusable incontinence pads.. I just saw some on line..
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That's a tough one, I imagine that they are specifically designed to break down in the landfill. I don't suppose you could get away with turning off the breaker for the dryer so it doesn't work until you've had a chance to check things over? (I can imagine how she'd probably react to that, sorry)
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They sell washable, reuseable pads..
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