Request for ideas: Practical strategies for drying reusable menstrual materials in privacy scarce contexts and/or during the rainy season?

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Request for ideas: Practical strategies for drying reusable menstrual materials in privacy scarce contexts and/or during the rainy season?

Hello all,

We're looking for any practical ideas or strategies that people may have to facilitate the quick and private drying of reusable menstrual materials in challenging settings. We'd love any ideas or thoughts related to:

1. Drying during the rainy season, when putting menstrual materials outside to dry is it not possible?
2. Drying in privacy scarce/overcrowded settings (like displacement camps, informal settlements, multi-family households) where drying out the open (and even indoors) is a challenge?
3. Does anyone have any tips for helping reduce the odor that sometimes is found when drying reusable pads? For example we've heard that drops of vinegar can help.

We'd love to hear about any new ideas or case studies people have found related to the discreet drying of reusable menstrual products. Thanks in advance!

Best,
Maggie (on behalf of Columbia University's MHM team)

Columbia University
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