How to throw away sanitary napkins: 10 steps (with pictures)

How to throw away sanitary napkins: 10 steps (with pictures)
How to throw away sanitary napkins: 10 steps (with pictures)

Sanitary napkins are essential for a woman's hygiene during her period. If you are just starting to use them, you might not know what to do with them once you want to throw them away. Fortunately, the procedure is rather simple: wrap the towel and put it in the trash. You can also buy special small sachets to prevent the proliferation of germs and odors.


Method 1 of 2: Throw the towel in the toilet bin

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 1

Step 1. Remove the soiled towel from your panties and roll them up

When you want to change your towel, carefully remove the one you were wearing from your panties. Roll it up tightly and neatly from end to end. The soiled side must be on the inside and the adhesive part on the outside.

By rolling your sanitary napkin, it will then be easier for you to pack it and it will take up less space in your trash

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 2

Step 2. Wrap the towel in paper

It will be cleaner to wrap your sanitary napkin before throwing it away, and this will also limit odors. Use a piece of newspaper, toilet paper, or other disposable paper to carefully wrap the already rolled up towel.

You can also use the clean towel wrap to wrap the disposable towel. If the packaging has an adhesive tab, use it to close it on the disposable towel

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 3

Step 3. Place the wrapped towel in the trash

Once the towel is wrapped, throw it in the trash can in your toilet. If possible, use a garbage can or wastebasket with a lid. This will prevent odors from the towel spreading.

  • Never throw your towel or its wrapper down the toilet. You could block the pipe.
  • Preferably throw the towel in a garbage can covered with a garbage bag. Then it will be easier for you to throw away your trash when you take out the trash.
  • In some public toilets, you will find a small bin in each cabin, in which you can throw your towels or tampons.
Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 4

Step 4. Wash your hands when you are finished

After you throw the towel away and use the toilet, wash your hands with soap and lukewarm water. This will prevent the spread of germs and help remove all traces of menstrual blood from your hands.

It is also important that you wash your hands before changing your towel. This will prevent you from accidentally introducing germs on your genitals

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 5

Step 5. Take out the trash containing the towel as soon as possible

If you leave used towels lying around in the trash for too long, they could start to smell bad and attract bugs. If you threw one or more towels in your bin, take it out as soon as possible and transfer it to your outdoor bin or dumpster.

To avoid bad smells and insects or other animals, tie the garbage bag tightly to keep it closed

Method 2 of 2: Use a special bag

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 6

Step 1. Buy a sachet designed to dispose of feminine hygiene products

You can find them in the feminine hygiene products section, along with tampons and towels.

  • The most common brands are Scensibles and Fab Little Bag. You can also use diaper bags.
  • Many of these products are biodegradable and are therefore more environmentally friendly than conventional plastic bags.
  • In some public toilets, bags of this type will be available.
Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 7

Step 2. Roll up the dirty towel after removing it from your panties

When you're ready to change your towel, remove it from your panties and roll it up neatly. You will need to roll or fold it so that it fits in the small bag.

Depending on the size of the pouch and the towel size, you may be able to simply fold it in half, without necessarily having to roll it completely

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 8

Step 3. Place the rolled towel in the bag and seal it

Some of these bags, like those from the Scensible brand, have handles or fasteners that you can tie to close the bag. Others, like Fab Little Bag, are provided with an adhesive strip, for a simpler closure.

If you are not sure how the sachet closes, read the package insert

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 9

Step 4. Place the sealed bag in the trash

Once you have closed the bag, throw it in the trash. Preferably use a bin with a lid. Odors can escape from the bag, even closed, if you leave it in the trash too long. To do this, when you are at home, take out the trash shortly after throwing your towel in.

Never throw the disposable bag down the toilet. Always place it in a garbage can or other suitable device

Dispose of Sanitary Pads Step 10

Step 5. Wash your hands when you are finished

When you are finished, wash your hands with lukewarm water and soap. If you don't have access to soap, use hand sanitizer.

Remember to wash your hands as well before changing your towel


  • In some countries you may find biodegradable sanitary napkins. These are made from natural materials, such as banana fiber, and are environmentally friendly and compostable.
  • If you're going for a hike, camping, or other outdoor activity where you won't be able to immediately throw away your soiled towels, keep them in a zip-top plastic bag until you can throw them in a garbage can.

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