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What Causes Bleached Panties?

Why your vagina leaves 'bleached' patches in your underwear

Ever noticed when you take your black underwear out of the washing machine, there is a ‘bleach’ stain in the crotch area? Well, you have your vagina to thank.

What Causes Bleached Panties?

In short, bleaching of your panties is caused by the acid in vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge, for the most part, is a very normal occurrence. Have you ever heard the expression that the vagina is like a self-cleaning oven? Well, think of vaginal discharge as the proof of the vagina's self-cleaning mechanism. It’s a mucous-like substance that contains acids, proteins, and carbohydrates. Sounds innocent, right?

So How Does Vaginal Discharge Cause the Bleaching Effect?

Your vagina's acid levels are what causes "bleaching". Incidentally, the normal pH, or what is mostly considered as the "healthy" pH level for a vagina, is more on the acidic side thanks to good bacteria called lactobicilli. Hence, "bleaching" of your underwear not only proves that your hoo-ha's self-cleaning mechanism is working, but also that you are healthy! So, it’s perfectly normal to experience bleached underwear and there’s absolutely nothing to be worried or embarrassed about if you experience this!

How to Prevent Bleached Panties

  • Wash with Special Detergent

There are lots of ways you can clean your panties but if you want to help prevent bleaching try using an enzymatic stain treatment. A popular enzymatic stain treatment that is relatively easy to find is OxiClean. Just soak the underwear in warm water with a few tablespoons of OxiClean to clean it, and wring it out to dry. See manufacturer’s instructions on the package.

  • Make a Pre-treatment

You can also make a DIY spray by mixing a few tablespoons OxiClean with water and then spritz your underpants before dropping them into the hamper and you're set!

  • Rinse Immediately

Another easy way is to rinse your used panties right after you wear them. This will help reduce the chance of your discharge having long periods of contact with your underwear eventually leading to bleaching of your underwear.

All Comments (4)
  • Paisley


    2019-08-07 01:00:00

    Omg I just bleached my favorite underwear 😫😭😫

  • Tanisha


    2019-08-07 01:00:00

    feels extremely metal when the crotch of my black underwear gets bleached because of the powerful acids of my vagina

  • Stefanie Gilmore

    Stefanie Gilmore

    2019-09-29 13:27:50

    oh and I thought I was abnormal. 🤔🤭

  • Kay Marie

    Kay Marie

    2019-10-21 14:22:26

    I have that issue too but I was told by a O.B that it’s a bacterial infection but now I’m so freakin confused after reading all y’all comments and this post🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😥😥😥😥 I’ve been dealing with this issue since I was like 8 and it’s just gets worse over the years and now it’s to the point where I have to wear liners every single day😩🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈

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