FAQs: Why Use a ph-Balanced Personal Wash?
What is an organic feminine wash?
Nothing about your body is shameful or impure, but let’s face it: bodies get dirty, and sometimes vulvas get dirty. And when our bodies get dirty, we clean them. Good vaginal hygiene helps you feel healthier, fresher, and sexier — as long as you use a good feminine wash that doesn’t dry you out or disrupt your delicate vaginal ecosystem.
So what is the best soap for feminine hygiene? Don’t use the same old body soap you use in the shower! Washing the vulva with perfumed products and harsh cleaners can irritate sensitive skin, inviting dryness and infection. The best feminine wash is gentle and moisturizing, and most importantly it won’t disrupt your vaginal flora and vaginal pH.
Your vaginal flora are the good bacteria that live in your vagina and protect you from infection, in part by helping you maintain a slightly acidic vaginal pH. If your feminine wash’s pH is too high, it can disrupt your own natural pH and your vaginal flora, taking away your first line of defense against yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV). That means the best soap for your vagina is a pH-balanced feminine wash that is safe for your vaginal flora.
Many conventional feminine hygiene products, however, have been shown to kill vaginal flora. Douching in particular, although it may temporarily give you a pleasant “clean” feeling, can damage vaginal flora, ultimately inviting infections, dryness, and irritation. For this reason, most doctors recommend that women not douche. Likewise, a conventional vaginal soap with antiseptics and other harsh chemicals can disrupt the vaginal flora and cause more trouble than it’s worth.
What you need is a natural vaginal cleanser that keeps you clean without compromising your health and without drying you out. Numerous studies show that a mild, pH-balanced feminine wash, used as part of a complete vaginal hygiene program, can help with odor, discharge, and symptoms of infections. Keeping clean with a pH-balanced vaginal wash not only makes you feel good, it’s good for you too.
How do I use a vaginal wash?
Once you’ve found a pH-balance soap you like, what is the best way to clean the vagina? First of all, let’s clarify a key detail: a good vaginal wash is actually designed to be used externally, on the vulva — not inside the vagina. What’s the difference? The vagina is the interior part of the female genitalia; it is self-cleaning, and there is no need to use any kind of soap or intimate wash there, even after sex or during your period. Use your natural vaginal cleanser only on the vulva, which is the part that you can see from the outside, including the labia majora, labia minora, and tip of the clitoris.
So how to clean the vulva? Simple: Use a vagina soap once a day with your hand (not a washcloth), using cool or lukewarm water. This might also be a good time to wash the anus, as well as the perineum, which is between the anus and the vulva. Whenever you’re working in this area, always move front to back, starting with the vulva and moving back toward the anus, so that you don’t accidentally push bacteria from the anus forward into the vagina.
When you’re finished, dry gently but thoroughly. Get on with your day, and pat yourself on the back for choosing a natural feminine wash that leaves you clean, moisturized, and pH balanced.
Wondering how to wash your vagina when you’re traveling? Don’t have time to get in the shower and break out the organic vaginal wash? Try some pH-balanced feminine wipes instead. They’re a convenient and portable way to bring the best soap for feminine hygiene with you wherever you go.
When should you use pH-balanced vaginal soaps?
Many women prefer to use an intimate cleanser every day, as part of a regular self-care routine. If you use a pH-balanced wash that doesn’t disrupt your vaginal flora, this is a great way to keep your intimate area clean and healthy.
Even if you don’t like the idea of washing down there every day, you may want to use a vagina wash during your period, after sex, after a workout, or any other time your natural vaginal cleansing process needs a little extra help. A gentle, pH-balanced soap is perfect for that too.
However, even the best vaginal cleanser won’t help if you already have an active infection, which could be indicated by a sharp odor or colored discharge. Healthy vaginas have a slight scent, and naturally produce a certain amount of clear or white discharge, which actually helps keep the vagina clean. Both your scent and your discharge may change over the course of your menstrual cycle, or with other hormonal changes, and an organic feminine wash is a good choice at any of those times. But if your discharge changes in a way that’s new to you, or if your scent suddenly becomes much stronger, it may be time to see a doctor.
What are the benefits of using pH-balanced feminine washes?
We all like to feel clean, but a vaginal soap that is not pH-balanced can open the door to yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV). About 30% of women in the United States between the ages of 14 and 49 have BV, although it often goes undiagnosed. Left untreated, it can cause white or gray vaginal discharge and unpleasant odors, and increases the risk of more serious problems such as herpes, chlamydia, and even HIV. The best way to wash your vagina without inviting any of that? Use a pH-balanced soap that keeps your vaginal pH low and your vaginal flora healthy, maintaining your body’s natural defenses.
The best vaginal wash is not only pH-balanced, but also won’t dry you out. Vaginal wash products with harsh chemicals can cause dryness, and some of the products you might use to moisturize can do more harm than good. For example, studies suggest that petroleum jelly, which many women use as a vaginal moisturizer, dramatically increases the risk of BV. You can steer clear of all that by using an all-natural feminine wash that doesn’t cause dryness in the first place. If you tend to be dry, put the petroleum jelly away and try a natural vaginal moisturizer.
Although many vaginal wash products are made with perfumes, antiseptics, and other irritants, the truth is you don’t need any of that to keep clean. A natural, pH-balanced vaginal wash keeps you just as clean as a harsh soap, and also supports your body’s ability to keep itself healthy.
What can you expect when you buy vaginal soaps from us?
Good Clean Love is a woman-founded, woman-run company committed to using the best science to support natural women’s health. When we realized how important pH balance was for women, we turned to Johns Hopkins biophysicist Dr. Richard Cone to help create Bio Match™, a collection of salt-balanced and pH-balanced feminine products that includes Balance, Restore Moisturizing Vaginal Gel, and Rebalance pH-Balanced Feminine Wipes. Bio Match™ is a patented vaginal cleaning and moisturizing solution designed to reinforce rather than override the vagina’s natural health.
Balance has been carefully formulated to match vaginal pH and keep you clean without the artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, and parabens you find in some other vaginal wash products. We’ve done the science, and we think Balance is the best feminine wash for pH balance on the market. Healthcare professionals agree; we routinely hear from doctors who are impressed with Balance’s ability to clean and moisturize while maintaining a healthy vaginal pH. Balance has a naturally mild, clean scent, and is certified non-toxic by MADE SAFE. Best of all, we offer a variety of subscription options so you’ll always have a supply of the best vaginal soap available.
But Good Clean Love is more than just a good soap for your vagina. As a B-Corp, we’re committed not only to improving women’s health with natural, body-safe ingredients, but also to social and environmental sustainability. Balance is packaged in sugarcane-based bioplastics, a green alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics; we’ve won awards from PETA for helping change the FDA’s animal testing requirements; and we donate 10% of our website proceeds to the Change for Women Collective. When you buy from us, you’re not only getting the best natural feminine wash, but also helping us work toward a kinder, healthier future for all.
Post-Sex Cleansing: What You Need to Know
For many women, the thought of cleansing and “freshening up” often occurs before sex. But, it is important to practice strong hygiene after intimacy as well. Always pee after having sex. This will really be helpful for women who struggle with urinary tract infections (UTIs). But, even if you are not prone to UTIs, it’s a good idea to pee after you have sex - even if you don’t necessarily feel like you have to.