In a perfect world, every menstruating person would get open, honest information about the care and cleaning of a menses. Unfortunately, far too many women grow up feeling their period is shameful, and the info they get about it is misinformed (or sometimes straight-up wrong). That's why it's helpful to review the period hygiene tips no one ever taught you. Because even if you consider yourself a grown-ass women, possible you have some misconceptions about period hygiene.
That said, there's one thing to get out of the way first: periods are in no way inherently dirty. According to Self, the period is made up of some endometrial cells, blood, and occasionally clots. That's it. It is in no way harmful or shameful.
Even so, taking steps to maintain good health is smart. Although you don't need to take a pressure washer to your privates, maintaining some simple hygienic practices may help keep you free from infections and other potential health problems. In many ways, these tips will help you maintain your own comfort as well. Trying to get through the day on a damp pad can get super uncomfortable, if nothing else. So read through these period hygiene tips to make sure your care routine is only helping the cause.