FAQ's About Cloth Pads

FAQ's About Cloth Pads

 

Reusable Menstrual Products

Reusable Menstrual Products are simply a menstrual product that is washed and reused, rather than a single-use disposable one.

While the idea may first sound gross and unhygienic, women had been using reusable menstrual products long before commercial disposable products became popular. Even with disposable products, often you may get some blood leaking onto clothing, bedding or towels, which is simply washed and you reuse the items. Using reusable menstrual products is really no different to that.

Using a reusable menstrual product is not only more environmentally friendly and cost effective, but they can have health benefits as well. Less exposure to harsh chemicals, less risk of TSS and thrush. As well as being more comfortable.

 

Cloth Pads

These are essentially a washable fabric version of a disposable menstrual pad. Mostly made by small businesses, these come in a huge variety of types. Using fabrics such as bamboo, they can be very absorbent and some even include a waterproof layer to give the same security as a disposable pad. Colorful fabrics can add to the positive aspect of using these, as can soft fabrics such as velour. Cloth Pads can be reused for many years and can be simply washed in the washing machine with the rest of the laundry.

 

▾𝟏. đ†đžđ§đžđ«đšđ„ 𝐐𝐼𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 đ‘đžđźđŹđšđ›đ„đž 𝐏𝐚𝐝𝐬



𝟏.𝟏 - 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭❜𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đđąđŸđŸđžđ«đžđ§đœđž 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 đ«đžđźđŹđšđ›đ„đž đ©đšđđŹ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đđąđŹđ©đšđŹđšđ›đ„đžđŹâ“



Aside from the obvious fact that you don't throw away reusable pads; there are several differences. Some of the main ones are that:

‱ Cloth Pads have wings that snap into place; there's no adhesive like with disposable pads.
‱ Cloth pads tend to breathe better than disposables because they aren't made of plastic (although some cloth pads have a waterproof breathable lining.) This makes them more comfortable than disposables.
‱ Cloth pads are more fun than disposables because you can get them in a variety of colors and prints to match your personal style.



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𝟭.𝟼 - đ—Șđ—”đ˜† đ˜„đ—Œđ˜‚đ—čđ—± 𝗜 đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ˜ đ˜đ—Œ 𝘂𝘀đ—Č 𝗰đ—čđ—Œđ˜đ—” đ—œđ—źđ—±đ˜€ đ—¶đ—»đ˜€đ˜đ—Čđ—źđ—± đ—Œđ—ł đ—±đ—¶đ˜€đ—œđ—Œđ˜€đ—źđ—Żđ—čđ—Č𝘀❓



While its a personal choice; there are several good reasons for switching to reusable pads. You can:

‱ Keep thousands of disposable feminine hygiene products out of landfills.
‱ Save money by not having to buy pads each and every month.
‱ Experience the comfort of wearing soft, non-synesthetic fabrics next to your body.
‱ Have less exposure to potentially unhealthy chemicals
‱ Never again deal with an adhesive wing getting stuck in the wrong place
‱ Get rid of the risk of TSS toxic shock syndrome

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𝟭.𝟯 - đ—›đ—Œđ˜„ đ—čđ—Œđ—»đ—Ž đ—°đ—źđ—» 𝗜 đ—Čđ˜…đ—œđ—Č𝗰𝘁 𝗼 𝗿đ—Č𝘂𝘀𝗼𝗯đ—čđ—Č 𝗰đ—čđ—Œđ˜đ—” đ—œđ—źđ—± đ˜đ—Œ đ—č𝗼𝘀𝘁❓



Most cloth pads are estimated to last up to 5 years if they're properly cared for. Some people say theirs last even longer than that. The estimated 5 years is based on the assumption that you have a rotation of about 10 pads.

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𝟭.𝟰 - đ—Šđ—Œđ—żđ—żđ˜† đ˜đ—Œ 𝗯đ—Č đ—Žđ—żđ—Œđ˜€đ˜€, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 đ—±đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Č𝘂𝘀𝗼𝗯đ—čđ—Č đ—œđ—źđ—±đ˜€ 𝘀đ—șđ—Čđ—čđ—č❓



The good news is cloth pads tend to stay fresher than disposable pads. That's because their fabric breathes which allows moisture to evaporate. Less moisture means fewer bacteria to produce unwanted smells. If you do notice an odd smell, common bacterial imbalances could be to blame. That's something to check out with a doctor.

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𝟭.đŸ± - đ—›đ—Œđ˜„ đ— đ˜‚đ—°đ—” đ—șđ—Œđ—»đ—Č𝘆 đ—°đ—źđ—» 𝗜 đ—Čđ˜…đ—œđ—Č𝗰𝘁 đ˜đ—Œ 𝘀𝗼𝘃đ—Č 𝗯𝘆 đ˜€đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—°đ—”đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—Œ 𝗿đ—Č𝘂𝘀𝗼𝗯đ—čđ—Č đ—œđ—źđ—±đ˜€â“



Most women can expect to deal with 35 years of menstruation during their lifetime that can cost you thousands of dollars in products over time. When you switch to cloth pads, you'll save a lot less on feminine hygiene. Everyone's cycle is different, and so is the age when they start to use cloth pads.

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𝟏.𝟔 - 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐼𝐬𝐞 đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹ đŸđšđ« 𝐱𝐧𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞❓



Cloth pads absolutely can be used for light incontinence. People with this issue usually need to wear some kind of protection every day. When they wear disposable, plastic-based products, they run an increased risk of getting yeast and bacterial infections, in addition to ordinary irritation and chafing. Cloth pads can be heaven-sent for people who need to wear a pad every day due to their comfort and breath-abilty.

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𝟏.𝟕 - 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐼𝐬𝐞 đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹ đąđŠđŠđžđđąđšđ­đžđ„đČ đšđŸđ­đžđ« 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐱𝐧𝐠 đ›đąđ«đ­đĄâ“


Cloth pads are an excellent choice for postpartum wear, especially the longer and thicker overnight pads. Many women soak their pads in soothing formulations to wear against their skin to promote comfort and healing after giving birth. Cloth post partum pads seem to be a natural choice for women who choose cloth diapers for their babies.

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𝟏.𝟖 - đ€đ«đžđ§âœđ­ đ«đžđźđŹđšđ›đ„đž đ©đšđđŹ đ›đźđ„đ€đąđžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 đđąđŹđ©đšđŹđšđ›đ„đžđŹâ“



It all depends on the pads. Some pads made leak resistant by the thickness of their fabrics. Other cloth pads have a waterproof lining, so they require less cotton fabric than pads with no waterproof backing. The thickness of the pad also varies based on the flow level the pads are designed for, and whether they are all-in-one system or have an adjustable insert. Check out our blog post about how we keep our pads trim and absorbent without all the extra bulk.

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𝟏.𝟗- 𝐂𝐚𝐧 đ­đžđžđ§đšđ đžđ«đŹ 𝐼𝐬𝐞 đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹâ“


They sure can. They may want to start with panty liner or smaller size pads to see how they like them. Starting early with cloth pads can help young people to feel in control with their cycles, and teenagers love the many colors and Prints of cloth pads. You may want to start with pads that have a 2.25" or 2.5" snapped width. You can measure the crotch of the current panties your daughter wears if your concerned about fit issues.  You are measuring the width of the crotch area. 

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▾ 𝟐. 𝐐𝐼𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  đ«đžđźđŹđšđ›đ„đž đ©đšđđŹ

 


𝟐.𝟏 𝐡𝐹𝐰 𝐝𝐹 𝐈 𝐟𝐱𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ«đąđ đĄđ­ đ©đšđ đŸđšđ« 𝐩đČ 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬❓



One way to get started is to measure the disposable pads that you like and order similar sized cloth pads. Grab a ruler and an unused disposable pad that fits you comfortably and measure the length. Also, consider what you don’t like about the sizing of the pads you currently wear. Are they too long? Too short?

 

↓Absorbency Guide ↓
▬ Liner = No Core, flannel backing
▬ Light = 200-300 GSM
▬ Moderate = 400-600 GSM
▬ Heavy = 700-900 GSM
▬ Super Heavy = 1000+ GSM

Example of layers-
â–Č1 top layer of fabric shown
▬inner core layers according to absorbency
▌1 back layer to prevent leaks (anti pill fleece, OR PUL on custom orders)

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𝟐.𝟐 𝐇𝐹𝐰 𝐩𝐚𝐧đČ đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹ đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝❓



Most of us one to have an assortment of pads in our stash to cover the entire menstrual cycle. While with the number you need will vary based on how long your period lasts and the heaviness of your flow, most reusable pad makers recommend about a dozen pads, give or take. For example:
‱ 3 to 6 pantiliners.
‱ 6 to 12 day pads.
‱ 1 to 3 overnight pads.

You will need between 2-5 pads a day, depending on how often you like to change your pad, how heavy your flow is and how absorbent your pads are. Pads are usually changed whenever you go to the toilet (otherwise when you pull your underpants back up you’re greeted with a wet and slightly cold pad, and that’s not so nice at all), so you can use that as a guide.

It is recommended to have at least 6-12 pads.  20 is a good sized stash (but of course more is better). The more you have the less wear & tear on each pad, making them last longer. This might seem like a lot of expense to begin with, but they will soon pay for themselves in savings. And you may find it fun to collect pads, having different colors and styles just like you would clothing choices. It is best to make sure you have several days supply in case you are not able to get them washed and dry in time. You can add to your cloth pad collection as time goes by, buying a few now and then to spread the expense and wear and tear on your pads.


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𝟐.𝟑 - đ–đąđ„đ„ đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹ đ„đžđšđ€â“



Cloth pads are made to be very absorbent. They're typically made with wings that snap around the underwear to keep the sides of the panties dry. Of course, just like disposable pads, you need to change them out before they become totally saturated. After wearing reusable pads for just a short while, you'll have a good idea of how often you'll need to change them.

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𝟐.𝟒 - đ€đ«đž đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹ đœđšđŠđŸđšđ«đ­đšđ›đ„đžâ“



Most users of reusable cloth pads go on and on about how comfortable they are compared to disposables, which can feel clammy. Reusable pads are very soft and breathable. This exchange of air can leave you feeling dry and with less chaffing and irritation. Some users say the breathability makes them much cooler to wear than disposable pads, with their heat trapping plastic parts.

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𝟐.𝟓 - 𝐇𝐹𝐰 𝐹𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 đŹđĄđšđźđ„đ 𝐈 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐩đČ đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđâ“



You will probably need to change your reusable pad 1 to 6 times A day. You'll know it's time to switch out the pad if it starts to feel wet next to your skin. Naturally, the heavier your flow, the more often you will have to change pads, the lighter your flow, the longer you can get away with between changes.

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𝟐.𝟔 - 𝐇𝐹𝐰 𝐝𝐹 𝐈 đđžđšđ„ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐚𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈 𝐚𝐩 𝐚𝐰𝐚đČ đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐡𝐹𝐩𝐞❓



Thanks to the wings with snaps on most pads, they fold up into perfect little squares that you can pack away in your purse. You probably will want to carry a small wet bag or Pad Wrapper when it's your time of the month. You can also use in ordinary ziploc or plastic grocery bag. (For a custom pad wrapper or wet bag feel free to send me a message)

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𝟐.𝟕 - 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 đŻđžđ«đČ 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯đČ đŸđ„đšđ°, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐼𝐬𝐞 đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹâ“



Yes, in fact, cloth pads can be extremely absorbent. If you have a favourite overnight disposable pad, take a measurement of it and then look for a cloth pad that's the same length or longer. We have multiple sizes to choose from.

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𝟐.𝟖 - 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐈 đ°đžđšđ« đ«đžđźđŹđšđ›đ„đž đ©đšđđŹ 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐰𝐱𝐩𝐩𝐱𝐧𝐠❓



Unfortunately, no. Just like disposable pads, cloth pads will absorb the water, making them soggy and ineffective for period protection. However, a menstrual cup is a great alternative when you want to go swimming during your time of the month.

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▾ 𝟯. đ—€đ˜‚đ—Čđ˜€đ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€ đ—źđ—Żđ—Œđ˜‚đ˜ đ—–đ—źđ—żđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—łđ—Œđ—ż 𝗿đ—Č𝘂𝘀𝗼𝗯đ—čđ—Č đ—œđ—źđ—±đ˜€



𝟑.𝟏 - đ’đĄđšđźđ„đ 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡 đ©đšđđŹ đ›đžđŸđšđ«đž đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩❓



Yes, it's recommended to wash your pads before wearing them for the 1st time period this will remove any fabric sizing and enhanced the fabric's absorbency. You only need to wash then 1 to 2 times before wearing. Flannel typically needs washed twice.

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𝟑.𝟐 - 𝐈𝐬𝐧❜𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹ 𝐚𝐧 đšđ°đŸđźđ„ đ„đšđ­ 𝐹𝐟 đ°đšđ«đ€â“



Washing reusable pads is as simple as cleaning any other items of clothing. Washing pads might seem weird at 1st, but after doing it a few times, it will become status quo.

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𝟑.𝟑 - 𝐇𝐹𝐰 𝐝𝐹 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡 đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹâ“



The easiest way to clean your pads is to just toss them in the washing machine. Typically cold water is best to use. Avoid using hot water because that has the potential to set stains. Then you can either air dry the pads or tumble dry on the low to medium setting. Many women find they get the best results if they soak the pads before washing in cold water, particularly if there's any dry blood on the pads. An alternative to soaking the pads is to use the pre wash setting or rinse cycle if your washing machine has that option. You can also rinse the pad as soon as you take it off until the water runs clear.

Hand washing the pads is also an option. In this case, you will probably want to pre soak the pads to make washing easier. If you choose to soak the pads, be sure to change out the soak water on a daily basis. When the time comes to wash them, rinse the pads in cold water until the water runs clear and then gently scrub them to get them clean.

Any detergent is fine to use when washing your cloth pads. You may want to avoid fabric softeners because they can make fabrics less absorbent. It's not recommended to bleach pads either because it can break down the material and interfere with absorbency.

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𝟑.𝟒 - 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 đŹđĄđšđźđ„đ 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđđŹâ“



You can wash the pads during your cycle as you go through your stash or launder them all once your period ends. Basically, just wash them whenever is the most convenient for you.

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𝟑.𝟓 - 𝐇𝐹𝐰 đŹđĄđšđźđ„đ 𝐈 đđ«đČ 𝐩đČ đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹâ“

 

I Offer Cloth Pad Dry Straps
This will vary based on the particular fabrics that make up your pads; However the majority of pads can be machine dried on a low or medium setting. You can also air dry pads but just like with any item that's air dried, the pads might feel slightly stiff initially. You can toss stiff pads in the dryer for a few minute to freshen them up. Try to avoid leaving your pads in direct sunlight for extended links of time period the Sun can bleach out the colors of your pads or damage waterproof backing materials.

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𝟑.𝟔 - 𝐖o𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐹 đœđ„đšđ­đĄ đ©đšđđŹ 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐱𝐧𝐞𝐝❓



If you have pure white cloth pads, you may see some staining. However, stains don't mean that the fabric isn't clean. Pads that have patterns or darker colors tend to naturally hide stains. If you're concerned about staining, you can use a stain treatment on your pads before washing them.

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Menstrual Cups

A Menstrual Cup is a soft bell shaped item which is used inside the vagina to collect the flow. They are removed to be emptied, rinsed out and replaced. They can be boiled in a pot of water to be sterilized before and after each period. The one cup can last many years, can be used while swimming or sleeping and does not have the same TSS risks as tampons do. They also have a much greater capacity than tampons and can safely be kept in place for 12 hours.

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Sea Sponge Tampons

These are a naturally occurring sea sponge that are used in the vagina to absorb the flow, much like a tampon. They are moistened for use, allowing them to be comfortably inserted. They are washed and reused, and can be boiled or sterilized if desired. They offer a cheap reusable option.

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Interlabial Pads

An Interlabial Pad is basically a cross-between a tampon and a pad, that is worn externally in the labia, rather than internally. These cannot be worn while swimming, but can offer a step between an internal product or a pad for those who don’t want to use an internal product.



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