Cloth Pads FAQs
What’s the difference between reusable pads and disposables?
Cloth pads are reusable and washable, tending to last up to 5 years (If they’re properly cared for. Some people say their last even longer than that. That estimated five years is based on the assumption that you have a rotation of about 10 pads)
Cloth pads have snap fastener on their wings so they stay into place, there’s no adhesive like the disposable pads (Never again deal with an adhesive wing getting stuck in the wrong place)
Cloth pads are more comfortable to wear, their fabric breathes which allows moisture to evaporate, and 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)
Cloth pads are more fun because you can choose different patterns, prints and colors that will match with your personal style
It’s so much fun for teenagers start using cloth pads then disposables on their menarche. Besides of all the prints and colors, cloth pads can help young people to feel in control of their cycles.
Some more reasons to choose cloth pads:
Many women related that their flow and their menstrual cramps had reduced after changing to cloth pads
They can be used for light incontinence and they are an excellent choice for postpartum wear
You save money by not having to buy pads every month
Have less exposure to unhealthy chemicals
And the touch of the fabric on your skin let you feel as comfortable as using just underwear.
How many pads will I need?
It depends. You will need to ask yourself some questions:
How many disposable pads you normally use?
How often you plan to wash your pads?
How long is your cycle?
How heavy is your flow (so you can think about the absorbency of the pads)?
In general, six to twelve day pads and a few night pads and some liners are sufficient. You can start with just a few and add your stash as you learn what works best for you.
How do I choose the size?
You can measure your current disposable pads, and start from there.
How do I choose the absorbency?
It will work the same, or in most of the cases, better than the absorbency of your disposable pads, so you can start from the absorbency of your disposables. Always remember that as any other absorbent fabric, the absorbency will increase with washing, usually it will achieve the maximum absorbency after the 8th wash.
How do I use them when I’m not at home?
After use you can insert the used pad in a waterproof bag (wetbags) until you wash them.
Here are some tips to wash them:
There are 3 main washing techniques:
a - Dry method: after use, put all your pads while you are using them inside a wet bag or a bucket slightly open and on the wash day you soak them into cold water for about 30 minutes, you can use presoak cleaner to help reduce stain if you prefer, drain the water and toss them inside the washing machine, try not to use lots of detergent, they can built up on your pads and reduce the absorbency. When it’s done, you can tumble dry low heat or you can line dry outside, the sun acts as a natural antibacterial.
b - Shower method: rinse them while you are taking your shower (you can lay them on the floor or standing on a shampoo container) and after that you use the washing machine.
c – Soaking method: After use, you soak them into a bucket with cold water, you can add a few drops of lavender or tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil, change the water once a day until the wash day.
2. Tumble dry can interfere in how long your pads will last
3. The protein on your blood can stain with hot water
4. Don’t rub the dried stain too vigorously or the fibers may weaken! Choose to use a stain removing power
5. Don’t use fabric softener, it can built up on your pads and reduce the absorbency
6. Wash your pads before using. I do wash all the fabrics before a make them, but I don’t wash them after I finish, and they will increase the absorbency with washing.
*If you intent to iron your pads, don’t forget that minky fabrics tend to melt with heat, and fleece doesn’t like heat, so it will be better to use low heat, and place a cotton fabric on the top of the cloth pad before ironing.
If you have any other question don’t hesitate to ask!