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FAQ EcoPads

GENERAL

What are cloth menstrual pads?
Cloth menstrual pads are made of fabric and are used during the menstrual cycle. You can wash these pads to make a green alternative for our planet again.

What’s the difference between reusable pads and disposables?

  • You don’t throw away;
  • More comfortable, wearing soft;
  • Breathable once is made off fabric;
  • Great for sensitive skin. They are free of harmful chemicals, bleaches and perfumes;
  • Much more absorbent than disposable pads;
  • Don’t smell bad due to its bamboo layer;
  • Reusables are much healthier for your body and skin;
  • There is no sticky adhesive. They have wings that snap into place.

Can teenagers use cloth pads?
They sure can. They may want to start with small size pads to see how they like them. Starting early with cloth pads can help young people feel in control of their cycles.

Why do EcoPads cost more than disposables?
When compared to the money you spent on disposables, it only takes a few years to make up the cost of your EcoPads. Please think of this: it would be costly to continuously re-stock our kitchens with disposable plastic cutlery, so we buy cutlery that we can use indefinitely. We make an initial investment into something reusable that will last a long time. It's the same idea with the EcoPads!

 

USE

Which EcoPad size is best for me?
We have four sizes and levels of absorbency:

  • Small - Light flow or Pant Liners, they are perfect for light days.
  • Medium – Perfect for medium days and regular flows. 
  • Large – Perfect for night-time and heavy flows.
  • Overnight and Super Heavy Flow – Perfect for night-time, super heavy flows and postpartum bleeding. 

How often do I need to change my EcoPad?
How often you’ll need to change your EcoPad is different for each person, just like disposable pads. 

Usually, you will change 2 to 4 times a day. It depends on your flow, and it’s important to make sure that you change your pads regularly. 

You’ll know it’s time to switch out the pad if it starts to feel wet next to your skin.

How many EcoPads do I need?
This really depends on your flow, the length of your period and how you wish to use them. To fully convert to reusables EcoPads, we recommend that you will need approximately 10-15 pads if you plan to wash every second day.

How do I attach my Ecopad?
Our Ecopads attach the same way that a disposable does. You simply put them into your underwear with the soft layer facing up. Fold the wings underneath your underwear, snap the poppers in place, and you’re good to go.

Can I use the EcoPad overnight?
Yes, you can. Whilst we recommend the large size or Overnight / Superheavy flow EcoPad for night-time, you can use the smaller EcoPads if you are petite and/or have a light flow.

How long can I expect a reusable cloth pad to last?
Most cloth pads are estimated to last up to five years if they’re properly cared for. Some people say theirs last even longer than that. That estimated five year is based on the assumption that you have a rotation of about 10 pads.

 

WASHING 

Should I wash new pads before first use?
Yes, it’s recommended to wash your pads before wearing them for the first time. This will remove any fabric sizing and enhance the fabric’s absorbency. You only need to wash them one time before wearing them.

How do I wash cloth pads?
Soak your EcoPad in cold water before either hand washing or using a washing machine.

Handwashing the pads are also an option. Be sure to change out the soak water daily. When the time comes to wash them, rinse the pads in cold water until the water runs clear and gently scrub them to clean.

Use cold water.: When it comes to blood, a protein stain, hot water can also set stains, making them more difficult to remove. This is the opposite of how you treat most stains. The maximum temperature must be 40ºC.

Don't use softeners.: Softeners can ruin the EcoPads absorption capabilities, avoid at all costs.

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

When should I wash the pads?
You can wash the pads during your cycle as you go through your stash or launder them all once your period ends. Basically, wash them whenever it is the most convenient for you. Keep in mind if you want to wash them all together, to at least rinse the pads as soon as you can to remove any discharge to cause build-ups.

How should I dry my cloth pads?
You can safely dry your EcoPads on a tumble dryer. It might help to sanitise them through the hot air. One day is usually enough for your EcoPads to dry on the line, as long as you spin well.

Try to avoid leaving your pads in direct sunlight for extended lengths of time. The sun can bleach out your pads' colours or damage waterproof backing materials. We recommend hanging dry out of sunlight.

Won’t cloth pads get stained?
If you have 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 colours tend to hide stains naturally. If you’re concerned about staining, follow this tip.

How to reduce blood stains? Salt is great at drawing blood out of fabrics. Sprinkle it on or make a paste and allow it to sit until dry. Scrape off the paste once dry and rinse with cold water.

You can also soak them in cold water with vinegar.

 

HYGIENE

Are they Hygienic?
EcoPads are purer than disposables as the disposable pads contain known carcinogens, allergens, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. These elements can hurt your skin and unbalance your PH. Our EcoPads have no harmful materials, just fabric next to your skin, enabling your skin to breathe, avoiding odours and bacteria.

Will there be any odour when using my Ecopads?
There should not be odour concerns as long as you change pads when needed and wash as we recommend.

 

PERFORMANCE

Are reusable pads safe?
They are indeed! 

Reusable pads tend to be more breathable and are less likely to expose your most sensitive bits to harsh and harmful chemicals than traditional disposable pads. 

Of course, It’s important to make sure that you change your pads regularly. If they become saturated and wet, they can irritate your skin, just like any other menstrual product.

Will they leak?
We’ve worked carefully to design our EcoPads for support and performance uniquely. Specially-selected fabrics have been crafted to guarantee you have a worry-free and positive period.

Can I use the pads for Postpartum?
You sure can. Our Super Heavy Flow EcoPads are perfect for postpartum. 

The bleeding after delivery is heavier than the period. 

Considering that they are much more absorbent than disposables, we suggest you change them at least every 4 hours, but It will depend on how your body will be working after delivery. 

Every time you feel wet, it’s time to change your pad.

Are the Ecopads suitable for urinary incontinence?
Our Ecopads aren't designed particularly for incontinence. They're made for periods, although some people find they work well for small leaks.

 

COMFORT

What does it mean when a reusable pad is made from bamboo?
Many people think of wood when they think of bamboo and wonder how it can make for a comfortable menstrual pad. 

Fortunately, bamboo can be made into a very soft, silky cloth fabric. A great thing about bamboo is that it’s very fast-growing, and thus, highly renewable. And it isn’t a target of pests, so it doesn’t have to be treated with chemicals like regular cotton crops.

What type of underwear should I wear when using the EcoPads?
We recommend high-lycra, tight-fitting briefs with a sturdy gusset to minimise movement. High Lycra material underwear, in particular, works really well.

Of course, you don't have to buy something special for your period but prefer wearing big pants instead of tiny pants.

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