What are cloth menstrual pads?
Cloth menstrual pads are made of fabric and are used during the menstrual cycle. These pads can be washed to use them again making a green alternative for our planet.
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.
Are reusable pads safe?
They are indeed! As mentioned above, 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.
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 years is based on the assumption that you have a rotation of about 10 pads.
What does it mean when they say 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 is able to 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.
How often do I need to change my cloth pad?
How often you’ll need to change your cloth pad is different for each person just like with disposable pads. Usually you will change 2 to 4 times a day. It depends on your flow. 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 cloth pads do I need?
Everyone's cycle is different. To determine how many cloth pads you need, consider the factors below:
- How often will you be able to wash the pad?. If you are able to wash your pads about every second day, you can cut down greatly on the amount of pads you'll need.
- What size of pads do you normally use? If you use liners, day pads and night pads on different days, you may want to get a good combination of sizes for your cloth pads.
10 to 15 pads is a good place to start, you can use them alongside disposables until you have enough cloth pads to last you a full cycle.
- Three to six size S;
- Six to twelve size M;
- One to three size L.
Can I use cloth pads for incontinence?
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 breathability.
Important notice! If you’re using cloth pads for urinary leakage and incontinence, it is very important to rinse the pads straight after use, not leaving any residues of urine left in them. Don’t just leave them laying in water until laundry day, make sure they are properly rinsed before. If there’s still urine on the pads it will corrode on the fabrics and the PUL, leaving them damaged.
Can I use cloth pads immediately after giving birth?
Using cloth pads after postpartum is an excellent choice! Our night pad is generous in size and with extra absorbing layers. Also being made of organic bamboo it is also nice and soft on your skin and you do not need all that plastic and toxins in your panties close to your skin just after giving birth.
Can teenagers use cloth pads?
They sure can. They may want to start with a small size pads to see how they like them. Starting early with cloth pads can help young people feel in control of their cycles.
1 - Should I wash new pads before wearing?
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.
2 - How do I wash cloth pads?
Soak your EcoPad in cold water, before either hand washing or using a washing machine.
Handwashing the pads is also an option. 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.
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 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 it can break down the material and interfere with absorbency.
3 - 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, just wash them whenever 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.
4 - How should I dry my cloth pads?
You can safely dry your EcoPads on tumble dryer, it might help to sanitize 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 the colors of your pads or damage waterproof backing materials. We recommend hang dry, out of sunlight
5 - 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 colors tend to naturally hide stains. 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.