Is It Hygienic to Use a Reusable Sanitary Pad?


Reusable sanitary pads are recommended because they are in fact healthier for your body – there is no risk of infections that disposable pads bring and they allow your skin to breathe. They can also be used more than once, thus reducing the number of pads you use. Plus, they are better on the environment since you’re not throwing away used pads after every time you use them.

Unfortunately, some people still think that reusable sanitary products are somewhat unhygienic to use despite the complete lack of evidence.

So here are things you need to know about reusable sanitary pads.

Some disposable pads might be made from natural materials like breathable cotton but it is still packed with non-biodegradable and often considered toxic materials. Have you ever wondered what that ominous ‘blue gel core’ is made of? Manufacturers of disposable nappies and pads that use this material only refer to it simply as super-absorbent gel and unfortunately they are not legally obligated to list the materials to use to make it.

Another component that you should be worried about is that adhesive strip on the back of the disposable pad. This component is neither made from cotton nor it is particularly breathable.

On the other hand, the options for breathability with reusable pads are endless. There is a wide selection of materials to choose from - bamboo fleece, hemp, cotton, terry cloth, wool and flannel. These materials are only some of the popular choices for maximum breathability which allows air to flow freely and prevents build of odour and moisture.

However, keep in mind that reusable does not mean natural. There are many reusable pads on the market that are made from synthetic fabrics and these pads might not be as breathable as the ones made from natural materials. It is highly recommended to check the materials used in the reusable pad that you are planning to buy.

The worst thing that could happen when you are wearing a disposable pad is when you are out and about and you find yourself changing pads in a public restroom that has no bin. You would have to wrap your used pad in tissue and carry it inside your bag until you find a bin. Unfortunately, the used pad you wrapped in tissue would eventually start to smell.

With reusable pads, you can always bring bottled water with you along with a wet bag or a purse. Some reusable pads come with matching wet bags and most of them are easy to fold and they fold up tightly too. With no oxygen getting into your pad, it would produce an unpleasant smell as well as decrease the likelihood of bacteria to grow.

Disposing of your disposable pad does not end with you chucking them away in a bin. Used pasd emit unpleasant odour when exposed to oxygen which is the reason why most public restrooms have specialised bins specifically designed to contain the smell of used pads. If you only have a regular bin at home, you most likely wrap your pads in tissue to try to prevent the smell from getting out. However, this exposes your bathroom to bacteria build up at least once a month.

Conversely, you only need to wash your reusable pad immediately or soak and seal it while waiting for your washday. You can use either a sealed bucket or wet bag to prevent air from getting in.

In conclusion, reusable pads are no less hygienic than disposables. It’s all about having a good hygiene routine, proper care and following the manufacturer’s care instructions.

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