Reusable Sanitary Pads: How to get started

Posted by Nadja on 7/24/2018 to Living Without Plastic - Tips & Advice
Reusable Sanitary Pads: How to get started

Are you curious about reusable sanitary pads but don’t quite know where to start? Don’t worry! You are not on your own. Since everyone is becoming more and more aware about the huge plastic and waste problem our planet is facing, a lot of people try hard to replace every-day disposable items with more sustainable alternatives.

You might have heard of reusable panty liners, cloth sanitary pads or even read up on how to use a menstrual cup already. But the thought of it can seem quite daunting. However, the switch to washable sanitary pads is so worth it - not just for the environment and your budget, but also for your health. The reusable alternative to disposable sanitary products is mostly made from natural fabrics that will feel soft against one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Find out all the reasons why you should consider using reusable sanitary products HERE!

Once your mind is made up and you have decided to make the switch to eco-friendly cloth pads, it can still be quite overwhelming and your head might be full of questions like: How many reusable menstrual pads do I need? Do I also invest in reusable pantyliners? Where do I keep used pads until I am ready to wash them and how do I actually wash them? Don’t worry! We don’t just have the answers to all those questions but can also help in getting you started with one of the best selections of reusable sanitary pads in UK! But first, here is all you need to know!

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How many reusable pads do I need?

This is possibly the hardest question to answer. The amount of cloth sanitary pads (CSP) you need to carry you comfortably through the month depends on the individual length of your period and whether you have a light or heavy flow. We are able to give you some general guidelines - if you would like to get specific advice, please reach out to us!

For a short cycle and light flow, you will need a minimum of 6 daytime and 3-4 nighttime pads. Average to long cycles with a heavier flow are better of getting 10 to 15 daytime pads and up to 6 or 7 for the night. Reusable sanitary towels for the night are generally longer and more absorbent than daytime pads.

Which material and type to choose?

When selecting your new stash of reusable pads you have a variety of choice when it comes to material and combinations of different material. The main organic cloth pad materials are cotton, bamboo and hemp. No matter which material you choose, you can be sure that they are 100% more comfortable and disposable pads. Think of it like of your regular clothes, while you get sweaty and uncomfortable very quickly in a T-Shirt made from synthetic fabric, you are much more comfortable in a cotton top.

You best to choose the type of your new pads according to the nature of your flow. For those ‘inbetween’ days as well as the first and last couple of days you might be perfectly protected with some cloth pad panty liner. For heavier days, nighttime and even postpartum you can choose different lengths and absorbencies, from the drop-down menu on the product. The TCs Eco pads, for example, is available from 8 inches up to 11 inches and with the absorbency of a liner, regular pad, heavy flow pad or nighttime/postpartum pad.

Good to know: Due to the nature of some of the natural fabrics your pads will become more and more absorbent with every wash. It might be a good idea to give new pads a wash before use.

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How much money do I need to invest?

Your initial investment for a full stash of reusable pads depends, once again, on your individual needs. While the reusable liners start at around £5, one nighttime/postpartum pad will cost about twice as much. However, think about it as a long-term investment that will save you money eventually.

It is estimated that on average every woman spends about £18,000.00 on disposable sanitary products over the course of her life. When you switch to reusable alternatives you can save up to £8,400.00 - now if you look at that, the initial investment is more than worth it!

Many women make a gradual transition to cloth pads - expanding their stash bit by bit. That way you can gradually get used to wearing, using and washing reusable sanitary pads and also spread the cost across multiple months. Our brand new CSP mystery boxes are an ideal way to start your stash, try different types or just bulk up your collection while getting your surprise pads at a discounted price.

How to use reusable pads?

Using cloth pads is not so different from using disposable pads. Instead of an adhesive strip, reusable pads have snap buttons to secure around your panties and keep them where they are supposed to be. You will also have to change them every couple of hours but instead of throwing them away you store them in a bucket or wet bag until you wash them.

Wetbags with a handle are particularly handy, as you can attach them to your toilet roll holder to keep it exactly where you need it. Many women also like to quickly rinse used pads in cold water to get rid of stains, however, it is not necessary to store them in water until you are ready to wash them.

What do I do when I am not at home?

When you are thinking about using reusable sanitary pads chances are that this is the question you are most nervous about. Keeping a used sanitary pad in a wet bag at home seems straightforward enough, but what happens when you are at work or have to use a public toilet? The solution is a smaller wet bag or even one of these wet/dry clutch from Logan & Lenora. The dry compartment carries your fresh pads while you can safely store the used ones in the wet section of the clutch, plus it looks like a cute little handbag.

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How do I wash reusable pads?

Washing cloth pads and panty liners are very easy. Pop them in your machine, put them on a cold rinse cycle and then wash as you would wash your regular laundry. Don’t use any fabric softener or bleach, as they might impact your pads absorbency. If you are using a wet bag to store used pads, you don't need to empty the bag into the machine. Simple open the bag and pop it in the drum and you are good to go - the movement during the washing cycle will empty the bag and make sure all your pads are cleaned thoroughly.

You can dry them on the line or even tumble dry them on a low heat.

Any questions?

Watch the video below for a quick run through all the different products and if you have any more questions or need some specific advice, just let us know or join our Facebook Group and get advice from our experienced staff and other customers who already successfully transitioned to cloth sanitary pads.

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