Are you curious about reusable sanitary pads but donít quite know where to start? Donít worry! You are not on your own.
Reusable pads are a great alternative to disposable pads that are better for you and the environment. Plus they come in a great range of gorgeous colours and patterns to brighten up your monthly flow and make it as natural as possible. We have a wide range of reusable pads which are organic, stay dry or made in the UK.
You might have heard of washable panty liners, cloth sanitary pads (CSP) 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 products is so worth it - not just for the environment and your budget, but also for your health. CSP are mostly made from natural fabrics that will feel soft against one of the most sensitive parts of your body.
Once your mind is made up and you have decided to make the switch to eco-friendly washable CSP, it can still be quite overwhelming and your head might be full of questions.
How many do I need?
Do I also invest in pantyliners?
Where do I keep used CSP until I am ready to wash them and how do I actually wash them?
Don 't worry! We donít just have the answers to all those questions but can also help in getting you started with one of the best selections of reusable menstrual pads and menstrual cups in the UK! But first, here is all you need to know!
Why do I need reusable menstrual pads?
This is possibly the hardest question to answer. Even more so than determining how many reusable nappies you might need. The amount of 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!
CSP generally needs to be changed slightly less frequently than disposables, but the number of disposables you use a day is a good place to start your calculations. A night-time towel per night of your cycle is great if you don 't want to have to wash mid-flow. However if you are already washing cloth nappies or know you put a wash every day then you can get away with less.
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 off getting 10 to 15 daytime pads and up to 6 or 7 for the night. Reusable sanitary products for the night are generally longer and more absorbent than daytime towels.
And if you are planning to use alongside menstrual cups as a backup then a single liner per day should be fine.
Which material and type to choose?
When selecting your new stash you have a variety of choices when it comes to material and combinations of different materials. 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. Think of it like 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.
Your best bet is to choose CSP according to the nature of your flow. Liners can give ample protection on lighter days at the start and end of your period. For heavier days, nighttime and even postpartum you 'll want a longer length and higher absorbancy. The TCs Eco pads, for example, are available from 8 inches up to 11 inches and with the absorbency of a panty liner, regular, heavy or nighttime/postpartum towel.p
Good to know: Due to the nature of some of the natural fabrics your CS will become more and more absorbent with every wash. It might be a good idea to give new pads a wash before use.
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 a washable panty liner starts 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 on disposable sanitary products over the course of her life. When you switch to reusable alternatives you can save up to £8,400 - now if you look at that, the initial investment is more than worth it!
Many women make a gradual transition to cloth - expanding their stash bit by bit. That way you can gradually get used to wearing, using and washing reusable pads and also spread the cost across multiple months. Our brand new mystery boxes are an ideal way to start your stash, try different types or just bulk up your collection while getting a surprise and a discounted price.
How to use one?
Using CSP is not so different from using disposables. Instead of an adhesive strip, reusable pads have poppers to secure around your pants and keep them where they are supposed to be. You change them every few 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 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 products chances are that this is the question you are most nervous about. Keeping a used menstrual 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 bags we sell. 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.
Washing cloth sanitary towels and panty liners is very easy. Especially if you already happen to use cloth nappies. 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 absorbency. If you are using a wet bag to store used CSP, 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 low heat.
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 have already successfully transitioned to cloth sanitary products.
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