Why use cloth pads?
The average woman will throw away more than 10,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. This waste adds to overflowing landfill dumps and clogs sewer ways. The earth can not withstand this garbage indefinitely. Cloth pads are better for the environment than disposables, as reusing helps to ease the burden and make our world cleaner. Using cloth pads makes a difference and they feel good too!
Body Care & Safety.
Disposable feminine hygiene products are actually not sterile despite their whiter-than-white appearance. In fact the synthetics and plastics that they contain create a humid microclimate in this warm, damp area, in which germs and fungal infections such as thrush can easily breed.
When women develop irritation problems such as thrush, vaginitis or soreness, they are usually advised by doctors and health specialists to wear cotton underwear. But, without thinking, they often continue to use their usual brand of feminine hygiene product or panty liner made from synthetic and plastic ingredients. Many women suffering from skin allergies, irritation, soreness and itching, find their symptoms are worse during their period because of the synthetic nature of their choice of feminine hygiene product.
Cloth pads are softer on the skin and they allow natural airflow, which can help prevent thrush, vaginal rashes, infertility, birth defects and cancer.
Many women report shorter, milder periods once they discontinue the use of disposable menstrual products that have been bleached and contain synthetic gelling crystals.
Are cloth pads sanitary?
Yes. Just like your underwear (which you don't throw away after each use) cloth pads can be cleaned & ready for the next use.
Are cloth pads comfortable?
Women who use cloth pads find them to be much more comfortable than disposable paper alternatives. They are soft, & not as sticky as disposables & will not irritate your skin.
Will they slip out of place?
No. Cloth pads are designed with wings that snap around your underwear. The wings insure that the pad will not slip out of place or leak.
How long do they last?
Cloth pads will last for approximately 5 years or more. The average woman will spend around P 18,000.00 on menstrual products during the span of 5 years. When you purchase cloth you eliminate last minute trips to the store & save money. Cloth pads are comfortable to wear and easy to wash. Snap your pads into place with your regular underwear & voila! To wash, soak in cold water, then machine wash & dry, or handwash & air dry. Use a wee bit of lemon & vinegar to get rid of stains. For convenience, keep your pads someplace nice where they will be ready when you need them. Cloth pads can be worn anywhere, anytime. When away from home, store your pads in a plastic bag until you are able to wash them.
Cloth pads will last for five years or more if you care gently for them. Most women find that ten pads are enough to last for a cycle. The number of pads you require will vary according to your flow.
Do they leak?
No. Cloth pads are designed with wings for added protection. They are made from super absorbent cotton to prevent leakage. They are also available in three different sizes so you may adjust according to your flow.
Can you wear cloth while playing sports?
Sure. Many women use cloth for a variety of activities.
How many pads will you need for each cycle?
This depends on your individual flow & how often you do your laundry. Each woman is different. The average number of pads used is between 10-15 per cycle. It all depends on you! You can start small & then build your collection as you need.
How often do you need to change them?
Change your pads as you would disposables. It all depends on your personal flow.
Cloth pads are simple to use and easy to care for. After using your pads, you can soak them in cold water for one day, then toss them in the wash. If you prefer, you can also wash them by hand. Please do not bleach your pads, do not use any fabric softeners, and enzyme-based detergents. Personally, I use any regular detergent like Champion (original). For tough stains, a little bit of vinegar or lemon juice goes a long way!