Having your period in 2021 must be ten times better than it was hundreds of years ago. Nowadays, you have thousands of products available to you.
If you’re looking to replace your tampons or menstrual cups, then cloth pads might be the option for you, read on to find out why reusable menstrual pads are on the rise.
What To Look For When Buying reusable
Purchasing your new set of sanitary towels can feel confusing, which is why I created this list of things to look out for before making your purchase:
I want everyone to receive there money’s worth, which is why checking out the price is so important. When you’re stuck with which one to choose, then the price might be the deciding factor.
If you have to change your pads multiple times a day, then finding pads with a high count will give you a few days’ worth of protection without having to do numerous washes.
Heavy flows require a larger pad to help retain the moisture. Find pads the suit your needs by thinking about the size you’ll require; it can help stop leaks. Which is great for long nights were changing isn’t possible!
Unlike disposable pads, you can’t just chuck your reusable pads in the bin. This means you need somewhere safe to store them without it leaking on to your bag.
There’re plenty of color options to choose from. You might want to choose a more discrete color, or some people prefer something a little prettier; whatever you choose, you have options.
What Are The Best Reusable Menstrual Pads?
There are so many styles of pads available on the market, so which one do you choose? I’ve found my top five reusable towels that can replace regular reusable towels. Check them out:
MYSWEETY is convinced that you’ll love the effectiveness and comfort. The top layer is made with a fleece layer embedded with charcoal.
This helps to neutralize odors and add a level of comfort. And to prevent the towel from leaking, their outer layer is made with a waterproof PUL fabric.
The middle two layers are made with two layers of ultra-absorbent microfiber.
To hold the menstrual pads in place, they use a wing and snap system, place the pad where needed and snap it into place.
- Pack of eight
- Two sizes
- Four layers
- Wing & Snap
- Waterproof outer layer
The cloth pads worked well even with a heavy flow, the microfiber absorbed a lot, and the waterproof layer kept it inside. They’re made with dark material, which keeps them discreet and avoids embarrassment. I was disappointed with the packaging; there’s no point having reusable period products covered in plastic.
- Has two absorbent layers
- Storage wet bag
- Larger than expected
- Wasteful packaging
Highoh Period Starter Kit
They use all-natural bamboo charcoal fibers for extra hygiene. It helps to decompose any micro-organisms living in the pads and eliminates odors.
The inner two layers provide you outstanding absorbency and on the outside of the pads, it uses a waterproof layer to ensure no embarrassing leaks.
To hold it securely, they use two-button snaps and a unique sewing method.
They also use unbleached materials, which they claim, “Might help with menstrual cramps.”
- Pack of six
- Four layers
- Bamboo charcoal fiber
Unfortunately, their pads were very hit and miss. In the comfort area, they performed well, but they didn’t perform very well at staying in place. People had various opinions about how well they performed; my guess is some flows were more substantial than others.
- Felt soft
- No bleaching
- Eliminates odor
- Sliding issues
They come in a pack of five pads and a wet bag to hold your used sanitary towels. You also get 36-double sided sticky tape pieces to help keep the pad in place.
Although the brand usually makes menstrual cups, they are ranked number one for softness.
Like most pads, they use a soft charcoal layer for maximum absorbency and to neutralize odor.
Save the planet and your pocket; their reusable pads pay for themselves after two months.
- Pack of five
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- Sticky tape to hold them in place
- Ranked #1 for softness
- Pays for itself
The charcoal worked excellently at removing smells and absorbing heavy flows. The double-sided sticky tape was an excellent addition that stopped the pads from moving. It was also lovely to see a money-back guarantee; it’s excellent for people unsure of making the switch.
- Wicks moisture away easily
- Stays in place
- Weak stitching in the middle
The purple pads use snaps to hold it in place and can be machine washed and dryer safe.
They use advanced fabric technology to help wick away any moisture and draw it away from your body.
The core is made with a super-absorbent microfiber.
And on the backside, you a leak-proof backing for extra protection when out on the move.
- One in the pack
- Holds three times more liquid
- Reusable for five years
- Purple color
- Machine & dryer safe
These pads worked fantastically at absorbing, and didn’t slip or slide. The Leak-proof backing stopped any disaster occurring during the night. The price did take me by surprise, especially considering you only get one in the pack. But, as one customer said, they are unmatched for absorbency.
- Super absorbent
- High-performance wicking
- Ethically made
- Very expensive
Each cloth pad has four layers of charcoal bamboo fiber and two super absorbent microfiber layers. This creates a super absorbent pad that wicks away any moisture.
And with the water-resistant outer layer so you can expect no leaks.
Teamoy uses a button and wing system to help hold the cloth pads in place. The reusable pads come with a floral design and a matching wet bag to go with it.
The wet bag is made with a waterproof PUL material, which has two compartments to help separate the clean from the dirty.
- Four layers of charcoal
- Wet bag with two compartments
- Folds away discretely
- Pack of ten
- Three different sizes
The wet bag was perfect for separating your clean and dirty pads. And the foldaway pads made it easier to keep them discreet. You also received plenty in the pack to get you started. Although the extra layers made the pads very absorbent, it did make them bulky.
- Matching wet bag
- Perfect for traveling
Are Reusable Menstrual Pads Sanitary?
It’s one of the most common questions I hear, and for a good reason. But you can rest assured knowing that reusable menstrual pads are perfectly hygienic.
It does take little extra maintenance than your regular disposable pads. As long as the pads are kept clean, they’ll be no issues.
You could argue that some reusable pads are more hygienic than regular tampons. The fabric used for cotton pads can breathe, which means it can stay more hygienic then you’d expects.
Because cloth pads breathe, it means less moisture builds up, which also means fewer bacteria.
To make the cloth pads more hygienic, some pads use bamboo charcoal to help keep the pads clean and reduce the smell. But this does make the pads feel a little denser.
How Often Do You Change Reusable Pads?
When your time of the month has come, you’ll have to change it multiple times a day.
You’ll know when the time comes to change your pad when you start to feel wet around your skin.
It depends on your flow and the absorbency of the pads. A heavy flow will need changing more often than someone that experiences a lighter surge.
Overall you need to be smart with your changing habits; there’s a chance that bacteria can develop if left unchanged. And it’s not just for your own comfort. Ladies, we all know that period blood starts to smell if left for too long.
So, changing your pads regularly stops discomfort and infection, and prevents embarrassing smells being produced.
How Do You Wash Reusable Menstrual Pads?
Washing your cloth pads is easier than you might be thinking, and takes minimal effort. Before you think about cleaning your pads, you should soak them to help prevent staining. You should also check if your pads can be machine washed or hand washed.
You’ve checked the cloth pads, and they’re safe to machine wash, So, what do you do?
- Set the machine to a cold or warm setting
- Never wash on a hot setting it can help set the stains
- Use a small amount of detergent
- Air dry or tumble dry them on a low setting
Machine washing isn’t always an option for a few reasons. It could be down to the menstrual products themselves; not all of them can be machine washed. Or it might just be down to your personal preferences, whatever the reason you need to know how to clean them:
- Make sure you soak them; it will make your life easier
- If you’re soaking them make sure you change the water daily to prevent bacteria build-up
- When you’re ready to wash, rinse them under cold water until the pad runs clear
- Gently scrub them clean with a small amount of detergent
How Many Reusable Menstrual Pads Do I Need?
Everyone is different, and really it depends on your flow, but here are some things I’d consider, it will help you find out how many reusable cloth pads you need:
- How often can you wash the pads? If you’re able to clean your menstrual products regularly, it can significantly reduce the number of pads you’ll need.
- How many pads do you use daily? Everyone needs to change their disposable pads multiple times a day, knowing how many pads you use daily will give you an idea of how many you’ll need.
Hopefully, that gives you everything you need to help you make a decision, but there are a few things you need to remember.
Firstly menstrual towels need to be cleaned regularly if you want them to stay hygienic. If kept well maintained, they will keep you feeling fresher than regular towels.
When you’re thinking about how many napkins you’re going to need, you need to answer two questions. How many pads do you use a day? And, how then do you plan on washing them? Multiply the numbers together to get your number. To make sure you’re safe, add a few safety blankets.
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If that wasn’t quenched your reusable needs, why not check out this article listing the best reusable cotton rounds or this list of the best reusable grocery bags.