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What is a cloth pad?
A cloth pad is a re-usable pad worn by women to absorb their menstrual flow as an alternative to disposable pads or menstrual cups.
How often do I need to change my cloth pad?
This completely depends on how heavy your flow is – we would recommend changing the same rate you would a disposable so every 3-4 ish hours. Some girls wear theirs for a whole day. You may find that the Ecopads are more absorbent than a disposable so you may find you'll change less often.
Do cloth pads leak?
As for any type of pad, whether disposable or reusable, if filled to capacity will overflow. The extra absorbency cloth pads provide would give more security, and additionally each cloth pad has a hidden layer of water resistancy, which serves as an anti-leak barrier!
What happens when I need to change when I'm out?
Wet bags are the best way to manage your period using cloth pads. Simply take it off, roll it up and snap it together and pop them into a wet bag, much like a diaper wet bag. They generally have a water proofed compartment, and then a compartment to put in unused pads so that you can change wherever you are. You could even use a spare make up bag if you have one handy.
Do they have a different smell compared to disposable pads?
Absolutely yes! With disposable pads – there are heaps of chemicals that are in them to try keep them sanitary and white (usually bleach). This reacting to your skin, sweat and blood actually creates that distinct smell we are probably all too familiar with. Although periods still smell, the smell isn’t as bad as a disposable pad. The reason is that fabric is more breathable than plastic (which is what disposable pads are backed with to act as a water repellent layer), so any smell that your period has won’t be trapped in the small space.
How do you wash cloth pads?
To wash your pads, simply wash first with cold water, then add cold water to a bucket with an eco oxi clean, then soak your pad in the bucket for 24 hours. After that simply wash as per usual. See the full instructions over here.
What are reusable cloth pads made out of?
Our cloth pads are comprised of four main components: the topper, core, backer and snaps. The topper (closest to your skin) is made out of a cotton flannel. The core creates the absorbency of the pad and the backer includes a layer of waterproofing to ensure no leaks.
How long do cloth pads last for?
If you look after your cloth pads, they will last at least 2-3 years, however you may find you can keep them up for 5+ years. If they are washed correctly and stored correctly (ensuring they are dry before putting away)