Please find some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ drafted by our lovely supplier ‘Pretty Period’ which we have put into a helpful blog post.
Q. What are Cloth Sanitary Pads?
A. Pads for your monthly cycle which are reusable and washable (and very soft!). Sometimes the abbreviation ‘CSP‘ is used which means ‘Cloth Sanitary Protection’
Q. What size should I get?
A. If you measure the size of the disposable pad you currently wear, this will give you an indication of the length you need. If you tend to leak off the ends - choose a longer pad, or if you feel you ‘waste’ a lot of the space then go for a shorter pad, sometimes it is a case of trial and error. Popular sizes seem to be 9” and 10”.
Q. How many do I need?
A. This depends on how often you like to change and whether you will be washing mid cycle.
An example could be 5 pads a day for 5 days, for a moderate cycle, washing at the end.
You can use them alongside disposables whilst you are building a stash, washing mid cycle (use disposables whilst they are in the wash).
Q. How do I wear them?
A. Pretty side up towards the skin.
Fleece is the water repellent backer that goes towards your underwear. Snap the poppered wings under the crotch of your tighter fitting pants. Change as regular as you feel necessary.
Q. How should I store them?
A. When not in use – in a box / drawer / cupboard / bag. When in use – dry store in a bucket or wet bag, to clean you can rinse them until the water runs clear and then dry store. You can pop in the normal wash, or leave them soaking in cold water until you are ready to wash, making sure to change the water every 1-2 days.
Q. How do I wash them?
A. Soak in cold water overnight with or without soda crystals / bicarbonate of soda / stain remover of your choice.
You should never deal with blood using hot water – this is how you get stains.
Rinse until the water runs clear. (cold water)
Put on a normal wash with no fabric conditioner (as this reduces the absorbency), with an extra rinse if required. I use a 40 degree wash. It is OK to use stain remover and tumble dry.
Q. How do you dry them?
You could hang them on the line, or in a sunny place - sun and rain are good stain removers.
Put them on the radiator, hang them on a drying rack. Snap them all together to create a chain, hang from shower pole.
The pads we sell at Soul Good Stuff do not have PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) in them, they are fine to go in the tumble dryer.
Q. Are they comfy?
A. YES definitely! I have had them described as like having a fluffy cloud in your pants.
No more rustling, smelly, sweaty plastic.
Q. I’m really heavy, will they cope?
A. YES. They come in a range of absorbencies, and you may find that your cycle gets lighter and shorter. They hold a surprising amount of fluid
Q. Do they smell?
A. No, you will find it’s the chemicals in disposables that make them (and you) smell.
Q. How do you change / store when out and about?
A. You can get wet bags which we sell in our online store, or use a make up bag to put in your handbag.
Q. Do they leak?
A. Not if you change regularly and wear the absorbency for your flow.
The fleece backer is water repellent / resistant, not waterproof, providing you have the correct absorbent core, you wont need to rely on the backer.
Q. Do they stain?
A. Certain fabrics can stain more than others. Minky and OBV (organic bamboo velour) do not stain. Personally, using the above wash routine, I haven’t had any stains. As mentioned before, Sun and rain are excellent stain removers. Heat sets in stains.
Q. What underwear should I wear with them?
A. Good quality tighter fitting pants. Not the baggy old sagging elastic ones 😉.
Q. Can I put them in the tumble dryer?
A. As the pads we sell do not contain PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) Yes you can put them in the tumble dryer on a low setting, it is ok to iron them apart from minky it will melt, and watch out for the poppers.
Q. What fabric is best?
A. That is all down to personal preference. Minky can be a marmite fabric, love it or hate it. Jersey is quick wicking. Cotton is cool. Flannel is absorbent.
Q. How long do they last?
A. Looked after correctly, they can last over 10 years.
Q. How does the absorbency reflect shop bought pads?
A. About the same, although you may find you can wear cloth for longer due to the comfort factor.
Q. What is in the core?
A. In most of my pads I use Zorb. This can hold 10 times its weight in fluid, and gets more absorbent the more you wash it. My liners have flannel in them.
Basically, they are kinder to you and kinder to the environment although, the warning we give is that collecting different prints can get very, very addictive 😍.
Find our collection here: https://www.soulgoodstuff.com/shop/Reusable-Sanitary-Products-c33996982