How to Use Your Cloth Pads
Wearing Your Pad
Lay the pad or pantyliner in your underwear with the colorful print side facing up. Wrap the wings around the gusset of your underwear, then snap them together. Our 10, 12, and 14 inch pads are wider at the back and narrower at the front; if you need more coverage toward the front of your body (for example, if you sleep on your stomach or experience mild urinary incontinence), simply rotate the pad so that the wider end is at the front. For best results, wear snug-fitting cotton underwear that will hold the pad securely against your body.Changing Your Pad
How often you change your pad depends on the heaviness of your cycle and the absorbency of the pad you're using. If you have a very heavy flow, you might need to change your pad every couple of hours - or if you have a very light flow, a single pantyliner might last the whole day.
In general, you'll want to change your cloth pad about as often as you would change a similar disposable pad or tampon. If you notice that your pad starts to feel wet or uncomfortable against your body, that's a good time to put on a new one. One of the many benefits of using cloth pads is that you can change them as often as you like without worrying that you're wasting money. So, whenever it would make you feel better to put on a fresh pad, go ahead!
Away from home? You can discreetly use cloth pads at work, school, while traveling, or anywhere else. Simply fold up your used pad and place it inside a pouch
or wet bag
. This will safely contain any messes and odors until you get home.
How to Wash Your Cloth Pads
You don't have to do anything special to your used pads & pantyliners before washing - it's alright to simply toss them directly into a wet bag or small basket until laundry day. However, if you'd like to put in a little extra effort to ensure they're super clean and stain-free, you can prep your pads by either rinsing or soaking them:
After removing your pad, place it in the sink under cool running water, then gently wring it out until the water runs mostly clear. If you'd like, rub a stain stick
or a little baking soda onto the fabric to help fight stains. Keep your rinsed pads in a wet bag
or laundry basket until it's time to wash them.
Find a lidded container to keep in the bathroom (an empty ice cream container or cat litter bucket works well) and fill it half-full with water. After you remove each pad, just drop it in the container. Change the water daily, and if you'd like, add a little baking soda to eliminate odors and fight stains.
For the most convenient washing routine, wait until your period has ended so you can wash all your pads together at the same time. Then, just toss your pads into the washing machine! (Or wash your pads by hand, if you'd prefer.) To avoid using extra water or energy, add your pads to a load of towels or regular laundry that need washing anyway. Any color-safe detergent is fine, though we recommend using a natural, hypoallergenic detergent for sensitive skin (Nellie's and Country Save are two excellent options). It's best to wash your pads in cool or lukewarm water, as hot water can cause blood stains to set in and may damage the fabric over time.
After washing, tumble dry your pads on low to medium heat - or hang them up to dry (a drying strap makes it easy to air dry your pads discreetly indoors). Once your pads are completely clean & dry, store them flat in your bathroom cabinet or underwear drawer.
To keep your pads in great condition, please avoid:
• Harsh stain removers
• Fabric softener (it actually make your laundry less absorbent!)
Just like your favorite t-shirt, your cloth pads will eventually wear out over time after many trips through the washing machine. But, with proper care, you can expect your pads to last five years or more!