Reusable cloth pads are literally the best thing since sliced bread, IMO. They rule for real.
Ok so here’s everything you need to know about cloth menstrual pads:
- Ya, they really are as absorbent as the disposable ones. For people who have light to moderate flows, Moody V’s regular absorbency pads work like a charm. I know it sounds risky to trust a 100% cotton pad to hold all that menstrual fluid, but let me tell you why it’s not. Cotton is a super absorbent, quick-drying fabric that is already working on drying up the menstrual fluid as soon as it absorbs it.
- The quick-drying qualities of cloth pads cuts down on odor, discomfort caused by moisture, and heat. Synthetic materials such as plastic hold moisture, and bacteria against your body, not letting any warmth escape. Yuck. Disposable pads contain chemicals, adhesives, and materials that we could really just do without.
- They’re simple to clean. Below is a collection of different ways people choose to care for their pads.
- Method 1: Rinse with cold water ASAP to reduce staining. Machine wash cold, then air dry thoroughly to maintain a nice shape.
- Method 2: Machine wash cold, tumble dry.*
*Method 2 gets your pad clean and ready to use again real quick, but may result in light staining and scrunching-up in the dryer. (Stains fade over time and you can stretch the pad gently with your hands to un-scrunch it.)
Some folks like to keep a container of cool water in their bathroom so they can soak their pads until they’re ready to wash them. This helps remove stains without using chemicals or potentially fabric-damaging products.
It’s recommended to avoid using fabric softener, as it makes fabric less absorbent.
Another good rule of thumb is not to use anything on your pads you wouldn’t wash your underwear with. Your pads are gonna be up close and personal with a sensitive area, so avoid harsh or irritating chemicals when washing them.
Cloth pads contain several layers of fabric, which means it might need extra time drying. Make sure they’re super dry out of the dryer or dry them in the sun to prevent mildew. Do be aware that sun-drying can result in fabric discoloration.
- On average, a person with a regular flow will use 3-4 pads per day, including the one worn to sleep. It’s good to keep a minimum of 6 pads on hand so you have three pads per day for two days, then wash. It is really nice, though, to keep extras so you don’t have to worry about running out. Plus, variety is the spice of life!