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A Guide To Cloth Pads – How To Use, Wash and Keep Them.

Ever since mentioned that I’ve been using cloth pads for years on my cloth nappy video I’ve had so many people asking me to do a video about these too. It’s quite funny really how much more receptive people are to the idea of reusables now. When I first started trying them out in 2014 the general attitude people had was – frankly – complete revulsion. Even I was a little grossed out by the idea at first, but one of my sisters had tried them recently and was raving about how much more comfortable they were, so I decided to give it a go.

Well, it’s been five years, and I’m never going back! Here’s why:

Like I mentioned in the video, I didn’t have time to include every single detail and question about reusables into the video without it being an hour long. So I’ve added everything else, along with recommended custom made pad makers, more detailed explanations and your questions down below. Also, the cheapies I mentioned in the video can be bought here. Please note that any links to Amazon are affiliate links.

What Custom Made Brands Do You Recommend? 

  1. Lady Days: If you’re looking for meticulously well-made pads.

  2. MiniVivi: Who specializes in more heavy-duty pads aimed at incontinence sufferers.

  3. TCS Eco pads: Well made and very good quality.

  4. OneCheekyBee: I might be completely biased here because they’re made by my sister, but all the beautiful pads featured in the video above were made by her and I think they’re fantastic quality products.

If you’re considering buying on Etsy there are a few things you need to do to make sure that you get a good product, because not all cloth pads makers are created equal.

  • If you have concerns about the hygiene standards of the products (because there are unscrupulous sellers out there) ask if they have insurance. At least in the UK, it’s a legal requirement for a business to have, and it’s a good indication of a standard of quality.
  • Like everything with the internet, check the reviews on whichever platform they’re on. That tends to be a very good indication and will at the very least warn you about anyone who is using old nappies to make “new” pads.

Now For All The FAQ 

  • Can they withstand a lot of movement?

I’ve found the cheap amazon ones do move around a little while I walk, and more than once I’ve had to adjust it discreetly. The custom ones don’t suffer from this problem as much, that being said, I wouldn’t go competing in a trampolining tournament with these. It really depends how much movement we’re talking about here. A brisk hike or walk, fine. But horseriding? That’s a challenge better suited to the menstrual cup.

  • Are there different ones for day and night?

This depends entirely on your flow. If you bleed a lot I would suggest that you go for a custom pad which is designed to absorb a lot, the cheapies probably won’t cut it. If you have a light flow though you can go for the light pads, cheapies, or liner type pads (these tend to be smaller than the regular sized pads). If you’re concerned that none of those will do the trick then I’d recommend that you go for the pads which are more geared towards post-partum. Trust me, nothing is getting through those!

  • Is there such a thing as keeping them for too long?

That depends entirely on how much care you take of them. Like I mention in the video, I’ve had mine for five years, and I can’t see myself throwing them away any time soon. If you think yours are too old and tired, then maybe it’s time to replace them, but again, that depends entirely on how well you keep them and how long you would want to keep them.

  • How do you make them?

That’s a video I’m still trying to convince my sister to make with me. If you feel like helping me convince her maybe drop some not-so-subtle hints over on her Instagram.

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  • Reply Iveta

    Thank you for this article! I’ve already started using cloth pads about half a year ago and I’m so glad I did. It feels so much better.
    I recently started keeping the used pads in a bucket with a bit of water (overnight usually) – so the blood soaks off, then I toss them in the washing machine with regular laundry on the 60°C cycle.

    30th August 2019 at 7:13 pm
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