We’re all taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment – from recycling where we can and reducing the amount of meat and dairy in our diets to limiting the amount of plastic we consume. And for many of us, this extends to choosing reusable period products such as period pants and cloth pads.
What are cloth sanitary pads?
Similar to disposable period pads you find in supermarkets and pharmacies, cloth sanitary pads are worn in your underwear during your period. Usually made from soft material such as cotton and lined with an absorbent material like terry towelling, fleece or jersey, they’re comfortable and suitable for any type of flow.
Benefits of cloth sanitary pads
A massive 3 billion disposable period products are used each year in the UK, with more than 200,000 tonnes of menstrual hygiene products going to landfill. And that’s a lot of plastic! But because cloth sanitary pads are reusable, they can be washed and used again and again, reducing the amount of plastic that ultimately goes to landfill or into our oceans.
Plus, they’re really easy to use and look after, and are designed and made to keep you feeling fresh during your period.
How to use cloth sanitary pads
They’re as simple to use as disposable sanitary towels – place your pad into your underwear and fasten around the gusset using the poppers. You can wear it for between four and six hours, just as you would with a disposable pad – though it’s recommended that you check them more frequently the first few times you use them, so you can see how they work for you.
Before you use your pads for the first time, make sure you wash them (it increases their absorbency) and line dry them thoroughly. Just remember not to use fabric softener.
How to care for your cloth sanitary pads
When it’s time to change your pad, simply rinse it in cold water until the water runs clear. This helps to stop stains setting. If you can’t rinse it straight away, place it in a wet bag and rinse when you get home. Then pop it into your washing machine and wash at 40 degrees (don’t be tempted to wash at higher temperatures as it can result in staining), and remember not to use fabric softener as it can affect absorbency. When it comes to drying, you can air-dry your pads or tumble dry them – just make sure you use a low temperature to avoid shrinkage.
Make a sustainable switch today
When it comes to period products, reusable cloth sanitary pads are comfortable, easy to clean and much more sustainable than disposable products. They’re a great choice for every type of flow – including on your heavy days – and will help you reduce your impact on the environment. Plus, they come in a range of colours and patterns. So what’s not to love? Take a look at our range of cloth sanitary pads and choose your new favourite period products.