Reusable Menstrual Pads, Mama Cloths, Cloth Period Pads, Moon Pads, Moon Cloth, Cloth Sanitary Pad, or as one UK news article humorously called it, a “Fluffy Vagina Blanket’; whatever you call it, they are becoming more and more popular. It’s time for you to find out the best reusable pads.
Willow Pads Cloth Menstrual Pad
Menstrual Pads by Heart Felt
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Hesta Organic Cotton Pantyliners
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Pink Daisy Stay Dry Feminine Pads
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Period Starter Kit Set by Luna Cup
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- Why use reusable cloth pads, to begin with?
- Fabrics used to make Reusable Pads
- Period Pad shapes, features, and other important considerations
- How to Use a Cloth Pad
- Tips and tricks for the use and care of Reusable Period pads
- Top 10 Reusable Menstrual Pads Reviews 2018
In this guide, you’ll see an overview of some of the best menstrual pads, what they are made of and how to choose the best period pads. And, yes, we know there are tons of them out there, but it will be easy to pick once you get to know what to look for.
Why use reusable cloth pads, to begin with?
Reusable pads, also sometimes called ‘Mama Cloths’ are made from cloth with no abrasive paper, synthetic matter or added chemicals that can trap moisture and cause rashes or chafing. They feel like your clothes feel. It is a more natural feel.
They Cost Less
Compared to disposable pads, they are cheaper in the long haul. They can be reused for 5 to 10 years. Reusable pads cost more to buy in the beginning, but since you are not buying a box every month they eventually end up saving money.
They Reduce the Effect on the Environment Greatly
Not only do they allow you to avoid throwing away so much waste, they take fewer resources to manufacture than the synthetic plastics and paper that disposable diapers are made from.
Attractive and Fun Designs
Frankly, once you see the variety of colors, shapes and fun patterns, disposable pads just don’t compare. They come in a huge, mind-boggling variety so you can buy them in a shape and style that you love.
If you have not seen the variety, you are in for a shock. Patterns range from tame flowers, hearts, sugar and spice variety to skulls, cartoon characters and psychedelic designs. Literally, there is something for every woman from the patterns available.
Fabrics used to make Reusable Pads
Before we even think about moving to the reviews of some of the best menstrual pads out there, you have to know the material they’re made out of.
Soft and comfortable, but not the most absorbent. Fleece may leave a sensation of wetness. You will be able to feel the fluid. Fleece does not hold on the fluid, so it will eventually seep through the fabric if the flow is heavy.
Fleece is somewhat bulky and can result in thicker pads. Fleece is synthetic, so for ladies wanting to stay natural, avoid fleece. Some pads also use a waterproof fleece as the protective barrier layer to prevent leaks.
You can feel the fluid, but once it absorbs, it holds on to it and does not seep through as much as flannel. Woven cotton and flannel make for a low profile pad, so if you are looking for a thin pad, they are often made with this type of material.
Cotton can be made into a super soft velour and is quite soft and comfortable. Cotton can be prone to staining so give it a cold rinse before washing so you don’t set the stain. A natural fiber that is very absorbent.
A super soft synthetic material that is a favorite of many because it is so soft. It is not the most absorbent, but it is very comfortable. It can get hot, but it is very durable.
Happens to be very absorbent. Bamboo can be made into velour and be made comfortable enough to feel like wearing panties. The velour does not wear as well as other materials. Bamboo is also a natural fiber for ladies who want to avoid synthetic material like Polyester.
Bamboo is somewhat prone to staining so give it a rinse in cold water before washing. Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial. Bamboo is easy to find, natural, inexpensive, sustainable, and almost as absorbent as hemp.
The most absorbent and long lasting. Hemp WILL shrink in the wash, so be aware of that when selecting a size. Hemp can be made into a luxurious velour and is a favorite because it is a natural fiber, very sustainable, inexpensive, durable, absorbent and soft.
This is a synthetic fabric material used in many pads. It has a plastic-y side and a soft cotton side. The soft side usually sits on the outside where the pad meets your panties. The plastic side is on the inside of the pad so you don’t see it.
This material protects against leaks the best. A must have on heavy flow days. Great for women on the go or on the job.
Period Pad shapes, features, and other important considerations
You will likely need a variety of sizes and absorbency of reusable pads, just like you do with disposable pads. Each cloth pad maker uses their own rating system, so a little trial and error might be necessary, but the absorbency is usually similar to the ratings of disposables.
Wings come in a variety of shapes. Long rectangle wings protect your panties but can add bulk. Some wings are simply small triangles, meant to secure the pad, but offer no additional protection. There are also long wings that offer extra panty protection.
Some pads are flared at the front, back or both, to provide extra coverage. Other pads are narrower. You need to find what works for you, based on your personal flow pattern and preference.
Some pads are all in one design, while others use inserts that you can use to customize your absorbency. These are usually thin narrow strips of fabric made from an absorbent material that fit in a pocket of pouch sewn into the pad.
Every manufacturer makes a different length pad, and the styles and absorbency they offer will have different lengths. You need to experiment to see what works for you. If you currently use a disposable that you like, take its measurements to use as a guide when you are selecting cloth pads.
Different materials have different thicknesses, and some pads have more layers than others. In general, the fleece and velour have more bulk, whereas woven cotton is thinner. Naturally, inserts and pads designed for the heavy flow will be thicker.
Cloth pads are thicker than disposables, regardless of absorbency.
- One snap or two?
Some pads have one snap, while other pads have two. Extra snaps may make a wing larger or the pad bulkier, but two snaps hold the pad more securely to the panties.
How to Use a Cloth Pad
- Start with snug undies. Reusable cloth pads use snaps instead of adhesive, so good fitting snug panties are part of the program and help keep the pad in place.
- Use a pad that is rated for your flow. Panty liners for very light flow or everyday protection. There are medium flow pads, heavy flow pads, and night time pads. Each maker has their own rating, and the ratings are similar to those of disposable pad makers.
- Put the pad in your panties. This is actually the confusing part. Why? Because some pads are meant for the pattern to face up, while others fleece, plain side or velour face down. It depends on how the pad is designed. One thing is for sure they only snap properly one way, and the snaps should be on the bottom or underside of your panties.
- Fasten the snaps and put your panties on. You are good to go.
Tips and tricks for the use and care of Reusable Period pads
- Rinse the pad with cold water. Hot water will set a blood stain.
- Use peroxide or oxy type cleaner to lift a blood stain. Oxy cleaners and hydrogen peroxide are very effective on blood. Conventional chlorine bleach will wear the fabric faster and cause fading or worse.
- If you can’t clean the pad right away, like you are at work, moisten the pad slightly to keep the stain from setting until you can get home. Don’t overdo it, you don’t want it leaking. Also be sure you have a waterproof wet bag to store used pads.
- To dry the pad, hang in the sun if possible. The sun is a natural antibacterial force, plus it saves energy.
Top 10 Reusable Menstrual Pads Reviews 2018
Best period pads overall
This would have to be one of Miss Coty’s personal favorites – very comfy for regular flow, everyday use.
Best reusable Organic menstrual pads
The title says it all – it’s as organic as it gets. For ladies with highly sensitive skin.
Best pads for heavy periods
Heavy flow time can be a challenging time for women. Finding the best pads for heavy flow usually involves finding a pad with a waterproof backing, such as PUL, to give you the security you deserve.
Best Pad for Light Flow Overnight
Nights are a tricky time, especially during that time of the month, because leakage can occur even during your last days of menstruation. Here is a good option to prevent that.
Best Reusable Panty liner
So it’s the very last day when you only get a few drips of blood (literally, few), but you don’t want to wear a thick pad or wash the long, thick pad because of a few little drips? Well, there are reusable panty liners as well. Take a look!
Best pads for tweens
Tweens are the part of our sisterhood that is just starting out with the monthly red, messy monster. Down below is a simple answer for a tween on her first period.
Best pads for teens
Best Period pads for light to medium flow
Due to the length of the pads, these will be the ideal choice for women with a light to medium flow, also good for tweens.
Well, there you have it. This info should give you an idea of what to look out for when searching for the best reusable period pads. We hope you find the reusable pad that works best for you.