How do cloth pads work?

Here are some of the most common questions and answers.

Are cloth pads safe and leak free? How often do I need to change my pad? How do I wash them? And why on earth should I change to reusable cloth pads instead of my regular disposable pads? There are a lot of questions and stigma surrounding reusable sanitary products.

ImseVimse’s washable cloth menstrual pads provide a soft and natural menstrual protection and make a great alternative to traditional disposable pads and tampons. They’re all washable and reusable, made of natural and environmentally friendly cotton that’s guaranteed free from chemicals and are kind to your skin. Also, this product will never let you down and you will never run out of pads – because you will always have them! A lot of women have gotten rid of itchiness and vaginal yeast infections simply by changing to cloth pads.

The health benefits are as many as the environmental ones. By switching from disposable sanitary pads and tampons to cloth pads, you no longer need to overuse all the plastics, chemicals and perfumes that disposables are made of. Plastics contain many different chemicals that are no good for our health. Some might even be endocrine disruptive chemicals, that means they might play a hazardous game with your health.  Even if one type of plastic or material is approved for humans to use, few tests are being executed to what happens when you will combine these materials and chemicals. On their own they might not be harmful to your health, but combined together they might make up a toxic cocktail of chemicals. This is called the cocktail effect.

A lot of women have gotten rid of itchiness and vaginal yeast infections simply by changing to cloth pads. Cloth pads are made of natural and breathable materials that are kind to your skin and your intimate parts.
Another aspect of health is your conscience. A better choice will make you feel better and feeling better will improve your health more than constantly feeling guilty knowing that you can do better. Sounds good right?

A menstruating person menstruates on average for 32 years and uses approximately 12,000-16,000 disposable pads and tampons in a lifetime.

Disposables are after only one single use thrown away and left to decompose. Many of these products unfortunate end up in nature as well. Also the process of making disposable products have a great impact on the environment which should also be taken into consideration when looking at the environmental impacts that disposable sanity products have on our planet.

The disposable product is made of different types of plastics and like that wasn’t enough, every single pad and tampon is wrapped up in a piece of plastic. That is a lot of plastics only being used once before thrown away. What a waste. To use something only once is simply not enough.

Looking back at the previous information regarding how many pads and tampons we use in a lifetime, it is simple math to convert this into hard cash.

During a lifetime we spend ridiculous amounts of money on something that we only use once and then throw away. Imagine if we did the same with plates and cutlery and only used disposables instead and after every meal, we simply threw the plates away in the trash. Sounds crazy right? Well, that is exactly what we are doing by using disposable tampons and pads.

By swapping our sanitary protection to reusable ones you will quite quickly get your money’s worth. By the end of the day, using cloth pads will save you a lot of money that you can spend on more exciting things, like travels, chocolates or perhaps saving up for a new car.

Even though changing to cloth pads will save you money in the long run, it can be quite a pricey investment getting started with cloth pads. Fortunately, though you don’t need to change all of your pads straight away. It can be wise to gradually stock up on cloth pads, like buying one new pack of pads every month.

In the beginning, you simply alternate your new cloth pads with your disposable ones and after a while, you have enough cloth pads to get you through the whole month. Another positive aspect of gradually stocking up on cloth pads is that you will get a better understanding of what sizes you need and how many pads that are ideal for you. Most of us have pads in many different sizes to fit the changing flow during your monthly cycle.

It’s hard to say exactly how many cloth pads you’ll need since it’s very individual how many pads one person might need. It all comes down to how heavy the flow, how long does the cycle last for and your personal preferences of how often you’d like to change your pad. It can also vary due to your washing routines. If you do a laundry mid-menstrual cycle you don’t need as many pads as you would if you’d only wash the pads once your cycle is over. Our average recommendation about how many cloth pads you need are 4 packs (12 pads) of our regular size pads, 2 packs (6 pads) of the night pads and 4 packs (12 pads) of our pantyliner pads. This is just a rough guideline since it by the end of the day comes down to you and your period.

The Pantyliner is perfect for those days when the flow is lighter, like towards the end of your cycle. This mini pad can also be used together with a menstrual cup for extra protection and for everyday use for daily discharge and for lighter urine leakage.
Length: 7.48 inches
Width: 6.29 inches

Regular / Day pad is perfect for those days with medium flow. If your flow is not too heavy it might also be enough during the night. Also suitable for urinary leakage.
Length: 9.84 inches
Width: 8.07 inches

Night pad fits perfect during the night when you need that extra support and protection. This pad is longer and supports you with a great cover. Can also be used at daytime during those heavier days. This pad can also be used post-partum.

Length: 12.99 inches
Width: 8.07 inches


CHOOSE PANTYLINER…
… when you need some extra protection with your menstrual cup or tampon
… when you’re flow is lighter, like towards the end of the cycle.

… for a daily protection for discharge.
… if sometimes you leak a little bit of urine while laughing, sneezing or during physical activities.

CHOOSE REGULAR PAD…
… if you normally use regular size in your disposable pads.
…if your flow is regular.
… if sometimes you leak a little bit of urine while laughing, sneezing or during physical activities.

CHOOSE NIGHT PAD…
… when your flow is heavy.
… during the night as a night pad for safe protection and great cover.
… during the heaviest days of your cycle.
… postpartum.
… if you tend to leak sideways or in the back or front with a smaller pad.


AFTER USE
A used cloth pad can be handled in different ways before being washed. Here are a few examples of how to take care of your cloth pads. Find a routine that works for you and your lifestyle. Some people prefer to rinse their pads in cold water straight after use before putting in a wet bag or a bucket in the bathroom until it’s time to do laundry.

Another way is to put them to soak in a bucket of cold water with a little bit of salt in it 24 hours before laundry. Make sure to rinse with cold water prior to this, otherwise, the excess blood in the pads may stain the entire bunch of pads mixed with the water in the bucket.

Stains can be worked on with a stain removal soap of choice. Put the pads in the washing machine and wash in 60 degrees. Some people prefer to use a washing bag for their pads. It is ok to wash pads along with the rest of your laundry. Avoid washing them with whites only though.

You don’t necessarily need to rinse or soak the pads before washing them, it also works fine to simply store the used pads in a wet bag until laundry and then throw them into the washing machine. Find a routine that works for you.


WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
Rinse or soak the pads in cold water after use or just let them dry as they are before washing. The pads are washed in 60° Celcius and you can use your regular detergent. Do not use fabric softener since that will ruin the absorption of the pad. Try adding some vinegar in the rinse water. Let the pads dry hang. If you hang them in the sun for a day it will effectively help fade stains.


WILL THERE BE STAINS?
One often thinks that the pads will be completely bloodstained, but normally there are surprisingly few stains. Some people are not very bothered about the occasional stain and if you’re using black pads you won’t see the stains at all. But if you’d prefer cloth pads stain free there are a few things you can do rid your pads of the staining.

Rinse your pads thoroughly directly after use in cold water to get rid of the excess blood. 24 hours before laundry put the pads to soak in a bucket of cold water and a little bit of salt. Persistent stains can also be worked on with a stain removal soap of choice. Wash the pads in hot and let them hang dry. If you leave them in the sun for a day it will help fade stains.

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