2 day pads packed inside a waterproof bag
- Skin contact fabric: organic cotton plain
- 4 absorbing cotton layers
- Waterproof layer: TPU with high air permeability (so, breathing but waterproof)
- Back: floral print cotton
- Size: 18cm x 25cm
- GOTS certificate information:
- Licencing code: GOTS-CUC_03
- Reference number: 1001400/00007043
- Body issuing the certificate: Control Union Certifications B.V.
Reusable vs. disposable pads
Reusable period pads will be a bit more bulky than single-use period pads because they consists of several absorbent layers of fabric. In our experience, although it may feel bulky at first, you quickly get used to it. The cotton fabric is comfortable against your skin and breathable. If your skin gets irritated from traditional disposable period pads then we recommend cotton period pads.
What is the least noticeable to wear?
The products which you feel the least will be a period cup, period underwear and our extra thin reusable pantyliner. Once you have gotten used to a period cup and found the right size for you, most people barely feel it. Period underwear is, of course, just underwear with extra layers, so it does not feel too different from wearing regular underwear. Finally, our reusable pantyliner is extra thin, a lot thinner than other reusable pantyliners we have tried in fact, so, once you get used to it, you barely notice it. Especially if you are a person who loves wearing 100% cotton underwear, we recommend this pantyliner, possibly in combination with the cup.
On light colours, blood will leave stains when washed in hot water. If you don’t care about staining then feel free to wash period pads with your regular load. If you are looking for a darker colour, we have the dark grey fleece pads. The period cup is also very easy to maintain: rinse it with cold water any time you take it out and after your period, boil it for 10 minutes. The cold water rinse will prevent staining.
For very heavy flow days we recommend:
- The Lunette cup model 2 (but if you are a starter, we recommend first trying the smaller model 1)
And in terms of period pads:
The largest, most absorbent reusable period pads are the Night Fleece pads. Fleece is a little more absorbent than cotton. However, be aware that the fleece pads tends to be warmer to wear than cotton pads due to the fleece material and due to the thick waterproof layer on the outside, rather than a more breathable waterproof layer inside the cotton pads.
The logistics: use, washing, drying
Unlike disposable pads, you will be washing and drying these reusable cloth pads between uses. Keep this in mind so that you don’t run into any surprises, such as a situation where all your period pads are sitting in your laundry basket when you need one. 😉 How many reusable pads you need will depend on your cycle.
Double sided fashion tape
Some people experience cloth pads moving around. This may depend on a lot of factors, not everyone does. If you notice this is an issue for you, there’s a simple solution: double sided fashion tape. You can buy it at any drugstore and it is inexpensive. Usually this tape is used to tape an item of clothing onto your skin and it also works fine to tape your cloth pad against your underwear.
- Washing machine friendly
- Do not tumble dry
- To prevent staining you can soap the period pads in cold water. This is not needed if you don’t mind stains. It is up to you. The reason why you should use cold water to prevent staining is: a blood stain is an organic stain, which means it’s full of proteins. Proteins bind together when heated, making them set fast into fabric.
Washing options to prevent staining
It depends on you whether you want to prevent staining, or, you don’t care and want to avoid additional work.
To prevent staining, you can consider the following options:
A. Add baking soda to your wash: it acts as a natural stain remover.
B. Soak in cold water with a stain remover
C. Hand wash
- Rinse with cold water as soon as possible
- Wash out the blood, use some fragrance-free soap if needed
- Remember: hot water ‘fixes’ blood, cold water does not; this same principle also applies to rinsing the period cup
- Add hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for a minute
- Rinse with cold water
- Wash with your usual load
Thank you for supporting women and girls to continue their lives during their period in dignity. With this purchase you sponsor two reusable period pads for women, made by women. The charity Mayamiko Trust makes reusable period pads using a combination of organic cotton and left over fabrics from their Malawi-based clothing workshop.
Mayamiko Trust partners with experienced organisations to deliver the pads and organise feminine hygiene talks both in Malawi and in refugee centers around the world.