Cloth Sanitary Pads

Periods; universal. Incontinency; universal. Post-partum bleeding; universal.
Environmental impact from disposable hygiene products; Universal.
But when it comes to cloth pads, you’ll likely fall in love.
You’ll love the change, appreciate the reconnection, feel empowered by the conscious hands-on approach cloth usage involves.
Cloth reignites spirit; breathes personality back in to a process that’s become pretty sterile in modern society. Slowing down the haste, to cherish the now.

The average woman will spend approximately $120 per year on disposable sanitary items, which over the lifetime of their menstrual cycle alone, (approximately 35 -40 years) can equate to an average of $3500-$5000.  

In Australia 800 million disposable pads and tampons are sold annually, with 75% of the market for pads. The statistics are alarming, and so our goal has been to continue to offer the ultimate alternatives to everyday needs, aiding where we can, families in their journey to a more mindful lifestyle.

So when considering the number of disposable feminine products needing to be purchased over this time, the costs are significant.

Our Cloth Pads can last anywhere from 5-10 years depending on use and care. Purchasing a set will cost more to begin with, however you will save thousands over the course of your life.

How we care for our bodies and our cycle, are more important than we may think. And the attributing impacts of our feminine hygiene products on the environment, to our health and the impact on our bank accounts is more significant than one may realise.

Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It is extremely permeable, especially around and inside the vagina. Most products touching the skin will be absorbed within the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body, and as the average woman uses tens of thousands of tampons and pads in her lifetime, the exposure to dangers in disposable feminine products is all too common.

Tampons and Pads are considered “medical devices” and hence the ingredients and methods of manufacture are not monitored for internal health and wellbeing. Disposable hygiene products consist of dioxins, synthetic fibres, petrochemical additives and various plastic components and webbing. Plasticising chemicals such as BPA and BPS are used, as well as phthalates, odour neutralisers and fragrances. All of these are potentially hazardous, and research has linked these chemicals to various cancers, heart disease, organ failure, embryonic development disruption and irregular gene expression. Chlorine and other harsh chemicals are used to bleach the fibres, and can create toxic dioxin that is deemed unsafe at any level of exposure.

These materials create a humid environment, and reduce breathability and can alter the vagina’s pH balance by introducing foreign bacteria and absorbing the healthy bacteria.

Our Cloth Pads consist of a water-resistant anti-leak base layer of PUL with wings designed to snap fasten around the base of underwear for security. 

The inner absorbent layers are made with varying numbers of thirsty layers of cotton, and then are topped with 100% Organic Cotton fleece- GOTS certified.

Our range has been designed to suit all needs and manage various levels of absorbency, including Light, Medium, Heavy and Ultra Heavy Flows.

Light Flow Pad (2x Layers of Absorbency) is designed short like a panty-liner, and is super lightweight and suitable for light leaks and daily wear and light post-partum incontinence. Length 20cm.

Medium Flow Pad (2x Layers of Absorbency) is suitable for Medium flow and daily use, being longer than panty-liner in length. Length 26cm.

Heavy Flow Pad (3x Layers of Absorbency) is suitable for daily use with heavy periods. Length 29cm.

Ultra Heavy Flow Pad (3x Layers of Absorbency) are specifically shaped to accommodate for overnight and super heavy bleeding and post-partum bleeding. Length 33cm.

Our cloth pads are suitable for the following uses:

- Menstrual

- Incontinence

- Post Partum/Maternity

- Perspiration 

Our four sizes are designed to cater to a variety of needs, shapes, sizes and absorbency.

Prewashing your pads is only for hygiene reasons due to the handling of the nappies through the production cycle and warehouse handling.

They can be added to your prewash of insert cycle. 40 degrees.

Nurture your body through this phase with our organic cotton pads; soft against your body, easy to wash, budget and environmentally friendly.
Paired with snug high-waisted briefs, these create the ultimate post-birth outfit. Motherhood and birthing in all its glory!
This natural process after the delivery of our little ones, can result in bleeding up to 4-6 weeks.
Our pads are offered in varied flow types, of which feature different lengths, widths and shapes.
Our post-Partum pads (Ultra) feature a wide base that offers extra coverage should you be sitting up nursing or want further protection when sleeping.
Washing your pads is as simple as following your cloth nappy washing routine.
Otherwise, you may wish to rinse your pads first under cold water and lather with Tuff Stuff until water runs clear- before popping through the machine. (Bars also available on the website).

How many do we recommend?
15-20 pads of mixed sizes is great for your usual cycle if washing every 2-3 days. However, for post-birth, you may wish to have a full stash in the Ultra heavy alone (as a minimum) to cover your post partum needs.
If birthing in winter, you will want to cater to potentially slower drying tones too!
Your pads will last you through numerous years and numerous children! Cloth pads is a long-term investment, use them ongoing when your cycle returns!

Our MEDIUM water-resistant Wetbags are the best size for the larger Heavy/Ultra pads if going out and about. They’re double lined, making them extra sturdy and a versatile size!

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Hand-rinse and dry-pail
end of each day:
Rinse under tap until water runs clear. For deep markings, use ‘Tuff Stuff’ to gently agitate stains before they set. (Remove net from bar for gentler agitation). Squeeze water out, place in

the dry-pail* with air ow, until machine wash day.

2. Main Cycle Every 2-3 days:

2-3 Hour (Cottons/Heavy
Duty). Max 40-60 degrees.
Use recommended dosage
of detergent for your load
size. Double dosage for recommended eco-detergents. Cloth Pads can be added to your general laundry and cloth nappy cycle.

3. Drying: Line dry recommended with organic cotton lining facing sunshine. Tumble-dry or portable clothes airer suitable on low settings. Ensure pads are completely dry before storing away.

RECOMMENDED NATURAL DETERGENTS:

(Double dose) Kin Kin Naturals, Ecostore Laundry Powder

COMMERCIAL ALTERNATIVES:

Omo Ultimate Powder, Biozet Attack, Radiant Laundry Liquid

WASHING TIPS:

Recommended pre-wash with general laundry cycle to remove production and handling residue before use.

*Dry-Pail: Open lid storage container such as a bucket or plastic laundry bucket with holes all around the sides for maximum air ow.

For ideal agitation, ensure machine is loosely loaded to full, so that it equates to being 2/3 full once wet. Smaller regular household laundry items (excluding towels) are needed to help bulk the load. To avoid potential colour run, choose light coloured laundry.

Industry standards recommend avoiding highly perfumed or acidic detergents containing citrus or phosphates.

Do not use any detergents containing fabric softeners, optical brighteners or chlorine bleach as these can break down natural fibers or can leave residue on the pad and reduce absorption. Using these products will void your warranty.

RECOMMENDED STAIN REMOVER:

Tuff Stuff Stain Remover Bar (Natural/Vegan. Available on our website under Eco Clean).

Sard Wonder Laundry Soap Bar.
Sunlight Laundry Soap (Available most supermarkets).

Our reliable and discreet wet-bags come in a trio of sizes, catering to all your needs when out and about or even travelling. They are designed with soiled and potentially damp apparel in mind, with their luxuriously smooth water-resistant inner lining. 

When they have been worn, simply origami fold your soiled pads and place back in your water-resistant pouch until home. 

Once home, empty contents of your wet bag in to your dry pail or laundry hamper until machine washing day. 

Otherwise you may choose to hand-rinse in cold water, agitate any markings with our Tuff Stuff stain removal bars (insert link) and then strain and add to your dry pail for machine way day.

Our organic cotton inner lining may linger in markings over repeated use and this is not uncommon and indeed normal. You can rest assured they will be sufficiently cleaned if following our washing routine.

 Marks that can cause concern are potential mould spots which will appear as small spots in dark green/dark grey/black. This will be due to insufficient washing routine or when pads were not sufficiently dried before storing away in between uses. 

We recommend using trying our Tuff Stuff bars for optimum stain removal.

 

RECOMMENDED STAIN REMOVER:

Tuff Stuff Stain Remover Bar (Natural/Vegan. Available on our website under Eco Clean).

Sard Wonder Laundry Soap Bar.
Sunlight Laundry Soap (Available most supermarkets).

Please ensure your pads are completely dried before storing away in between cycles. You may like to store in a wetbag or drawer. 

If you pack away your pads before they are completely dried, you will be more prone to mould growth, however this is common.

We do not recommend our pads to be tumble dried as line drying is best. If you are in a cold climate and require help with your drying, you can dry them on delicate-low tumble for a short cycle.

Cloth pads don’t have the addition of the usual crunch, noisy chemical laden plastic residue on the rear to attach to your underwear. Instead they feature two snaps which allow the wings to attach neatly around the base of your undies.

However the water-resistant backing is silky smooth by nature, so you may need to adjust the snap width to suit. We offer 2 width options on the pads.

When it comes to cloth pads, you will want to go super snug in your choice of underwear! Opt for something with a bit of spandex/elastin to ensure your pads stay flush where you need them, without any potential to sag or stretch loose during the day.

High-waisted or full briefs will support your cloth pads best, however you can also wear pads with G-string or more slim styles. You will just want to ensure you have them in place and paired with snug outers like jeans or tights, they will stay suitably positioned.

Our pads feature organic cotton as the optimum fabric that sits against your body, as well as the thirsty inner layers. This is both from a health and fabric sustainability aspect, and although light in colour, also has the important benefit of allowing women to track the health of their cycles.

We offer the variance of 2 layers in our Light and Medium pads and 3 layers in our Heavy and Ultra Heavy pads. Organic cotton is very thirsty and will match, if not outperform disposable pads in many instances.

Cloth pads are very absorbent and are designed to contain effectively outflow. We do recommend changing to suit your needs to reduce the chance of leaks, recommended changing time between 2-4 hours. 

The organic cotton is carried over to the wings for optimum protection. 

Please avoid fabric softener on your pads, as this can create a build-up in the fabric and reduce absorbency. 

If you are finding your pad is not effectively containing your flow, you will need to consider upgrading to one of our larger pad options.

We recommend changing your pad as you would a disposable pad. Our recommendation is between every 2-4 hours during the day. You should be able to last overnight with one pad. To last the night, we recommend sizing up to a larger more absorbent pad.

Our pads will absorb any flow and moisture, and up to the point of maximising the pads capacity, you should not experience any issues with odour. 

Following our recommended washing routine will effectively clean and sanitise your pads after use.

Considering our recommended changing time of every 2-4 hours during the day and 1 for overnight use, we believe 20 pads is a healthy starting point. 

We do recommend purchasing a variety of sizes to cover your needs, a 5-pack in mixed sizes allows you to cater the pad to your flow on varied days. 

For example, on heavier days at the start you may wish to have heavier flow pads, with lighter flow pads ready for your last cycle days. 

We do recommend sizing up for nights. Eg for those who normally experience a light flow, purchasing Medium or Heavy pads for nights will be suitable.

If using pads at night, having at least 1 pad per night is a minimum. You may also like to have extra pads for when around the home/afternoon or mornings of the days when home.

To cater to your needs, you may find it best to have at least 10 pads in your stash. You may wish to have a mixed stash of sizes, to cater to your varied flow over the few days of your cycle.

We offer Heavy and Ultra-Heavy pads as the ultimate post partum option, which are very absorbent and nurturing for the body. They are comfortable and softer, which are optimal after a vaginal delivery in particular. 

As a post-partum flow can be extremely heavy, we find the larger pads most suitable, they also feature 3 layers of organic cotton. 

We recommend changing your pads every 2-4 hours, however given that parents will be changing and washing baby nappies every few days, having a large enough stash to cover your needs until wash day is important. 

We find packs of 20 pads to be ideal as a starting point. Remembering, these can be packed away between babies and also used once your cycle returns.

Ours pads can be expected to last approximately from 3-5 years depending on rotation, usage frequency, washing and drying routines- all of which can impact the wear and tear on a pad. 

Once the pad has reached end-of-life, you can remove the top layers of organic cotton and add these to your compost, whilst the polyester backing will need to be disposed with regular household rubbish.

Breast Pads

Using reusable breast pads, can potentially save upwards of 1000 disposables pads used per child, based on the average mother requiring 8 changes a day for 3 months!

Our reusable breast-pads are an essential accessory for any mama and given their organic cotton lining, they are wonderfully soft.

We recommend changing your breast pads every 2-6 hours, and they can be washed alongside your general household laundry or with your cloth nappies every 2-3 days. 

We find 3-9 pairs is an ideal starting point.

Simply place a pad in your bra against the nipple, to absorb fluids.

For cracked/sore nipples, apply nipple balm/oil first and then apply pad- this helps to avoid the pads sticking to torn nipples.

Due to the waterproof backing you can rest assured that fluids won't leak through to your clothing.

When the pad is heavy with fluid, place used pad in dry pail, ready for your next laundry load and use another pad. We recommend washing daily-second day.

Our Breast pads are completely reusable, washable, and eco-friendly. Designed to be used multiple times and washed with general laundry in the wash-bag provided or can be washed alongside your cloth nappies.

We recommend washing 40-60 degrees alongside your nappies. Tumble suitable on low or delicate, but line drying in direct sunlight with the organic cotton facing upwards is best. 

We recommend stretching the pads when wet to ensure they dry to shape, as organic cotton can shrink when wet.

Tumble suitable on low or delicate, but line drying in direct sunlight with the organic cotton facing upwards is best. 

We recommend stretching the pads when wet to ensure they dry to shape, as organic cotton can shrink when wet.

When new, pads will be fluffier.  Where nipples may experience cracking, the pads may stick slightly. So in these cases, apply oil/nipple balm before placing your pad over top.