Cloth pads have been around for a long time although seem to be having a bit of a resurgence of late with women being more eco-conscious and more concerned with their health and wellbeing.  There is so much waste created from disposable menstrual products which not only impacts our planet, but also our wallet.

Using reusable products is not only easy, but once you get used to the idea, it is convenient and much more comfortable.

How many pads do I need?

You change your reusable pad as regularly as you would a disposable pad, every couple of hours or so depending on your flow.  Taking into consideration your cycle length, you may find that you need 15-20 pads to last a full cycle or less (10-12) if you want to wash every day or every couple of days during your cycle.  It's also a good idea to get a variety of pads; liners and smaller pads for the beginning and end of your cycle, heavy pads and overnight pads.

How do I wash them?

There are basically two methods for washing cloth menstrual pads.  The Soaking method and the Rinsing method, neither method is better than the other, it just comes down to personal preference.  It is suggested that whichever method you choose to use, you wash at least every 3 days to prevent stains.  Cloth pads tend to be made from fabrics that resist staining well or in colours that camoflage any remaining marks.  We recommend using laundry detergent specifically designed for cloth pads, such as Femme Rock by Rockin' Green.  A detergent that contains enzymes is recommened as the most effective at removing the proteins in the blood.  We also have a range of natural and effective topical treatments available to treat stains or marks on your cloth pads. 

Soaking Method 

  • Identify a container for using to soak your pads, an old icecream container works well
  • Place the used pad in the container and fill with cold water
  • Continue to place new soiled pads in the container as your cycle continues replacing the cold water each time
  • On washing day, empty the container and place the pads in the wash with your other clothes or cloth nappies  
  • Depending on your pad and your personal preference, either hang to dry or use the dryer

Rinsing Method

  • After each use, rinse the pad in cold water and store in a container, wet bag or in a dry pail with cloth nappies.
  • At the end of your cycle, put all the rinsed pads into the wash with your other clothes or cloth nappies
  • Depending on your pad and your personal preference, hang out to dry or use the dryer.

Please note:  Pads containing PUL can only be dried in the dryer on low.

Please remember to follow the specific washing recommendations made by the manufacturers in the first instance.

What if I need to go out?

We stock a gorgeous range of wet/dry bags made especially for mama cloth.  They have both a dry compartment, for carrying clean pads, and a wet compartment for carrying soiled pads.  The pads can be wrapped up and secured with the snap and then placed in the wetbag until you get home.  The bags are convenient and discrete.



During your cycle, when you have emptied the cup into the toilet, either wipe out with toilet paper, a Lunette disinfecting wipe or rinse with cold water and reinsert.  Be careful not to use soaps as these can irritate the vagina.  Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone and do not harbour bacteria.

To avoid odour and discolouration, rinsing with cold water is recommened.  

At the end of your cycle we suggest a thorough clean a mild, unscented soap and hot water.  You can also boil your cup for 5mins to sterilise - just make sure it stays at the top of the pot as it might melt if it sinks to the bottom.

If your cup starts to look discoloured leave the cup sitting in the sun while it dries from cleaning.  Easy!

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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to Contact us


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