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?
Must wash and dry completely before first use.
1. Rinse under cold water to remove any discharge.
2. Lather using our probiotic soap or any natural laundry detergent.
3. You CanSoak in cold water for a minimum of 6 hours to overnight.
4. Hand wash or machine wash.
Focus lathering and washing on beige cotton side when hand washing. Do not rub or scrub.
5. Dry inside or outside, under the sun where possible.
DO NOT BLEACH
DO NOT DRY CLEAN
TUMBLE/MACHINE DRY NOT RECOMMENDED
DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER
Note: Cloth pads must be dried completely before storing away. Drying time is generally 24 -48 hours, longer during winter months.
Yes, we recommend a quick sterilisation on your cup in boiling water before first use. Simply place your cup in boiling water for 5 minutes to sterilise. Make sure the water is boiling before placing the cup into the water, this is to prevent it from touching the surface of the pot and burning. With tongs or a spoon, ensure the cup floats in the boiling water and does not touch the bottom of the pot.
*Do not use a microwave to sanitise your cup.
2. In general, how do I clean my cup?
Firstly, after removal, empty and wash your cup with cold water, to prevent any staining. Thoroughly wash your hannahcup with warm water, making sure to run water through the suction holes to make sure they are completely clean. Reinsert the cup for continued use. You can also use a mild unscented water based cleanser to wash your cup, however water will also do the trick!
EXTRA WASH TIP:
To clean the suction holes, hold cup in one hand and fill it with water. Cover the opening of the cup with palm of the other hand. Press cup repeatedly to force water through the suction holes to remove any discharge.
We recommend sterilising your cup before and after your cycle. Simply place your cup in boiling water for 5 minutes to sterilise. Make sure the water is boiling before placing the cup into the water, this is to prevent it from touching the surface of the pot and burning. With tongs or a spoon, ensure the cup floats in the boiling water and does not touch the bottom of the pot. Wipe or air dry the cup completely before popping it in your pouch and store away in a cool, dry place.
3. What kind of soap can I use to wash my cup?
Make sure you use a mild unscented water based cleanser. Do not use alcohol, strong detergents or soaps with essential oils to clean or disinfect your cup. It’s important to make sure no nasty chemicals come in contact with your vagina.
Currently we do not have our own menstrual cup wash but we'll be working hard on making that available soon. Stay tuned.
Hot boiling water is awesome for cup sterilisation.
4. Will my cup stain?
You may notice some light staining over years of use. This is completely normal, as long as you follow the suggested wash and sterilisation methods, your cup is clean and totally fine to reuse.
5. How to rinse and clean suction holes of the cup?
Follow the demonstration in the video below.
Always remember to rinse your cup thoroughly before reinserting. Also important to ensure suction holes aren't clogged up.