Thinking the same too? These are just some of the few words that people say about using cloth pads. But is that all there really is? As a member of the hannahpad family myself, I think different.
I was already a long time hannahpad user before bringing it over to the US. It was my husband (back then boyfriend) who recommended hannahpad to me after researching about cloth pads. I used to always complain to him about the discomfort of using disposable pads and how much cramps I had. (And of course he was always the one to take on all my stress and temper every month.) So, after hearing about hannahpads from him, I gave some thought to it and decided to try it out. I don't really remember exactly what triggered me to make the switch. I think the decision maker was somewhere in between.. "badly wanting to stop skin irritations" and "wanting to try something healthier for myself".
For the past several years, my time spent during periods improved significantly compared to when I was using disposables. And you know what? My periods were actually more enjoyable! I had some fun picking out what pattern to use, my skin wasn't itchy and red anymore, and I was more aware of my cycle all together. Nevertheless, my number one issue in the beginning was how to wash them. It took me some time to find my best washing routine. I hand washed after every change, (and I still do,) so it was a bit of extra work compared to the disposable pads. And as a newbie to cloth pads, I didn't have any know-hows in hand washing them, so my hands would easily get chapped by the end of my period because I was rubbing too much. After a few months of experience, I started to get the hang of washing them clean without sacrificing my hands.
Many people ask, "isn't it unhygienic and unclean to wash your own bloody pads?" Short answer would be a simple "No." Think about it this way. When your period starts unexpectedly, and so an accident happens on your underwear, pants, or bed linen, would you throw them out each time you stain them? I sure hope not because that would be so much waste! As you would wash your underwear, pants, or bed linen, there’s always a way to remove stains and have them like new again. Cloth pads are essentially washed in the same way as you would a regular load with stains on them. The only thing we emphasized is the use of natural laundry detergents and soaps to keep fabrics soft. (It's better on your skin too.) And once you wash them, make sure to dry them completely before storing them away to prevent any damage to the pads.
We also offer an EM Probiotic soap that works well for cloth pad washes and can help eliminate odors while being gentle on the environment- it’s a WIN-WIN. (You can learn more about it here.)
1. Place used hannahpad under running cold water and rinse out discharge as much as possible.
2. Prepare bucket of cold water.
3. Apply hannahpad Probiotic Soap (or any other natural washing detergent) on soiled area of pad and gently rub until it lathers. Do not wash pad afterwards.
4. Fold pad in half and soak in the prepared bucket of cold water for min 6 hrs, and up to 48 hrs (2 days). Change water in between if soaked for longer than 12 hrs.
5. Hand wash soaked pad in running water. (Machine wash possible, but hand wash recommended.)
6. Hang dry (in the sun or indoors.)
So now, let me give you some new words about using cloth pads.
Zero Waste Period.
Easy to Wash.
... and the list goes on.
Healthy You, Happy Planet🌿
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