Not everyone is keen on the idea of using cloth pads instead of disposable pads out on the market. Why? Because people think it's travelling back in time and believe that cloth pads cannot be kept clean. One of the main questions are about how long it really lasts and how long it can stay fairly stain-free. So this post if for those of you out there having this question in your head. Keep reading to view the reveal of what 3-4 years old cloth pads actually look like.
The Full Set
This is the full set of cloth pads that Eisa currently uses for her periods. She mostly used only Medium & Overnight pads for the past 7 years and it was only within the last year that she started using Pantyliners as well. The Medium & Overnight pads are used for the entire period only, whereas the Pantyliners are used for everyday purposes as well.
Size by SizeOne of the most important factor for some people is staining, especially when the pad is beige. Eisa isn't so picky on staining, so she just follows her usual washing routine with the EM Soap and no additional stain removers or other detergents are used. From what you see in the photos below, you'll be surprised to find out that there's only some slight staining, which are natural wear of the pads over time. The amount of stain depends heavily on the diligence of your washing routine. Everything counts: from rinsing, scrubbing, soaking, and to drying the pads.
[Eisa's 1 year used Pantyliners]
[Eisa's 3-4 years used Medium Pads]
[Eisa's 3-4 years used Overnight Pads]
On a closer inspection, you can notice some lint occurring on the cotton top layer. This is very natural and normal happening as these pads have been rubbed together during hand washing process. If you wish, you can simply give a gentle swipe over with a razor to remove the lint. We don't recommend using lint removers as they may damage the cotton over multiple uses. The lint is not noticeable during wear since it's very minimal, and so the pads are as comfortable as they can be!
How Long Do These Pads Last?In general, hannahpads can be used up to 2-3 years depending on personal care and use. With very good care, they can be used even longer like how Eisa is still using her 3-4 years old hannahpads. As you see in the photos below, you will notice the care label of the pads wash out over time, which is also perfectly normal. These pads were initially purchased from Korea back in 2013 and 2014, which you can see on the care label.
Part of History
Among these pads, there are 2 pads that are previous generation hannahpads. They are from Eisa's very first purchase of hannahpads, which was 7 years ago! Can you find which ones they are?
If you've found it right, yes, they have metal buttons! hannahpad used to have metal buttons initially, which then was changed to high quality plastic buttons to minimize allergic reactions. And with another closer look, you will also notice the differences in the stitching as well. The perimeter ribbon has only 1 stitching compared to the double stitching on the pads for the next generation pads. And for the Overnight Pad, you can see that it has only 1 leak prevention stitching compared to the double leak prevention stitching lines. (See Overnight Pads inside photo above.) Like this, hannahpad always looks for ways to develop our pads for the better.
Oh, and some of these patterns are part of hannahpad history too! These 3 patterns are no longer available with hannahpads. Collecting different patterns is another fun part of using cloth pads. After all, you won't be collecting your used disposable pads, right?
What's In It For Eisa?
For the past 7 years, Eisa spent about $400 for her pads and that's it. That's only about $43 a year! Would you be able to get through the whole year on $43 worth of disposable pads? NO! And more importantly, think about the amount of waste that she's saved while using cloth pads. It may be a bit more work to use cloth pads, but the health benefits, the savings, and less environmental impact far outweighs the hassle.
So are you ready to test it out yourself yet?