The short answer: it depends. How long is your cycle? How heavy is your flow? How often do you plan to wash your pads? These are all questions you can consider when thinking about how many cloth pads you’ll need. In general, six to seven pads of small , medium and large size are sufficient for most women. You can always start with just a few and add to your collection as you learn more about what works best for you!
While there are endless styles of cloth pads on the market, they can be broken down into three main groups: small size, medium size and large size. Remember, you’ll probably want a variety of styles for different days of your cycle! Choose small size if…
When you remove your pad, you can put it in a waterproof bag in your purse or backpack until it’s time to wash. Then follow the washing instructions below.
There are two main washing techniques: the dry method or the soaking method.
You may choose to keep a small zippered wet bag next to the toilet for used pads. At the end of your cycle, fill a tub or container with cold water and let the pads soak for about 30 minutes. Adding salt or regular detergent cleaner helps reduce staining. Drain the water and toss the now wet pads into the washing machine with the rest of the load. You can also just put your used pads directly in the washing machine if you want to skip the tub soak.
Some women prefer to use the soaking method, and keep a small container in the bathroom in which to soak their pads before washing. If you do this, adding a salt or regular detergent and changing the water for every pad.
Whatever you choose, make sure to use a mild detergent free from harsh chemicals, fabric softener, or bleach, as these will reduce the lifespan of your pads. Click here to find more washing instructions.
Youʼll want to store your cloth pad collection somewhere free of moisture, and only put them away when they are fully dry. Dry in sunlight if possible. You might find, as many women do, that the monthly ritual of caring for your pads gives you feelings of satisfaction — because taking good care of your body feels good!
Take your pick: there are environmental, health, and financial reasons to choose reusable pads or menstrual cups. An average woman throws away 250-300 kgs of used menstrual products in her lifetime. Unless you buy organic cotton pads and tampons, they can contain pesticides, petrochemical products, and/or irritating synthetic chemicals. Tampons can cause toxic shock syndrome. And finally, there’s the cost factor
They can, but it takes some doing. Some EcoRia cloth pads lined with waterproof fabric. Keep check on your pad.
Yep. A little. Most cloth pads have terry cloth or flannel cores for absorbency, and they can be a little thicker than ultra thin disposables. But they don’t crinkle when you move and they don’t feel as hot or sticky as disposables.
Most cloth pads have snaps, so you can fold them up into tidy little rectangles (back side facing out!) and stick them in your purse until you get home. They might stain a little if you can’t get them in water for hours, but soap and hydrogen peroxide really do work wonders.
Years!! Every cloth pad can last for about a year, and they’ve held up beautifully through multiple washings, wringings, and even a dryer cycle.
EcoRia cloth pads are made with soft 100% cotton flannel on the outside and absorbent cotton terrycloth on the inside. Our color pads are made with conventional cotton fabrics.
In the long run, reusable menstrual products actually cost much less! When compared
to the amount of money spent on disposables, it only takes a few years to make up
the cost of your EcoRia pads. Think of this: it would be tremendously expensive
(not to mention wasteful!) to continuously re-stock our kitchens with disposable
paper plates, so we buy plates that we can use indefinitely. We make an initial
investment into something reusable that will last a long time. It's the same idea
If you're on a limited budget, it's great to start by supplementing your current products with EcoRia and increasing your collection of reusable’s over time as your budget allows.
This is a lovely initiative to give back to the planet. Ria all the best to you and I know EcoRia brand is going worldwide. Lots of power, love and light to you.Chandrika Narula
I have two daughters and I have been discussing this with my oldest. We could save a ton of money . I am going to try it and see how we do. We have tried its too good.Neha Mahajan
I don’t fear my periods anymore. Cloth pads are good for you…notice if your flow lightens after a few cycles of using them. Mine did, also my general aching subsided that usually accompanied my monthly period. I feel great after using cloth pads.Rachana Sharma
Hi I just made the switch to EcoRia re-usable pads! I love it! I've been trying to convert my friends and one of them is interested. I hope I can get as many people as possible to use this product. Not only does it cut down on your bills every year. If you're reading this, I highly recommend that you make the switch like I did.Sikha Dutt
EcoRia have literally changed my life. I no longer have to worry if I am going to have enough pads to last the day.I no longer have to ask my husband to go to the medical store for me. I no longer have to wear hot, wet, yucky pads. I don't have to deal with chafing, leaking, or adhesives sticking to me!Sheetal Patel
I've always been interested in using cloth pads but I never actually did until just recently. I got a sample and tried it out and came back and bought enough for a whole period. Once you get to used to washing and wearing it becomes really easy. I won't go back to disposables and I'm telling all my closest friends to give it a try.Nancy Das