10 Most Commonly Asked Questions about hannahpad and Cloth Pad Use
We answer 10 of our most commonly asked questions about reusable cloth pads, specifically hannahpads!
1. What is a reusable or cloth pad?
Reusable pads also known as cloth pads is a pad option to help manage period flow, vaginal discharge, postpartum bleeding and light incontinence. As the name suggests, you can use and reuse after washing and drying the pad like you would undergarments and clothing.
The reusable aspect may be hard to get your head around at first but is a mind set change that can be conquered by trying just the one tester pad from us. You really have to be willing to try to know whether it’s a reusable option that could really work out for you (and not against you like disposables).
2. Why are they so expensive?
Two words: Top quality. The prices of our cloth pad range reflects the commitment we have to providing only the best certified organic cloth pads. Organic cotton farming is done on a much smaller scale in comparison to conventional farming and ensures the organically grown cotton is untainted with pesticides, herbicides, and other nasty toxins. The organic certification (OCS100) is your only guarantee that what you’re using against your skin is natural and safe. What’s more expensive is buying disposables repeatedly at a cost to your overall wellbeing, health and future of planet Earth.
Our pads are made from certified organic cotton. Only the most natural will touch your skin.
3. What’s the difference between disposables and reusables?
Besides the obvious, the major difference lies in the natural softness and comfort level. We all know that crunchy and rustling sound from disposables isn’t pleasant to the ears let alone against the skin. Wearing a hannahpad feels like you're sitting against normal cotton underwear. That’s a much nicer feeling compared to plastic, no? Organic cotton makes all the difference in your pants and matters when you're trying to live consciously through the products you choose to bring into your life. Furthermore, you won't have to deal with sticky adhesive bits that ruin your underwear and other unnecessary packaging.
4. How do you carry them?
Carry all your clean cloth pads you’ll need for several changes throughout the day in a pouch or wet bag. Pop the pouch/wet bag into whatever bag you choose to use that day. Just like carrying a wallet, pencil case or make up bag, simply take your hannahpads with you like you would your bag essentials everywhere you go.
5. Do used pads smell sitting in the wet bag?
Used cloth pads folded up and kept inside a wet bag has minimal to no smell. Surprised? Our use of certified organic cotton means hannahpads are made without any nasty chemicals and therefore will not react to produce strange odours when in contact with menstrual blood. That’s right, your menstrual blood doesn’t have a foul odour. The mixture of toxic chemicals in conventional pads, menstrual flow, and sweat from sitting against it for several hours begins to promote bacterial growth. This is then exposed to oxygen and develops an odd smell.
Many customers have noticed how a simple switch to organic cloth pads helps eliminate that very common odour we're all so used to from throwaway pads.
6. How long do they last?
We say that hannahpads last up to 3 years of reuse but with personal care they can last longer. Some customers have used their same set of hannahpads for over 5 years. What a commitment to the cloth switch and just think of the long term savings. Incredible!
7. How often should I change my cloth pad?
Above all else, make sure you change your pad as frequently as you need to. This is because everyone's cycle differs in amount and length of flow. How do you know it’s time to change? Definitely when it begins to feel damp against your skin meaning the cotton fibres cannot absorb anymore. It is recommended that you change every 3-4 hours whether it be a disposable or cloth pad. On those heavy flow days you may need to change more frequently and a little less on lighter days (changing time is dependent on your flow on a particular day/night). Be aware of your flow and don't get lazy about changing regularly.
8. Are reusable pads gross?
What's really gross is for single-use disposable pads be tossed away and end up in landfills and waterways. 45,000 tonnes of disposable menstrual waste is produced per year and that’s a terrible burden on planet Earth. By switching to cloth pads so much plastics and money can be saved.
There is nothing disgusting about menstrual blood because it signifies that your body is able to create life and can regulate itself through a very natural internal cycle. It's beautiful and not gross at all. Over 35,000 people have made their switch with hannahpad and you can too!
9. Are they easy to wash and do they stain?
Here's our washing guide with washing demos: Click here
Short answer: Yes, the natural beige organic top sheet may stain with repeated use over months and years. The best way to treat stains is to get into a good routine of rinsing and soaking in stain remover overnight to lift tough stains (from darker discharge) before washing and drying thoroughly.
For cleaning products we recommend to wash and stain treat your hannahpads: Click here.
10. Where can you purchase hannahpads?
We started the business in 2015, beginning with only online purchases through our official website. Slowly and surely we're now stocked in over 150 retail health, organic and pharmacy stores across Australia. Find the full list of stockists here.
You can still purchase directly from our website and other online retailers that have jumped on the hannahpad bandwagon.