Tips & Tricks: How to Successfully Use Cloth Pads
Let’s be real. There is no one perfect product in the world that can cater to everyone’s requirement.
The same thing goes for cloth pads. But here at The Brand hannah we will certainly try to offer a range that is suitable for most people. We like to encourage people to get in touch with their body and work towards being healthier and eco-friendlier with this one simple cloth pad switch.
This journey takes a bit of getting use to but with a regular monthly routine you’ll soon be in control of your flow with only reusables.
Here’s how to succeed using hannahPADs:
LINER/ PAD MOVEMENT
Underwear. Some people love them and have pairs for different occasions and some just don’t care to wear them. You do you 🙂
But here’s the thing, when my period looms, I know I’ll only be reaching for knickers that I have already deemed for period use ONLY.
hannahPAD should sit nicely and firmly on any cotton underwear you already have in your drawer. The cloth pad works best on thicker cotton underwear with a tight waist band in styles such as:
These styles ensure that the cloth pad sits close and snuggly against your body when worn.
Don’t ruin your nice knickers that are lacy, delicate and thin. Movement is highly likely with satin or silk undies so save them for special occasions and focus on staying comfortable during the T.O.M.
Another tip: before you pull your underwear up, position your pad the way you want (further in front or in the back) that’s comfortable for you. Tug and pull the pad till it’s in the preferred position. That's the good thing about cloth pads is that they don't have any sticky bits so you're able to position it just right.
Here are some possible factors that may cause leaking to occur when using a hannahPAD:
The type of underwear worn is not cotton or cotton blend material or in the right style (refer to suggestions above).
We all have our own bleeding pattern (front, center or back bleeders) dependent on the activities you're doing throughout the day. Therefore, the positioning of the cloth pad is important. i.e. I prefer to sleep on my stomach and often bleed towards the front of my pad. As a front bleeder, I position my cloth pads more towards the front come bed time (refer to positioning tip above). Did you know that you can turn your larger pads around (back facing the front) to catch blood flowing at the front? WOW!
Discharge that is thick and clotty could be a sign of increased oestrogen levels. And because hannahPAD is made of certified organic cotton it may not absorb thick discharge quick enough compared to disposable pads with quick absorbing and drying agents. If you experience clotty periods, remember to change your cloth pad more often to avoid leaking. We recommend changing your pad every 3-4 hours or more often as necessary.
Often, we over and underestimate the amount of bleeding that leaves our body- remember everyone is different. Finding the appropriate size and absorbency level that works with your full cycle is key to prevent leaking. You can refer to our sizing chart on each pad product page and FAQ.
Keep the above in mind and improve the situation with the suggestions throughout this blog. Do not give up on the cloth pad life because it's truly life-changing!
We believe in setting women up for success on their switch to reusable pads. We understand that washing cloth pads may seem a hassle but we promise it really isn’t that bad once you get into a routine that works for you.
Team member Winnie goes through her routine. Click HERE to view. Tap through till you see her in her Sailor Moon pajamas.
You may browse our Cleaning range to find all recommended natural laundry products that have been tried and tested personally by us, the ladies here at the hannah HQ. You’ll find products for both cleaning and stain removing. With time, you’ll notice that greener cleaning products are not only gentle but very effective with natural active ingredients minus all the nasties and fillers that can be harmful on the body and the Earth.
No lies, there is a learning curve switching to reusable cloth pads that we all initially go through. But once you’ve mastered the tricks, the benefits far outweigh any doubts you had in the beginning of your journey.