FAQ - Pads
hannahPAD is an AIO (all in one) style cloth pad meaning that there are no removable inserts. Instead, the internal cotton sheets are sewn to the core of the cloth pad. This makes hannahpads easier to wear, change and wash.
Our collection of cloth liners and pads are suitable for period, maternity/ postpartum, and bladder leakage management.
Please click HERE to find further instructions.
Did you know that disposables are changed more often throughout the day because of their lower absorbency, odour, and uncomfortable, stuffy feeling.
With hannahPAD you will find that you won’t have to change as often as it provides secure protection against leaking, increased comfort, and higher absorbency.
We strongly suggest referring to the size chart provided below to figure out what size(s) and quantities you may need for your requirement (period, maternity, or LBL).
We also advise trying a tester in a size you’re used to. You may find our sizing chart below and under each product description. Compare to get the closest to what you’re familiar with in supermarket disposables.
Take our MAKE THE SWITCH QUIZ to find out which pad sizes are suitable for you.
As the pads are sewn by professional seamstresses (and not on machines), there may be a very slight difference in the final product when compared to the sizing chart. Please note that the slight difference in size does not affect the functionality and comfort of the product when worn.
The amount of pads needed to get through one cycle can differ from person to person.
Factors to consider are the length of your cycle, your lifestyle, the number of heavy and light days and your washing routine.
If you've never used cloth pads before, the very first step is to purchase ONE tester pad (shipping is on us for one tester purchase). This way you can experience the wear and wash required when using cloth pads. From there you can make additional purchases once you’ve determined what works for you after 1-2 cycles of use. You may need to add more to your collection in sizes/absorbency on top of your first starter pack purchase.
Over time you'll be equipped with the appropriate amount of pads in the sizes that’s suitable to your requirements.
If you need extra assistance or advice, you may email us at email@example.com about your personal requirements and we’d be glad to assist. Additionally you can check out our blog post ‘A guide to figure out how many cloth pads you’ll need’.
OCS100 is certified to only those final products that contain 95-100% of organic material. The aim of OCS (Organic Content Standard) is to provide transparency, consistency and guarantee traceability whilst retaining the integrity of the organically grown material.
Close monitoring and verification of contents of the organically grown material throughout all stages of production ensures the product indeed contains organic material. In the textiles industry, the raw materials must come from controlled organic cultivation.
The Control Union is a renowned certification body that conducts mandatory checks on the use of the biologically grown cotton at all stages of processing and manufacturing.
Note: There will be slight shrinkage on the natural cotton fibre with repeated use and wash.
Certified organic cotton used to make hannahPADs are sourced mainly from India supporting small independent farms and their organic farming practices.
The untreated material is then turned into yarn and cotton sheets for the productions of the pads in Vietnam. hannahPAD works with suppliers providing organic cotton that are GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard). GOTS certified facilities must meet the high quality environmental and social compulsory criteria set out by the global founding organisations. These criteria includes: safe and hygienic working conditions, no child labour, fair living wages, no excessive working hours, regular employment provided, prohibited inhumane treatment and no practice of discrimination.
The manufacturing factory in South Korea & Vietnam works only under fair and ethical conditions.
The tiny black specks you may find on the top cotton layer of the pad are simply cotton seeds.
As the pads are made from organic cotton, very minimal chemicals and processing were used in the production of the organic cotton fabric. Keep in mind that different organic cotton harvesting periods will produce different looking material (no one batch is the same- this is the beauty of nature). Some will have more or less visible cotton seeds and may also be more visible upon washing.
The tiny black specks are nothing to worry about as it won't affect the soft feel of the cotton against your skin. It's a good sign that we've kept our organic cotton sheets as natural as possible so it causes no irritation on even the most sensitive skin.
Yes, it is advised that your cloth pads are treated like newly bought undergarment. Please do a simple cold-water wash either by hand or in a machine with natural laundry products. Hang to completely dry and store away ready for your first use.
We have added an extra grip feature to our smaller sized pads (Thong Liner, Pantyliner, Long Liner, Small & Medium) to keep the pad securely in place when worn. Along with the button fasteners, your pad will stay in position and sit nicely against the skin so you can go about your day worry-free. This great idea came from grips on baby socks!
Washable cloth pads are not limited to just home use like most people think.
If you want to completely switch to cloth pads and only rely on your collection of hannahPADs without going back to disposables, then using them as part of your everyday lifestyle is necessary.
In the morning, pack your wet bag filled with fresh cloth pads (you'll already be wearing one). As you go through the day, you'll need to change your cloth pad every 3-4hours (less/more frequently depending on your flow).
Take off the used cloth pad, fold it and pop into the wet bag. Grab a clean cloth pad and snap onto your underwear and you're ready to go. DO NOT rinse/wash out your used cloth pads when you're out and about.
By the end of the day, you'll have a wet bag full of used cloth pads that you'll take home to rinse and wash thoroughly before hanging up to dry.
Read this blog post: On the go with hannahpad
All cloth pads listed are exactly the same. Meaning the internal and external make up of the pads are the same on every pad product. The pads are versatile and can be used for period, maternity, and light bladder leakage purposes.
The available packs in various sizes and absorbency so you can create your own unique collection to reach a complete switch.
Keep in mind that the starter packs offered may/may not be enough for a week's worth of use. It's only a starting point for your unique hannahPAD collection. It is also good to factor in washing, drying time and amount of changes you’ll need. This will become clear as you get into your routine with cloth pads.
It's the beige organic cotton side that faces up and touches your skin. Here's a blog to explain why we do not colour the cotton top sheet and internal layers: Read here.
The simple answer is yes. Your hannahpads will have slight staining over repeated use. This is very normal. As long as you’ve followed our washing instructions, they are completely clean inside and out.
The good news is that stains can be treated. You may consider the following stain removal products we highly recommend on your pads: Laundry Stain Remover used as soaker on tougher stains, or Tuff Stuff Stain Remover used on fresh stains when hand washing the pads.
These best selling cleaning products will keep your pads looking like new for longer.
It is recommended that you change your pad every 3-4 hours whether it be cloth or disposable pad. This is for hygiene reasons as well as ensuring you stay fresh and dry throughout the day. Some people may need to change less or more in comparison to the recommended 3-4hours changing guide dependent on the day and amount of flow.
Before storing your pads make sure they are completely dry inside and out. Stored at home, keep them in a dark, dry place and lay them flat or folded. Stored inside a wet bag, have the pads folded up so you can carry more with you on-the-go.
A tester pad option is available in all 8 sizes. This is the very first step in your reusable pad switch. A tester pad encourages you to give just ONE cloth pad a try to determine whether this is the reusable product for you. You pay for the one tester size of choice and the shipping is on us! :)
Tester Pad Conditions:
First time orders only, 1 tester pad per customer.
A random pattern will be selected (image shown may not be the pattern received).
Cannot use a discount code on tester pad purchase.
Cannot be combined with any other items. Extra items in the cart will incur the standard shipping cost.
Choose size wisely as there is no exchange, return or refund on a tester pad purchase (refer to sizing chart).
Pads found through our Singles page includes our 8 sizes and available patterns which you may select from. This page is for people looking to expand their collection with sizes, absorbency and patterns they need or for people choosing to create their own unique set.
If you're noticing some green spots on your cloth pads, then it's likely that the pad(s) have developed mould. DO NOT use the affected pad(s) immediately and read on for treatment instruction.
The reason this has occurred is because the pad(s) was not completely dry (inside layers and top sheet) before storing away. This is likely to happen during winter months, or in environments where it’s wet, humid, or damp. Hence, it's important to keep in mind that drying time could take 24 to 48 hours and longer during winter months.
You must ensure that the top sheet including each internal cotton layer is completely dry before storing the pads away.
The affected pad(s) can be treated to remove mould spores. Here's how:
Put affected pad(s) into a bucket
Sprinkle bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate) directly onto beige cotton side
Boil vinegar and pour over the pad(s)
Leave to cool completely in the solution
Once cooled, go ahead to pop them into a regular cold water wash in the machine
Do a spin cycle on the pads to remove as much moisture from the pads as possible
Hang dry completely (24-48 hours or longer in winter months) in a dry place preferably indoors near a big window where the sun gets in
The above treatment will kill mould spores but there might still be slight discolouration that can be lifted with sodium percarbonate available at the laundry section of local health/organic stores.
Please follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the product that you use for soaking and removing mould. For your health & hygiene DO NOT USE and dispose of your hannahPAD immediately if any mould is still present.
It is each individual's responsibility to wash and maintain their pads once purchased.
The Brand hannah does NOT take responsibility for the incorrect use and/or washing and care of the products.
It is normal for the pads to stiffen over time with repeated wear and wash. Even with the use of natural laundry products they will stiffen. The good news is that you can soften them by soaking the pads in epsom salt (natural fabric softener) for a couple of hours, hang to dry and store away. Rest assured the stiffened pads do not affect the comfort level when worn.