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How to care for your Cloth Sanitary Pads

43 CommentsTuesday, 25 March 2014  |  Admin

We are LOVING our new Cloth Sanitary Pads here at Cheeky Wipes HQ.  Really.  Tampons are no longer an option (4 kids, I sneeze and the tampon shoots out!) and I hate those horrible paper sanitary pads as they remind me of maternity pads.  They smell bad and if you're not careful the bit to stick in your knickers will inadvertently give you a bikini wax.  OUCH.

How do cloth sanitary pads work?

The pads come with a popper which fastens under the gusset (LOL, love that word) of your knickers.  This same popper can also be used to discreetly popper the pad closed before and after use, like so...

Obviously change your pad as often as necessary.  I was caught unawares at a recent baby show and came on 2 days early.  I had one pad in my bag, which lasted me right through the day, without leaking which I thought was impressive.  Personally I would have preferred to change it at least once through the day, with a fresh onefor overnight, but it did the trick.

I've got a soiled cloth sanitary pad - what now?

First of all, it's not that gross.  Really!  Soak immediately in cold water. It's got to be cold as blood is a protein stain, so putting hot water anywhere near it will set the stain.  You can use one of our mucky boxes for this, or an old nappy bucket.  Stick a few drops of teatree oil in there too (sells great and kickstarts the hygiene process).

I gave the most soiled bits of mine a bit of a squirt with some 'oxyaction' type stain remover, then popped in the wash in my mesh bag to keep them together

Wash on a 20c or 30c degree standard wash (not a rapid wash).  On my machine this takes about 2 hours 45 mins.  Use your normal powder / liquid but no fabric softener.  I use a magnaball in my washing anyway to help soften my washing so this isn't a problem for me.

Washing your pads at a higher temperature will set blood stains and can cause shrinkage on our cotton pads, so is not recommended.

I hope that makes sense - feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.



Monday, 7 April 2014  |  20:01

H2ave recently received my sanitary risks, and look good, although not had chance to try then out yet. Have used cloth for years though so shouldn't be a problm. My only question is: do you wear then white side up, or colored side up? I for white but want to be sure.

Sunday, 11 May 2014  |  20:30

White side up, we've just done a top tips guide here:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014  |  7:17

Bamboo side up, it's the most absorbent. The minkee on the other side helps keep it in place, although I also wear fairly tight fitting knickers.

Saturday, 10 May 2014  |  20:31

Can they be put in the tumble dryer? if so low heat or high heat?

Thank you :)

Thursday, 10 July 2014  |  5:59

We tumble dry on low, but line drying is best if you have time and space.

Laura Fox
Thursday, 15 May 2014  |  16:50

Is it ok to use biological powder with these cloth sanitary towels ?as they contain bamboo and have learnt through using cloth nappies that bamboo apparently breaks down over time with use of biological detergents and non bio is a better option?

Wednesday, 30 March 2016  |  10:56

We haven't found any difference here?

Sunday, 18 May 2014  |  7:39

We use an ecoegg (sorry not very helpful) but the bio / non-bio argument is unclear. As you're not likely to be washing the pads on a daily basis (unlike nappies) there is little chance of them being impacted by washing powder.

Lucy Smith
Friday, 4 July 2014  |  9:46

Do the pads need to be ore washed before use? How many times?

Thursday, 10 July 2014  |  5:58

We used them straight out of the packet and they were fine, although will increase with absorbency slightly over repeated washing.

Polly Spencer-Vellacott
Sunday, 6 July 2014  |  7:49

Considering max size ones for maternity use but then I read your advice on tight pants - surely not best for postpartum use. Any ideas? (note I had a section last time so wore really big (above scar) pants but don't really know what the alternative would be)

Thursday, 10 July 2014  |  5:57

As long as the pants have a decent amount of lycra percentage and aren't baggy (and not thong sized!) , you should be fine. Sloggi type are good - they don't have to be the 'full brief' size, normal bikini brief is fine as long as they have lycra.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014  |  8:52

Can I just soak them with my wipes? And then wash in with wipes and nappies?

Tina B
Sunday, 22 February 2015  |  22:05

Are they ok to use after birth also I normally put witchazel solution on mine to aid healing will I be able to do this with these?

Monday, 23 February 2015  |  7:09

Oh, that is so soothing! Yes, you could do that, I tended to buy a pack of gauze packs and soak them in the witch hazel in the fridge - they are then cool which also helps with any swelling?

Thursday, 26 March 2015  |  15:22

HI, I am considering using cloth following the birth of my second child in September. Prior to getting pregnant I switched to using a cup and I am also considering using reusable nappies so it would make sense to switch to reusable pads as well.

I've been looking at the kit where you can get 10 of the maternity pads etc. Would this be enough? How often do you have to change cloth pads? Would I be able to wash them with the reusable nappies? Basically I know nothing so need as much info as possible before making a purchase! Thanks for your help.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015  |  15:21

Possibly a silly question but if you're using the pads over a long cycle (5-7 days) and rinsing them off in cold water then storing them in a wet bag for washing altogether - do they not start getting mildewy?

Vicky H
Thursday, 24 September 2015  |  15:34

I work in an office and wonder how best to store/deal with used pads? Thank you

Rosie B
Monday, 28 September 2015  |  20:33

I have week long monthlys (lucky me!), am I ok to leave the pads this long in the mucky box before washing or do I need to wash more regularly? Thank you!

Cheryl Glinwell
Sunday, 28 February 2016  |  23:22

Off to the in laws for weekend what's the best way to still use daily towels?

Friday, 4 March 2016  |  21:10

I'm thinking of starting to use cloth pads, This might be a silly question but do you wash them in the machine with other items or do you wash them in the machine by themselves?

Saturday, 5 March 2016  |  7:06

You can wash with a normal dark wash, no problem as long as you use a cold / cool wash.

Lillie Van De Laarschot
Saturday, 26 March 2016  |  17:19

Can you wash the pads using aerial liqutabs ?

Wednesday, 30 March 2016  |  10:56

Yes no problem Lillie.

Erica Griffin
Friday, 2 September 2016  |  11:47

We cloth bum our baby, can we wash these in with her nappies and her cheeky wipes? ;)

Our routine is to do a cold rinse and spin before a pre wash and cotton 40 oc cycle with extra rinse. Does this sound ok? Will there be any transfer to her white wipes/nappies?

Patricia Struben
Sunday, 1 January 2017  |  15:16

I have to wear a pad every day due to oops moments. Mine are smelly. I soak them straight away in cold tea tree solution and wash once per week in 30C Eco egg wash. One I wore yesterday and washed today still really smells of pee. What am I doing wrong?

Lesley Robson-Blundell
Sunday, 4 February 2018  |  0:05

What happens to any clots, that would be on them. How do we deal with them during washing

Monday, 5 February 2018  |  17:30

You can either hold one end of your pad in your hand, put the other in the loo, then flush and soak as usual, or just soak them and tip the dirty water and clots away down the loo. Alternatively, just bung the whole lot into a long cold wash in the washing machine and any clots will again just wash away.

Thursday, 13 September 2018  |  15:55

Can you recommend a good eco friendly stain remover to use in the wash with the,?

Friday, 14 September 2018  |  8:04

We like Oxy Clean from Astonish. It's eco friendly and made in the UK too!

Friday, 8 November 2019  |  23:25

I have week long cycles and Iím currently tending to rinse off all my protections and then store them together soaking until the end of my cycle and then I wash them all together, but they start to get a bit smelly by the end of the week - is there anything I can do to stop this? Iím not in a position to wash them over two washes in one week and donít really want to because it wouldnít be a full wash so there would be environmental factors. Thanks!

Saturday, 9 November 2019  |  16:57

Hi there, I'd recommend soaking them in the tea tree oil and water solution and changing it every two days? Alternatively, soak them in some oxi type cleaning solution, again changing every couple of days.