Top Tips on how to use your Cheeky Pants Cloth Sanitary Pads
61 Comments8 May 2014 | Admin
You've taken the plunge and ditched disposable cotton pads for reusable period pads. You've decided to embrace a more comfortable and sustainable period with reusable period products. But how do you actually use reusable sanitary pads?
It's easy to use reusable sanitary pads, here's some top tips which will help:
- wear tight fitting knickers / pants
- make sure the reusable pad is the right way up (generally any labels go down into your knickers rather than against your skin_
- as with disposable period products, change regularly, more frequently on heavier days
- cold water wash is essential to prevent staining
Following this brilliant post from Tamsin over at Fit and Fluffy Mama, I thought it was worthwhile doing a few personal top tips on how to start using your Cloth Sanitary Pads.
Tight Fitting Period Pants
Firstly, I usually try to wear fairly tight fitting pants. If you usually keep your old, saggy. baggy pants which have really seen better days for that time of the month, time to invest in some new ones! Tighter pants will help your reusable pads stay in place and avoid slippage. Cotton knickers are best or cotton / lycra mix.
Personally I prefer the security of a mid to high-waisted pants, but it comes down to your personal preference.
Our period pants are even better. Period Pants are brilliant and super absorbent, but if you want to change at lunchtime to feel fresh (like you would a 'normal' disposable period protection), changing your knickers in a cubicle isn't much fun.
That's why we often pair our moisture wicking period knickers with reusable sanitary towels, so we can just whip the pad out and wear the period underwear for the rest of the day.
'The period pants and pads are perfect for my 11 year old daughter. Having tried the sporty ones, which are great, we tried the boxer style ones this time, my daughter says they are really comfortable. She wears with a pad at night and when flow is heavier, never had any problems with leakage.' Tina, March 2022
Bamboo / Bamboo Charcoal Reusable Pads
For our bamboo reusable sanitary pads, the 'pretty' side should be facing downwards, with the bamboo or bamboo charcoal face upwards. Close the poppers underneath the gusset of your knickers.
Turn around if you suffer from slippage
The soft outer plush fabric of these cloth menstrual pads has some grip - if it is inserted against the nap of the fabric. If you notice that your pad is slipping, turn it around 180 degrees, front to back.
'I wish I’d found these products sooner! I was a bit unsure of reusable sanitary pads at first, but I’m so glad I tried them. No more itching, no more skin irritations, no leaking, and no more monthly thrush episodes. The pads are soft and comfortable, incredibly absorbent, the designs are pretty (always a plus), easy to wash, and they’re kinder to the environment! I definitely won’t be going back to disposables.' Victoria, Feb 2022
Standard Cotton Period Pads
Again, with our cotton period pads, pretty side down in your knickers, plain grey side upwards against your skin. The slightly wider end should go to the rear.
I loved using cheeky wipes and cheeky cloth nappies on my little boys when they were babies. Moving to cloth pads seemed like a natural progression.
'I love the patterns and since using them I can honestly say they are super comfortable, very absorbent, they don’t feel wet or sticky at all, I love the range of patterns, they stay in place easily on my underwear and they make my period feel less sore. They feel luxurious compared to plastic pads and there is no nasty chemical smell, there’s no bad odour at all and they are so easy to clean. I love them! It feels like I’m being kinder to my body and it feels lovely using them. The wet bag is great too. I’d like to see a smaller wet bag version that fits easily into a handbag for when you’re out and about ' Medbh, Dec 2021
Black Cotton Non-Slip Reusable Period Pads
If you've ever wondered how to keep reusable pads in place, these anti-slip reusable pantyliners and pads are for you! These reusable cotton pads have a silicone 'anti-slip' surface to the rear. This goes against your knickers to hold them in place. If you suffer with heavy flow and need the booster to make them leak proof, then the booster should go against your skin.
Washable Incontinence Pads
If you use our MiniVivi Limited Edition Pads or standard 'fearless' incontinence pads, it's the wings you need to look at! On the limited edition pad this is easy as the patterned side goes against your skin. On our grey washable incontinence pads, the outline of the pad should be facing upwards in your knickers, wings underneath. If there's a slightly wider end, that should go to the rear.
Used your reusable period pads, period pants or other reusable menstrual products? Our blogpost on how do you wash reusable sanitary pads might be of interest next, however in summary:
- soak in cold water ideally
- wash in a decent cycle length in your washing machine, using your normal detergent at no more than 30 degrees
'I found this company through a google search into sensitive pads as I have PCOS and suffer long periods. The website is easy to navigate and each item lists exactly who/what its suitable for. The pads themselves are brilliant, easy to use and wash and come in lots of nice designs. The website includes the ever important info of washing, which I've followed to the letter and it works perfectly. I would definitely recommend these products to everyone, so comfortable, absorbent and affordable.' Vicky, Mar 2022