Top Tips on how to use your Cheeky Mama Cloth Sanitary Pads

54 CommentsThursday, 8 May 2014  |  Admin

Top Tips on how to use your Cheeky Mama Cloth Sanitary Pads

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 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 a cloth pad stay in place and avoid slippage.  Cotton knickers are best or cotton / lycra mix.

Bamboo / Bamboo Charcoal facing upwards

Insert the pad into your knickers 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 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.

Elizabeth Marshall
Thursday, 15 May 2014  |  19:02

Ahh!!! Didn't think to turn it round! Have had major slippage problems today. SO far up the back, quite uncomfortable by the time I'd got round Sainsburys!
Will try that one. Thanks :)

Saturday, 5 December 2015  |  15:29

Maybe a silly question but the ultrapads, what is the top? The side with hearts or the white side?

Saturday, 22 April 2017  |  7:34

The white side!

Rowena Wrixon
Monday, 14 March 2016  |  13:44

Do you need to wash them a few times before using like a cloth nappy? :)

Heather Kitchen
Tuesday, 28 July 2020  |  14:21

Pre washing helps absorbency

Gillian Fraser
Friday, 21 April 2017  |  15:51

I used to get thrush most months and despite being a woman of a certain age with wonky heavy , light , heavy , light , stop and go periods I decided to try cloth towels at home .Thinking that if it was going to leak then I didn't want to do it publicly however they gave as good protection as the good quality winged towels that I ALWAYS ed used and were very comfortable .compared to the bulky heavy flow towels that I bought that f

Gillian Fraser
Friday, 21 April 2017  |  15:59

Sorry hadnt finished and pressed the wrong button ! Any way I rinse them under the cold tap and wash them at 40 with my underwear and I now don't get thrush - it makes sense when you think about it - your own pants don't give you thrush so why would the cloth pads washed the same way - they don't get as hot as the disposable jobs and so don't smell at all - I just wish I had discovered them years ago - imagine the money I would have saved ! Not including the canesten cream !

Saturday, 22 April 2017  |  7:34

No need to prewash, although the absorbency will improve over time.

Monday, 2 October 2017  |  21:58

What do you do with the towels during the day when you're out and about? do you have to carry them used in your bag until you get home to clean them? or are you only supposed to use them at home/at night?

Heather Kitchen
Tuesday, 28 July 2020  |  14:23

hannah I have a small wet dry bag with 2 compartments, one for clean and one for used

Wednesday, 31 January 2018  |  0:28

I'm not sure what top to go for on my pads- bamboo or charcoal?
What are the pros and cons?
I like the idea of the black top top to reduce the chance of any potential staining but bamboo is so soft I think it might be more comfortable.
Please help! I'm new to all this and I want to make the right choice!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018  |  12:36

Hi Claire, it completely comes down to personal choice. If you're squeamish about blood or fanatical about stains, then go for the charcoal top. I'm not, so I use the bamboo top...the key is cold soaking and a good dollop of stain remover in your cold wash. Even then it doesn't bother me if there are lingering stains, no one sees them except me (and the builders if they're on the line....not that they have got any clue WTF they are!)

Sarah Hankey
Thursday, 1 February 2018  |  8:12

Hi, how do these cope with incontinance? Day to day spotting? And more challenging, an exercise class or horse riding? If you are sitting on the pad/riding will you squeeze the moisture out into your clothes? Thanks

Marie Goodacre
Wednesday, 12 June 2019  |  13:37

Ive been advised to use pads in conjunction with the period pants for heavy days. How does that work, if the pants dont leak how does excess get into the pad, or if the pad doesnt leak how does the excess get into the pants to make extra secure? Does the pad go under all the 4 layers of the pants?

Thursday, 13 June 2019  |  10:57

Hi Marie, the reason we suggest using a pad with your pants on heavy days is because if you would normally change a pad a lunchtime on a heavy day, then we advise that you do the same with the pants. And this is obviously not the easiest if you're doing it in a cubicle at work or school as you have to completely undress your bottom half to do so. For this reason, we recommend wearing a pad which sits on top of your pants, against your skin and then can simply be removed and folded to take home at lunchtime. If you need any further help, feel free to contact and Jo will be happy to help.

Louise Stokes
Monday, 19 October 2020  |  9:55

Soooo happy I switched to reusable pads. Wish I had done it 20 years ago. I have only used them once since delivery but I intend to use them all the time now going forward. I was the biggest skeptic at first but I have definitely had my mind changed. I bought some different size ones so I had some for days and nights and, although I was dubious how good they would be for overnight, I needn't have worried as there were no leaks. Also less irritation from wearing them unlike disposables.

I found it a bit "trial and error" to get them to sit in the right place for me but I have just read about turning them round so that might be worth a try next time. It is so easy to rinse and wash as normal, they dry quickly too. I got the grey colour topped ones as I thought I might be squeamish about the white but actually, I think I would have been ok! If I buy more, I would not be put off getting white. Thanks Cheeky Wipes!

Monday, 19 October 2020  |  10:33

Hi Louise,

We hear this a lot, but I am so glad you're getting on with the pads. I find the combo of pads and pants works best for me, you should give them a go too!


Lauren Wood
Tuesday, 6 April 2021  |  11:24

Does anyone have any tips for the intimate wipes included in the kits? I have always used flushable wet wipes when going to the loo on my period, as it feels much cleaner. So would really like to swap to the reusable option. Do I just keep a clean supply dry near the loo and wet under the tap when I want to use them?

Thursday, 10 June 2021  |  16:34

Exactly that Lauren! We keep a little mucky bin in the bathroom and pop the used ones in there and then pop in the wash when we have a wash going on. Keeps us feeling lovely and fresh and no leftover bits of tissue in your vulva.

Thursday, 10 June 2021  |  15:57

How many knickers / pads would do i need to buy so i have enough?

Thursday, 10 June 2021  |  16:36

Great question Nerys! We've got a couple of handy tools to help with that, a short form questionnaire that will give you a 'quick and dirty' answer in a minute. Or a tailored personal questionnaire which is answered by one of our team and will also give you hints and tips on storage and using out and about: