About our products
Let’s say that an average cloth pad in our store costs $10, and they last about ten years. This means that you’d be paying $1 each year for that pad. If you need around 30 pads to meet your period needs, this means that each year you’d pay $30 and all the pads would last ten years. So if you’re paying more than $30 a year for your period supplies now, it makes sense to switch to cloth.
Maybe you’ve never heard of them, or you're curious to learn more. Cloth pads can save a lot of money in a woman’s life. There is also the comfort factor. Cloth pads do not crinkle, stick to delicate areas or trap the heat and sweat your body produces. Finally, cloth pads have a large impact on reducing the waste that we produce.
Each pad has a topper fabric that touches the skin. This can be cotton, flannelette, bamboo charcoal fleece, suedecloth, pique, minky or bamboo fabric. The core is made up of different materials based on preference of the maker. We use a combination of either cotton batting, Zorb or bamboo hemp fleece, depending on the desired absorbency. For the backing fabric that touches the underwear, we use either Windpro fleece or bamboo sherpa that is heat bonded to PUL (polyurethane laminate). The Windpro fleece is water resistant, so it will keep moisture inside the pad up to a point. It will leak if the demand and absorbency don’t match up. PUL, on the other hand, has a hidden layer of thin, water proof flexible plastic membrane. It is the closest thing to a disposable in terms of durability and dependability. There is a higher price point for PUL since it is more expensive material.
We also carry bamboo charcoal fleece. This fabric has some amazing properties! The charcoal nano particles that are imbedded in the fabric means that odour is absorbed, fungal and bacterial infections are reduced and it is also stain resistant. Don’t worry- the nano particles don’t “fall out” of the fabric.
Finally, we provide laundry bags and pad wrappers to store your pads in. Wet bags or laundry bags have a layer of PUL that mean they can hold damp pads until laundry day. Pad wrappers are small squares of PUL that are great for one or two pads during the day.
How do you ship?
We ship using flat rates based on area and use polymailers or large envelopes based on what is bought. The rate for Canadian shipments is $8, USA is $10 and International is $15. Orders over $50 automatically have a free shipping option. Usual delivery times are 1-2 weeks for Canada/USA and up to one month for international.
What about custom orders?
We welcome custom orders! Just send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Where do you get your materials?
We use only new, prewashed materials bought from Etsy shops, Spoonflower, Funky Monkey Fabrics, Fabric.com and Fabricland. We hand pick each print based on eye catching quality and durable fabrics that will last.
How do you recommend I wash your products?
To wash cloth pads there are several options:
1) you can soak pads in a bin of cold water for a few hours before rinsing and squeezing out water and storing in a water resistant wetbag (sold in store)
2) you can rinse immediately after use with cold water and use a stain stick to get stubborn stains out, then squeeze out water and put in wetbag.
3) You can rinse with cold water, use a stain stick and then hang to dry.
Within three days of any of these steps, you should wash your soiled pads with either a mild detergent or soap nuts. Pad wrappers are great since they can be used to hold soiled pads in your purse or bag until you can add them to your main wetbag.
What’s the difference between cotton woven, cotton knit, flanelette, pique, bamboo and minky?
Cotton woven is thin, breathable but tends to keep that wet feeling on top. Cotton knit is smooth and soft, breathable and pulls wetness a bit better away from your skin.
Flanelette is very soft, pulls wetness away from your skin, but may pill.
Pique is a high performance sport material that wicks moisture from the skin. It feels soft and silky, while still able to breathe and make you feel comfortable.
Bamboo is sustainable, breathes, is antimicrobial, and very soft.
Minky is polyester and resists stains extremely well. It is very soft and plush, but some people find it to cause sweating. If you’re not sure which fabric is right for you, feel free to try a sample pack with different topper fabrics.
I bought some pads and they leaked! What’s going on?
If you experience leaks, there are some things to rule out. First, make sure your underwear fits well. If it’s too loose, it may allow leaks to happen easily. Second, if you are using a pad that is designed for a lower flow, you may need to move up an absorbency level. Also, if you have a heavy flow you might want to try using PUL backed pads or changing them more often. If you are a first time cloth user, it may take a while to get used to your flow and get a routine that works for you. Also, the more a pad is washed, the more it will absorb. This is especially true for bamboo fabrics.