Cloth Menstrual Pads

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Absorbent layer under wings, or not?
redrags
Hi all,

Up until now, I've always put a full-body absorbent layer of heavyweight cotton in my pads, that goes all the way under the wings, as well as a bamboo fleece soaker down the middle. I've found this a good system, and the pads I wear myself are like this.
Recently I read a comment by a user who dislikes this style of pad, because she has found that the wings are more prone to wicking because of the absorbent layer.
Do most people agree with this? It wasn't something I'd found to be a problem, but I'd like to hear a variety of opinions, because if customers generally prefer just to have a soaker and no absorbency under the wings, I would change my design.

Opinions, please, if you have time?

Many thanks.

Anyone able to help?
flirt
karalianne
My aunt is a missionary in Angola, currently home in Canada. One of the ladies in Angola whom she does Bible study with is incontinent and it sounds like she doesn't get out much, if at all. Her son doesn't want to pay for disposable diapers anymore and got some cheap terry ones but didn't get any covers so the caretaker has been using plastic bags and not changing often enough.

I said I'd see if anyone here might have ideas for places to get covers for adult diapers that don't cost $35 each. If you can help us out we'd really appreciate it.

New UK seller, 10% discount
redrags
Hi all,

This is Fee of RedRags, a new UK cloth pad seller that just opened yesterday, selling pads made using designer and Kawaii fabrics. I'm celebrating by offering a 10% discount at my etsy store, with the code OPENING10 which is active until 07 November. Please do pop over and have a look:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RedRagsPads?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Thank you very much. I've enjoyed reading this community and am happy to be posting now.

Long time no post!
tank girl
poppleshatesyou
Hey everybody! long time no post!


Misandry Made

I just wanted to let you all know that after my long hiatus, I've closed C-Pop down and reopened as Misandry Made!

If you've been missing my cloth pads, I'm back! And so so happy to be back at my sewing machine and slinging cloth pads again! I missed it and our lovely community more than I even realized. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to get to do this as a for real part time job now, instead of just cramming it into every "free" moment while working full time.

Anyways, listed 38 new prints on Tuesday! There's still a handful left! I hope to be listing new pads at least every two weeks, if not more.

Thank you so much for your previous and hopefully continued patronage! I couldn't do this without you all. <3 <3 <3

P.S. Could a mod edit the profile page/tags to reflect my name change? Thanks! <3

Looking for organic fabrics, which snaps you prefer, and strong thread recommendations
SavvyWei
Hi Community,

I'm new to cloth pads and love the 1 "party in my pants" sample I have for a liner. Found Luna Wolf patterns and rave reviews of it, and have decided to buy some fabrics and materials and make my own too.

Can you offer some thoughts on the following as I try to source some materials? I'm in the US (Washington State) for reference.

WHERE TO BUY ON A BUDGET:
For personal reasons, I would like to go the organic route. Do you happen to know of any online shops or places where I might find some organic fabrics that don't cost an arm and a leg? Looking for organic bamboo fleece, flannel, wool, etc. Shipping usually kills it for me, but I'm willing to invest if I have to. Heard of wazoodle.com and their prices are decent, but wonder if you have any cheaper quality options?

ORGANIC BACKING OPTIONS:
Also, for those who do organic, do you avoid zorb, polartec/windpro fleece, and waterproof nylon for backings? Are there any that are deemed safer? (Not wanting to start any controversy with people who use these items... just curious for those who might know more than me about organic or not-chemically treated fabrics, thoughts on using those as backing, since it's farther from the body.) I have heard alternatively that wool can be a good waterproofer and breathable, but not sure if it is all wool or only certain ones, and organic wool is like $35/yd on wazoodle! I'm working with a budget, so definitely could use help in this section.

SNAPS:
How to select between plastic and nickel-free metal snaps? Which is more durable, and which might require less expensive tools to easily apply? I would like to do snaps over buttons or sewing other things I think, as snaps seem more professional (if I end up making extra to sell on the side). Was considering nickel-free for friends/future buyers who might have allergies. And do you have any places to recommend where to buy snaps and a snap tool that you like?

THREAD:
Also, what're your thoughts on a strong sturdy thread (I'm going for longevity, like try to make my pads so they last years/decades)? Any organic threads that are strong and long-lasting? If not, what do you find lasts longest without fear of breakage over time? :)

Hope someone(s) experienced or knowledgeable will take time to answer some of these questions as I try to get started. Thank you so much in advance. :D

A couple cleaning issues
Fountain pen
citrinesunset
Hi everyone,

I recently decided to start using cloth pads. Using a menstrual cup has turned me off from disposables, but I don't like wearing my menstrual cup non-stop during my period.

This is my third month using cloth pads, and my first month using them on my heavier days. I love them and find them very comfortable, but I've run into a couple cleaning-related concerns:

- I'm not really that concerned about staining, but I do want to make sure that my pads are clean. This month, I folded them up, put them in a mesh laundry bag, and only rinsed them under cold water just before I was ready to put them in the washing machine (in this case, about 48 hours after I started wearing them). This seems to have worked fine with all my pads except one. I have a light-absorbency minky pad that smelled musty in one spot after washing. I worry it had a chance to mildew or something, even though I didn't pre-soak it.

And more generally, is throwing them in the washer with detergent after giving them a quick rinse and hand-scrub under cold water an adequate way of getting them clean? I read about people having much more complicated washing routines, but they seem to be mostly geared toward avoiding stains, and I haven't had any trouble with that so far.

- One of my thicker pads is really hard to get dry. Trying to air dry it is a joke, and even when I put it in the dryer, sometimes it doesn't get completely dry. The thing is, it's hard to tell--it'll feel dry when I take it out, but then I guess some moisture spreads from the core and it'll feel damp again. I'm not sure there's anything that can be done about that, but does anyone else have this trouble?

Thank you for your input!

New to cloth pads. Any recommendations or tips?
awesome_12345
Hello community! I haven't read much off of this community yet hence the title ;) so please forgive me if I've asked a question that's been asked over and over. Anyways, I was thinking about trying out cloth pads soon except I have no idea which to get and which are the most effective. So, to start out, I have a "normal" period and have been using the Always disposable pads and liners since I started my period ( about a year ago ;) ). I would like non fleece backed pads ( maybe some listings and descriptions of different backing would be nice! ) and 3 different pantyliners ( smaller ones, thiner ones, max absorbency et cetera ) along with 3 heavy pads, 2 light pads ( do I need these or should I just use pantyliners? ) and 3 regular absorbency cloth pads along with where to buy them ( I would like to be able to buy them on www.femininewear.com ). I'm probably asking way too much but I would appreciate it if you guys ( or should I say gals ) could help me out by listing some good brands and/or brands to stay away from. Ok well I think that wraps up my questions. Or maybe not. I am also planning to use menstrual cups and/or sea sponge tampons during the day ( with cloth pantyliners as backup ) and heavy/regular cloth pads during the night or when I feel like using cloth pads. Do you think 3 heavy and 3 regular with 3 liners and maybe 2 lights will be enough? Oh and one more concern: how do I care for the cloth pads ( what to use for washing/sterilizing? Also, how do you think I should approach my parents about this? My mom hasn't ever used anything other than disposables. Worst to worst, would being stuck with disposable pads be so bad? Thanks!

Cloth liners for everyday use
here_never
Hi everyone! I just finished my first cycle with a menstrual cup, and now I'm thinking of switching to reusables for everyday use. I just ordered three reusable liners from a local online store (I'm based in the Philippines and this is the only store that sells RUMPs, and I'm not sure if I'll like the liners so I purchased only three), and I'm hoping to transition to reusables ASAP. Here are a couple of concerns, after the cut!
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Snaps Question
broken hearted boy
theladyscribe
I'm getting ready to make my own cloth pads, and I have some questions about what types of snaps to use. I have sample liners I got from Lunpads, PIMPs, and GladRags, and they all use KAM snaps. I was wondering if I could/should try sew-on snaps or even regular buttons, both of which I already have from other projects.

Has anyone tried either of these instead of KAM snaps? If so, what was your experience/do you have any advice about how well they work?

ETA: I'm planning to include a layer of PUL that goes into the wings (using the Luna Wolf pattern), if that makes a difference about what works/doesn't work.

Thanks!

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