Hey there! My cousin sells cloth pads and she was telling me about a lady who says her pads aren’t absorbing. The lady said that the blood is running straight off the pad and onto her thighs. This is the first time my cousin has ever had this complaint. Anyone know why this would be happening?
Things to note.
-The woman is a week postpartum.
-She says her flow isn’t too heavy.
-Claims not to be using fabric softener.
-Says she is wearing the pad correctly.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
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!