Cloth Menstrual Pads

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losubres wrote in cloth_pads
I've followed a few archived posts and links to info about Zorb.

I understand that it is tremendously absorbent relative to its thickness and that it makes a really good soaker for cloth diapers. I guess what I don't get is its application in menstrual pads.

It seems like it's made for more, er, watery fluids. I imagine that menstrual fluid would be better absorbed by materials like natural fiber fleece and terry. From what I've read, it has the tendency to sort of squish any retained fluids out when pressed. That seems like it could be a disastrous situation.

How does it stand up to multiple washings? Does it dry easily? It seems like it would be a bear to fully dry pads with it as a core.

Can I get some opinions? Have you used Zorb? Would you use it?

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Firstly, the things you're saying about Zorb are the things I've heard about (and experienced with) microfiber. Zorb is a bit different in that it does contain natural fibers as well as synthetics. But that's all I know about it, so I'd be interested in finding out if others agree with your assessment that it's just another microfiber or if it's something different. Good question!

I've chosen to combine it with a natural fibre except for one test pad - usually slim bamboo fleece. It definitely speeded up the drying time vs the same thickness of just bamboo. No compression leaks yet, but I don't find that a problem with microfibre terry either - some people do.

I loved sewing with it, it's easy to cut and even importing Canada-UK it's cheaper than the other options. It's not as gorgeous to work with as anything else I've used - feels quite rough and scratchy to handle, and sort of stiff. Given that, I was surprised by how comfortable it is once sewn into a pad.

I'm not convinced it's an improvement over microfibre terry, which I also ended up combining with a natural fabric in slim pads to get the best of both worlds.

What I'm still not sure about is how long pads made with it will last; it feels like working with a slim quilt batting, and I expect it to disintegrate the way batting would with the abuse my pads take! It hasn't yet, though :) Since it's made for nappies, in theory it ought to be hard wearing.

Overall, I'm leaning towards including a layer or two of Zorb with layers of bamboo/cotton/hemp or whatever, to reduce the overall cost and the drying time. I also noticed that it gave great stitch definition when I topstitched a quilter's cotton pad with Zorb inside :)

That's a lot of good info to consider. Thanks :)

I have been using Zorb in my pads for about 8 months and I like it. I also cloth diaper and have used Zorb in some of the diapers I have made. Having had stink problems with microfiber, I avoid it. Zorb has proven to be both absorbent and microfiber though, I wouldn't put it next to your skin. I use one layer for everyday light to medium flow and 2 layers for heavy/post-partum flow. I don't use PUL and have not had any compression problems. My pads are all 100% cotton flannel with a fleece backing on the heavy flow pads.

I forgot to add that I have no issue with drying time whatsoever.

Ooh. Thanks for the info. Do you machine dry your Zorb pads and nappies? How have the pads held up after 8 months?

The pads, as well as the diapers, have held up beautifully.

Oh, brain lapse. Yes, I machine dry if I am in a hurry. Sometimes I line dry them and toss them in the dryer to soften them up a bit.

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