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Using Reusable Cloth Pads for Your Period Care

If the thought of a reusable period care product piques your curiosity, then you’re in the right place! Reusable period care products are setting a new trend in feminine care and for good reason. Not only are they environmentally friendly, they are body-friendly, too. The best news is that they are completely 100% sanitary, easy to use, odor-free, and just as effective as disposable period care products. 

So if you want to know if reusable cloth pads are for you, then let us give you the Rael scoop on safe, quality period care that’s good for your body, the environment, and your wallet. 

What Exactly is a Reusable Cloth Pad?

A reusable cloth pad is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a pad you use to absorb your menstrual flow, which you can reuse numerous times. 

Reusable cloth pads are just as absorbent and leakproof as their disposable counterparts, and just as secure in keeping you feeling fresh and comfortable. Rael’s reusable pads come with a strap and snap closure to help keep your reusable pads in place, so you never have to worry about them slipping or moving. 

If you have especially sensitive skin, reusable cotton pads may be the perfect solution for helping soothe irritation. Made from organic, reusable cotton, Rael’s pads are perfect for even the most sensitive areas. 

Reusable cloth pads are rising in popularity, too. From your favorite social media influencers, celebrities, and even your best friends, chances are you know someone who is raving about them. Once you make the switch, we guarantee you won’t ever want to go back. 

We’ll talk about the benefits of reusable cloth pads and give some answers to your most common questions (like exactly how do you wash them?). 

Benefits of Reusable Cloth Pads for Your Period Care

If you’re still on the fence about whether you can actually “do” reusable cloth pads, maybe looking at the benefits of using them can change your mind. 

Eco-Friendly

It shouldn’t be shocking to any of us that landfills are packed with feminine care products. Some 20 billion feminine products like pads, tampons, and applicators are dumped in North American landfills each year. The environmental impact doesn’t stop there; it’s even suspected that a chemical component of some plastic tampon applicators could be instrumental in global warming. 

We’re all trying to reduce our carbon footprint (the measure of how many greenhouse gases our daily existence causes), and reusable pads can help you lower your number. Reusable pads can help you save up to 350 packages of disposable pads during your menstruating lifetime. 

If you ultimately decide not to make the switch to reusable, you can consider switching from your current brand to a brand that doesn’t use environmentally unfriendly chemicals in the production of their pads, like Rael. 

Rael’s disposable pads are 100% organic cotton, sustainable, and chlorine-free, which is better for the environment and better for your body.

Cost Effective

Your period costs you. While the total amount of money you’ll spend in your lifetime on period care varies, you can plan on spending somewhere in the vicinity of $5,000 or more for period care items. That cost is higher if you factor in birth control and prescription acne treatments. 

The main cost associated with period care, however, is the method of menstruation absorption you use. Most of us will need at least one to two boxes of tampons and/or pads per monthly cycle. The number might even be higher depending on your flow. 

Reusable pads offer a way to cost the high cost of period care products. A single reusable pad, for instance, can be used up to 120 times before needing replacement. 

If you ask us, investing in a few reusable pads is a lowkey brilliant way to start saving for that post-COVID trip to Mexico. 

They’re Great for Sensitive Skin

Have you ever checked the ingredients on your box of pads? Go ahead, we’ll wait. 

Those weird, hard-to-read ingredients you see, along with terms like “fragrance” aren’t doing you any favors. In fact, some of the ingredients in your tampons and pads can be harmful to your body. If you’ve got sensitive skin, you can develop irritation from these products that lasts days or even weeks after your period is over.

The only ingredient in Rael reusable pads is 100% organic cotton. The backing is 99% organic cotton with a 1% polyurethane strap and snaps made from nickel. Our reusable pads won’t harm your skin or deliver any kind of potentially toxic material to your most sensitive areas. 

They’re Convenient

If you’ve got reusable pads, you’ve always got period care on hand. No more late-night trips to the store or being caught without coverage; reusable pads are always in your cabinet, ready to go. 

If you’re concerned you won’t be able to use them while you’re at work or school, don’t be. They’re completely easy to change on the go, which means you can hide one in your handbag, desk drawer, or gym bag for emergencies. 

Common Questions About Reusable Pads

Now that we’ve got your attention, we know you’ve got questions. How do you clean them? What about changing them? Is there an odor? We’ve got all your most common questions answered so you can feel confident and sure about reusable pads.

Here are your top 5 reusable pad questions answered.

1. How Do You Wash Reusable Pads?

It couldn’t be easier to wash and reuse your pads. To clean them, you only need to wash them in your washing machine on a regular cycle. 

The organic cotton doesn’t hold stains, but if you’ve got a particularly stubborn spot, you can soak your pads in lukewarm water prior to washing. You can also sprinkle the stain with baking soda and add a bit of vinegar to the wash to help remove stains and keep your pads in great shape, but it isn’t necessary. 

If your normal detergent doesn’t irritate your skin, it’s fine for your pads. Wash your pads on a cold water cycle and tumble dry them on low heat. 

No, your pads won’t leave residue in your washing machine. 

Yes, your washing machine will be completely clean when you remove them. 

Yes, your pads will be completely clean, sanitized, and ready for their next usage. 

2. Are Reusable Pads Still Absorbent?

Absolutely. In fact, they’re usually a bit more absorbent than a disposable pad, but you should still change your pads regularly to avoid bacteria. 

Rael’s organic cotton reusable pads are made from five layers of moisture-wicking organic cotton and are available in four different absorbency sizes so you can ensure leaks are never an issue. 

Rael’s reusable pads also offer leak protection. They are designed with a band that wraps around the bottom of your underwear and snaps in place to prevent leaks from happening. With our reusable pads, you get the same great protection as our disposable pads, but in a more sustainable package. 

3. Do Reusable Pads Protect Against Odor?

A reusable pad works just like a disposable pad, absorbing your flow and trapping it deep beneath layers of absorbent material. When you’re done with the pad, you simply change it, just like a disposable. 

Reusable pads resist odor and keep you feeling fresh and confident while you wear them. 

4. What if I’m Not Home When I Need to Change Them?

Obviously, a reusable pad is going to be changed frequently, but you may find you change them less than disposable pads due to their extreme level of absorbency. You can easily change a reusable pad on the go. The best way to do it is by carrying a wet bag with you. 

A wet bag is a reusable waterproof bag that seals closed and can hold a used pad until you get home and toss it in the wash. When you remove your used pad, simply place it in the wet bag and seal it. Most wet bags can be washed and dried right along with your pads. 

5. Are Reusable Pads Bulky?

Reusable pads aren’t bulky. In fact, they’re incredibly thin. This is usually surprising for first-time users, but trust us, they’re plenty absorbent. The smooth organic cotton keeps reusable pads breathable and comfortable, so no matter how heavy your flow, you definitely won’t feel like you’re wearing a diaper. 

The Takeaway

Reusable pads are a great fit for anyone. They’re convenient, sustainable, effective, and easy to use. Rael’s reusable, organic cotton pads are perfect for every day of your period, no matter what your flow level. Our pads are built to last and help keep you protected and comfortable while saving you money and helping you save the planet. 





Sources:


Cumulative Exposure And Feminine Care Products - Safe Cosmetics

The Ultimate Guide to Feminine Hygiene | Duquesne University School of Nursing

Menstrual, 'Feminine Care' Products

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