5 Reasons You Should Try Reusable Cloth Pads

Five Reasons You Should Try Reusable Sanitary Pads

Over the last few years, the Zero Waste movement has gained a lot of momentum. Reusable Sanitary Pads have increased in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Most people want to save money and as a result are switching to reusable items.

What Are Reusable Sanitary Pads?

Reusable Sanitary Pads are most commonly known as Cloth Pads or CSP. They are a reusable menstrual product, and as such are a great alternative to disposable sanitary pads. Usually, you would dispose of a used sanitary pad in a bin. With CSP you wash them instead of throwing them away which means they are much more ‘Eco Friendly’. Click here to read more about washing CSP.

With national newspapers like the Telegraph actually writing articles on Cloth Pads, you might be wondering what all of the fuss is about? Here are 5 reasons that you should give them a try:

1 – No More Unwanted Toxins Against Your Skin

Cloth Pads do not contain any toxins/dioxins and as a result are safe to use. Womens Voices For The Earth and Naturally Savvy conducted a test on an Always pad. As a result of the study, they discovered the pad contained carcinogens, reproductive toxicants and neurotoxins. And to think that was against one of the most absorptive areas of your body? No thank you!

2 – Saves Money

Disposable sanitary towels are expensive and because CSP are reusable, you can save money. Depending on how much you would spend per month on disposables, you can save anywhere from £100-500 and upwards when you switch to reusables. Most base this figure on using CSP for 5 years, but I know many people who have got Cloth Pads that are 10+ years old. Incredible, right?

3 – Comfort

Say goodbye to the unwanted pubic hair waxing and walking around in a hot, sweaty and itchy pad. Cloth Pads secure to your undies with snaps, and so there’s no adhesive strip to give you a surprise wax. And because Cloth Pads are breatheable, you can kiss goodbye to being sweaty, itchy and hot. Hello soft clouds in your underwear!

4 – Never Run Out Again

Running out of pads and having to dash to the shops at the last minute are now a thing of the past. Never again will you start your period and think ‘oh crap’ when you realise you’ve got no pads, and having to nip out with toilet roll stuffed down your knickers (How many of you are nodding at this?). Even if you don’t have enough pads for a full cycle without washing when you first start out with cloth, you can easily just wash your pads part the way through your cycle, ready for use again.

5 – Kinder To The Planet 

No more waste means not contributing disposable pads to the landfill. Or out in the ocean, eventually washing up on the beach (stop putting pads and tampons down the loo!). Did you know that disposable pads and nappies can take over 500 years to decompose?!

Have you switched to Reusable Sanitary Pads?

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What’s your favourite thing about using Cloth Pads? Let me know in the comments!

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30 Comments

  1. 3rd May 2016 / 8:28 am

    #5 helps the new generation of girls to feel positive about their period and to not have “period shame”. 🙂

    • 5th May 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Absolutely! 🙂 (although change girl for people, since not everyone who menstruates identifies as a woman/girl)

  2. Megan
    3rd May 2016 / 10:07 am

    Ive only been using csp for 2 cycles but for me they are much more absorbable so I feel much drier, and my cramps have been much better. I have endometriosis so they can get pretty bad. But a big benefit is no smelly pads cluttering up the bin. It makes me furious how the pad companies market their pads as ‘odour controlling’ but it’s their horrible pads that cause the smell! Oh and no luxury tax, even though cloth pads are by far much more luxurious!

  3. 5th May 2016 / 11:51 pm

    If I ever have the need for menstrual products again I will definitely be using csp (or any reuseables) over disposables now and a large majority of that is down to the awareness you are raising. (Plus, I’d love a pretty stash!).

  4. 10th May 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I love cloth pads because they are comfy to wear, and they don’t leave me with a “chemical” feeling on my skin.

    I love cloth pads because they are so pretty and there is so much choice of style, fabric, designs – and they never stick to my knickers and ruin them.

    I love cloth pads because they save me loads of money and work out way cheaper long term than disposables – I have some cloth pads still going strong at over 10 years old!

  5. 10th May 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Their so pretty! Yes to all of your above as well, but they are just so so pretty as well, I thought I would prefer a Menstrual Cup as always preferred tampons to pads before switching and yes I love my MeLuna Shorty, but cloth pads are amazing and did I mention pretty! xx

  6. 10th May 2016 / 4:15 pm

    I most love that you become more closely involved with and aware of what’s going on with your body. Rather than disposing and not looking, you notice things, clots, colour change, volume change. It becomes a relationship you have with your cycle rather than a monthly PITA.

  7. 3rd October 2016 / 6:27 pm

    I never even considered reusable pads. I’ll be looking into these, they sound very useful and are definitely better for the environment.

  8. azul
    6th November 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I personally think a reusable menstrual cup is better than pads because there are no leaks… I made the switch to the cup 5 months ago (I use Calla) and it’s beyond great. I think reusable pads would be better for anyone who wishes to avoid any kind of insertion though.. 🙂 And I totally agree with trstupar! 🙂

  9. 1st January 2017 / 12:47 am

    You know, this is actually something i’ve thought about a few times. It’d be cheaper, better for me and the environment yet i’m still not sure. The thought of being out changing my pad but then having a blood soaked one in my bag is a little concerning for me.

    • 1st January 2017 / 1:14 am

      You would fold it in half an place inside a wetbag that’s designed to hold a pad until you get home 🙂

  10. hannah
    1st January 2017 / 12:16 pm

    I never get periods so i never have to use pads of tampons. When i used to get periods i would never go for pads as i didn’t like the feel of sitting in my own blood. Much preferred tampons as they felt a lot cleaner and you couldn’t feel them either. I guess reusuable ones sound like a good idea though

  11. 1st January 2017 / 12:22 pm

    I’ve recently changed to cloth sanitary pads and wish I had sooner. They are definitely more comfortable and it made sense for me as I use cloth nappies with my son.

  12. 1st January 2017 / 3:51 pm

    These seem like a really good idea and good for the environment. Luckily for me I no longer need them. I can see making these reusable sanitary pads would be a good business as more people are going green.

  13. 1st January 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Never tried them but would certainly consider it! I used reusable breast pads and they were amazing! xxxx

  14. 1st January 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I have been reading your posts about these but I’m not quite sure whether I’m ready to give up the disposable sanitary pads just yet although I should probably swap them for these. I have an extremely heavy flow which means I need to change very often and I’m not sure if these could cope with it.

    • 1st January 2017 / 10:11 pm

      Cloth often out performs disposable pads. Many endo sufferers with extremely heavy periods switched to cloth to be able to manage the flow better 🙂

  15. 1st January 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I have never considered changing to reusable but after checking out your blog I will give it a go in 2017. Happy New Year!

  16. 1st January 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I have never heard of reusable pads and I’m quite intrigued by them! I will definitely be looking into these! x

  17. 2nd January 2017 / 1:17 am

    Its so great that people have the option of reusable pads and disposable sanitary pads 🙂 xxx

  18. 2nd January 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I’ve heard so much about these, but I’ve not given them a go yet x

  19. 2nd January 2017 / 7:02 pm

    I’ve only just heard about reusable pads recently and thinks it’s a great idea to save money!

  20. 3rd January 2017 / 2:15 pm

    These are such a great idea, I recently nearly got a moon cap to in order to reduce cost and reduce waste. Glad I got to read this post though xx

  21. 3rd January 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I have seen several reviews recently about cloth pads. I think they are an amazing idea, and so much better for the environment. I am lucky that I don’t have regular periods but it would also be handy to have one of these in your bag or at home.

  22. Jennifer durrans
    3rd January 2017 / 8:08 pm

    This is such an interesting concept! Will surely look into this without a doubt!!

  23. 24th January 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I’m so glad I found this post – thank you! I actually had no idea that reusable cloth pads existed, but I’m sold already, will be looking into it! I hate tampons and normal pads can be so uncomfortable and just aren’t good for your parts or the environment, I’m so glad there’s alternatives!

  24. 12th February 2017 / 1:12 pm

    I’ve never used something like this before but I do love that it’d save money and that you’ll never run out!

    Julia

  25. 11th May 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I was already thinking about them. The normal pads make me unbelievably itchy and my skin haaates them! I will try this cloth and organic cotton pads as well. Lovely post!

  26. 20th May 2017 / 6:11 pm

    I’ve thought about switching to reusable pads before. I probably will once I have the cash for them and move out on my own. Primarily because they’re so much better for the environment.