I'm new to cloth pads where do i start ?
Firstly, you are the expert on your flow, only you can decide which is the best length and absorbency that suits your needs.
As a starting point, a regular disposable is around 9" long, measure the brand you currently use if you're unsure.
Then decide if you want something shorter or longer than that.
What length helps you feel both comfortable and secure ?.
Our pads range from 6" - 12" in length and come in a full range of absorbency.
Liners are suitable for normal daily discharge and for your everyday comfort.
Lights are for the lighter days of a cycle, or to wear in the lead up to a period. Some people use these as a back up to their menstrual cup.
Regular pads are the choice of most people with an average flow.
Heavy pads for an above average flow.
Up to this point you will have an idea of what length and absorbency of pad you want to try.
Then there is the topper material to choose, the one that is worn next to your skin.
Cotton comes in a great variety of patterns and colours, and has a cool feel to it.
Jersey feels like t-shirt material, it allows fluid to pass through quickly into the absorbent core, is still quite cool to wear and comes in loads of great designs.
OBV is organic bamboo velour, a highly absorbent fabric which has a luxury feel to it, it's also hypo allergenic and anti bacterial, great for gushy flows
It is important to us to be transparent about what is in our pads, and why we use what we do.
Liners have a single full layer of flannel
Lights have a full layer of flannel and a shaped core of zorb 1
Regulars have a full layer of flannel and a shaped core of SHBF (super heavy bamboo fleece)
Heavy pads have a full layer of flannel and two shaped cores of SHBF
Our regular liners have a non slip corduroy backer, or ProSoft® Organic Cotton Jersey LITE 1 mil PUL Silverdur™ on request.
Our pads have ProSoft® Organic Cotton Fleece Waterproof 1 mil PUL
Our specialist materials are manufactured by Wazoodle fabrics in the USA.
The next thing to decide would be how many you think you will need.
This will depend on your flow and lifestyle. How heavy your flow is and how often you are going to be washing them.
Some people can manage with just three pads, one in use, one in the wash, and one drying.
Some of us have huge stashes of all styles and types.
It really is up to you.
Why switch to cloth pads?
Comfort has got to be one of the best reasons for the switch.
Cloth pads are super soft and absorbent and don't contain any chemicals, which makes them better for you, and the environment.
Women have reported having lighter and less painful periods since using cloth, and with no rash or irritation.
They can be made to your choice of size and absorbency, and you get to decide what fabric you prefer next to your skin.
Your skin absorbs whatever is put on it, thats how face creams or body lotions work,
but the harmful chemicals that go into the making of disposable sanitary towels are against a most sensitive area of your body.
No single use plastics heading into landfill. You wash and reuse them so zero waste in the environment.
It's worth giving cloth a try, to see for yourself.
What are they made from ?
All of our materials are new.
With Annie Verdi pads it's the soft pretty side that is worn next to your skin.
We use patterned cottons or jersey, and organic fabrics like bamboo velour, which is hand dyed, and our undyed or bare organics.
The core or inner layers are manufactured by Wazoodle Fabrics in the USA.
They specialise in absorbent and organic materials. We use different combinations to create the right absorbency for your needs.
The backer is Wazoodle ProSoft® Organic Cotton Fleece with hidden PUL, (polyurethane laminate).
This is a waterproof layer, it allows your skin to breath but prevents leaks.
In liners we use corduroy as a backer, liners do not contain PUL unless requested by you.
We will always look for new specialist materials to update our pads,
our aim is to keep them as absorbent and thin as possible without compromising our ideals of natural healthy products.
Will cloth pads leak?
By using the best quality absorbent fabrics available we hope to eliminate any problems with leaking.
Making sure you're in the right absorbency of pad helps too.
All of our pads have indicator tags sewn into them with between one and four drops on.
A heavy pad will easily absorb a light flow, but a light drop pad will not cope well with a heavy flow.
We can all get caught out by an unexpectedly heavy period, and even disposables leak when that happens.
As with everything, once it has reached its saturation point it will leak.
However, the beauty of cloth pads is that you don't have to keep a pad on to feel like you're getting your moneys worth.
Change the pad whenever you begin to feel uncomfortable.
Wash the pad, dry it and its ready to reuse again and again.
After using your cloth pads rinse off any blood in cold water, not hot as that will set the stain.
Wash as normal on a 30° or 40° wash load.
NEVER use any fabric softener with cloth pads.
Softener is designed to smooth out fibres, and this makes liquids run off, and makes them less absorbent.
Pads can be tumble dried on a low heat cycle, but they are best line dried in the fresh air, sun and wind.
The sun helps to naturally fade out any stubborn stains. Solar and wind power are free, so a further saving for you.
So simply rinse in cold water, machine wash, no softener and line dry.
Sustainable zero waste periods.
One of the many benefits of reusable cloth pads is that you really can have a product made just for you.
Our products are made using the best quality new materials, and everything is handmade in the UK.
We are a plastic free approved business, and hold a plastic free champion award from surfers against sewage.
We post out using Royal Mail 1st class, to ensure you receive your order as quickly as possible.
All orders are posted out in recyclable or home compostable packaging.