Reusable Sanitary Pad Fabrics
1 commentSunday, 20 December 2020
Reusable sanitary pads come in a variety of fabrics so there will be a pad for you no matter your requirements. We stock pads made of cotton, bamboo, hemp and synthetic fabrics. The drying speed and absorbency will vary depending on the fabric used.
Cotton – natural fabric, very absorbent, breathable, soft, average drying speed
Bamboo – viscose fabric, very absorbent, breathable, soft, very slow drying speed
Hemp – natural fabric, super absorbent but needs more prewashing than other fabrics, soft but can go harder over time, slow drying
Synthetic – Manmade, less absorbent, stays soft even in hard water areas, very quick drying.
It is common to have different pad sizes and pad fabrics for different days in your cycle. For heavier days the more absorbent fabric and longer pads will give you greater protection. We try to include details of absorbency levels for each pad so you can easily compare your choices
Which ever fabric you choose we’re confident you’ll find your reusable cloth pads more comfortable than disposable pads.
Cloth Sanitary Pads Top Fabric
There are a few different types of fabric tops to consider when choosing your CSP. They all have their pro’s and cons.
The main types of fabric toppings are
Jersey Cotton- This topping in commonly seen on our handmade pads. It is a very breathable fabric and if you have sensitive skin then this natural fabric will be a great choice. It can be slow at absorbing so if you have a particularly heavy or gushy flow then you may prefer a different topping. An example of Jersey Cotton Topped are the Red Rags Handmade pads.
Velour (either bamboo or cotton)- Velour is a wonderfully quick absorbing pad making it great for incontinence pads or for Post Partum/very heavy days when you are bleeding heavily. They make great heavy/postpartum toppings but if you are prone to sporadic fast flows then this would make the perfect topping for your pads. An example of these are Mini Vivi Incontinence Pads.
Minky- This is synthetic fabric and one of the quickest absorbing toppings available. It is great for postpartum pads. If you prefer a more natural fabric then I would recommend a velour topping.
Fleece- Fleece is great at helping to stay feeling nice and dry. If you have a light flow, or need it for ovulation then fleece topped can be a great option for you to help you keep feeling dryer for longer. If you are prone to flooding then fleece would not be recommended as it can slow down absorption. An example of fleece topped would be Charlie Banana Original Sanitary Pads
Cloth Pads are an excellent investment and will see you through many years of periods. Read our article "How Long Do Cloth Pads last" read more about their longevity.