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No. Cloth Pads Disposable
1. More health and safety concerns. Washable cloth menstrual pads or cloth pads substantially reduce the exposure to those harmful toxins. The whiteness of disposable pad as a result of bleaching process contains dioxin which can caused cancer. The toxicity of dioxin is second only to radioactive waste. The chemical used in producing the disposable pads have linked to cervical and breast cancer, birth defects, infertility, immune system suppression, respiratory problems and many more not to mentioned.
More details on dioxin...
2. Avoid skin irritation in sensitive areas, caused by super-absorbent synthetic materials. It allows your skin to breathe. Causing vaginal irritation, allergies, burning, itching, and frequent yeast infections even though disposable pads may contain chemicals to "keep you dry" or cover up odor or bad smell.
3. More environmental friendly. Save the tree. Cloth pads can easily biodegradable, and will decompose in 1-5years. Lead to unnecessary destruction of trees and wood-pulp beaching produced dioxins end up polluting the environment. More landfill space to be taken up when they are thrown away as garbage after used once moreover they come in or contain plastic packaging.
4. Sustainable and economic in long-run since the cloth pad can last longer for up to 5-10years without replacement. Much expensive in long-run since it is disposable.
5. Washable and allow reuse. Only able to use once.
6. Comfortable because it fits perfectly close to your body. Fabric grips the underwear; do not require glue to stay put. It is breathable and does not cause foul odor or bad smell. Sweaty feeling and foul odor. Sticky tape. Plastic and glue backing on disposable pads reduces air circulation and creates a stagnant environment in which some bacteria thrive, causing vaginal irritation and yeast infections.
7. Come in many colors, prints, and lush fabrics to put a smile on your face. Dull style and design.

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For AIO [All-In-One] cloth pads
  1. Place the label-side of the pad touches the panty.
  2. Fold the wings around the panty.
  3. Fasten the button together.
For pocket style cloth pads
  1. Insert the liner into the pockets, like a letter inside an envelope.
  2. Place the opening side touches the panty.
  3. Snap the pad around the crotch of the panty.
For base holder style cloth pads
  1. Insert or tuck the liner inside the base holder.
  2. Place the print side touches the panty.
  3. Fold the wings over the crotch of the panty and close the snaps.




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Similar to disposable pads, it will leak if left unchanged for too long. However, there are many cloth pads in the market designed to have extra leak resistant sheet to reduce the chance of penetration. You will need to monitor and change your cloth pad as needed to avoid leaking.

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The cloth pad absorbent are superb. It has natural ability to absorb moisture and keep you feeling clean. It is undeniable the absorbency of cloth pad is far better than disposable pads. Different types of fabric used in cloth pad linked closely with the absorbency level. For pocket style cloth pad, you can always top up an additional liner to increase its absorbent level. For AIO [All-In-One], there are many types and level of absorbency makes available for you to choose from light flow to heavy flow as needed.

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There is an interior water resistant carrying bag/wet bag available in the market to place your used cloth pad until you reach home where you can rinse and wash them at your convenient. The wet bag or ziplock bag avoids the soiled pads from drying out as pads left the blood dried on top will create stain, it also to prevent odor or stink.

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Bamboo
  • Natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass.
  • The fiber is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment.
  • Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water.
  • Excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin.
  • Antibacterial qualities. Helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odors.
  • Bamboo fabric is apparently able to retain, even through multiple washings.
  • Bamboo fabric is very soft.
  • Many people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers, such as wool or hemp, do not complain of this issue with bamboo.
Hemp
  • Natural fiber product of the Cannabis sativa plant.
  • Used to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing.
  • Hemp clothing tends to be strong, insulating, absorbent, and durable.
  • Hemp fibers can last up to three times longer than cotton fibers.
Wool/Fleece
  • Dense, warm coat of sheep.
  • Wool is highly flame resistant, highly durable, able to stretch up to 50% when wet and 30% when dry.
  • Wool has excellent moisture wicking properties, pulling moisture into the core of the fiber so that it doesn't feel wet or soggy to the wearer.
  • Uniquely thin fibers, does not retain odors - bacteria cannot find a solid surface to grow on, thus making it anti-microbial, as well.
  • It also is hypoallergenic.
Flannel
  • Soft, light woven fabric, typically made out of wool, and sometimes combined with cotton or synthetic fibers.
  • Use to make lightweight, warm clothing particularly sleepwear, and bed sheets.
Jersey
  • Type of knit textile made from cotton or a cotton and synthetic blend.
  • The fabric is warm, flexible, stretchy, and very insulating. Commonly uses in t-shirts and winter bedding.
  • The fabric can stretch up to 25% percent along its grain.
Terry
  • Fabric that features loops and soft piles of yarns, resulting in very absorbent, moisture wicking material.
  • Commonly used for bath towels, hand towels and the like.
  • The way the fabric is made is perfect for drying off the body after baths, showers or swimming.
Velour
  • Velour is a knit, it is highly stretchy. The fabric is often chosen for workout and casual wear.
  • Velour is typically made from cotton, which makes it plushy, easy to care for, and affordable.
Microsuede
  • Suede is a kind of leather with a smooth, velvet-like surface.
  • Generally, it is created from either the inner split or the flesh split of a piece of leather.
  • Easy to care for and durable.
  • Stain resistance.
  • Ease of cleaning.
Cotton
  • Natural fiber harvested from the cotton plant.
  • Cotton is somewhat flammable, especially lighter cottons that hold a lot of air.
  • It can also be turned into flannel, corduroy, muslin, and a variety of other fabrics used universally.
  • It carries environmental controversy, particularly in the developing world, where dangerous pesticides are heavily employed.
  • It is soft and absorbent.
  • Cotton can absorb up to 27 times its own weight in water.
[Source from wiseGEEK]

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Below are some link showing on how the cloth pad been made.
Pocket style:
Steps making the pocket style cloth pads

AIO style:
Steps making the AIO style cloth pads - Link 1
Steps making the AIO style cloth pads - Link 2

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No. Styles Features Example
1. AIO - [All-In-One]
  • Simplest design.
  • One piece without any inserts or liners.
  • Absorbency can not be customized.
  • Available in many different specialized absorbencies.
  • Often backed with water-resistant or no-leak material.
all-in-one style
2. Pocket / Envelope Holder with insert pads
  • Pocket holder with backing made from 2 halves with an opening.
  • Customized absorbency by inserting few pads into the pocket.
  • Entire pad need to change.
  • Easier to machine wash and may dry faster than AIO pads.
pocket style
3. Base Holder with insert liner
  • Base holder wraps around panty
  • Interchangeable liners without changing the base holder.
  • Customized absorbency by using more absorbent liners over the base holder.
  • Easier to machine wash and may dry faster than AIO pads.
base holder style
[Source from clothpads wikidot]

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  1. Rinse pad in cold water until the water runs clear and any blood spots have been rinsed off.
  2. Gently rub surface (fabric against fabric) with soap/salt to remove stain.
  3. Add few drops of vinegar and soak in pail.
  4. Wash together with mild detergent during laundry.
  5. Dry under hot sun.

Vinegar is a safe and natural way to help remove soap and chemical build up, help remove stains, make colors last longer and as disinfectant. It also helps to neutralize odor or stink. However, the vinegar may weaken the elastic of the fabric when repeatedly used.

Avoid using softener and chlorine bleach as this can cause a loss of absorbency and degrade the natural fabrics.

Avoid washing with hot water as the hot water can set the stain.

Recommend to clean the pad within 24 hours. Allowing the blood to dry will increase the chance of the pad staining.

Recommend to wash your cloth pad before first wear to remove any possibilities the existent of the cotton natural oil.

More on washing and care tips...

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Yes and no. Multiple wash will increase the absorbency of your new cloth pad. The constructions of the fabric become loose and create more space to catch and hold the blood. Still, the absorbency level will degrade when the live span of the cloth pads increase.

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Organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides. Conventional grown cotton is accountable for almost 25% of all chemical pesticides used in agricultural which caused destructive to the environment and poisoning of lives.

By purchasing organic cloth pads, you are supporting the organic agriculture to eliminate the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, increase the number of beneficial insects and wildlife, all while protecting the health of farmers and communities.

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No. Sizes Flow Volume Length Absorbency
1. Small Light Flow 6" - 8"
2. Medium Normal Flow 9" - 10"
3. Large Heavy Flow 11" - 12"
4. Night Night Flow/Post-Partum 13" - 14"

Cloth pads not only helpful during the cycles, it also works for light incontinence, works for women with vulvodynia, vaginitis or allergies, and good for post-partum.

Vulvodynia, also referred to as "the pain down there" or also as "feminine pain", is chronic discomfort or pain of the vulva, which is the area around the outside of the vagina. [Source from Office Of Research on Women's Health]

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Light incontinence refers to things such as a small wet when you sneeze, laugh or cough (common during pregnancy) and leakage that may occur during sporting activities after you've had babies. Mild incontinence does not include complete loss of bladder control. Cloth pad is perfect for light or mild incontinence.

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Read some of the customer review here:-

User's Experience Link 1
User's Experience Link 2
Customer's Reviews on Facebook
Clothpad Reviews Forum

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The Korea Apparel Testing & Research Institute (KATRI) was established in 1964 as the Inspection Department of the Korea Federation of Knitting Industry Cooperatives. Since then, KATRI has evolved into an industry-wide quality testing, inspection and education institute growing as an internationally-approved testing facility. KATRI provides consumer products testing and inspection service to major manufacturers and retailers based on 40 years experience.

Its main services include inspection, testing and analysis, quality assurance ("Q"Mark), guidance on quality control techniques, technical education and training, cooperative certification and inspection with overseas organizations, and manufacturing and supply of standard reference materials (SRM)

KATRI is equipped with modern testing facilities for textile and apparel products and provides services related to cooperative certification with KS and foreign standards including JIS, ISO, BS, DIN, ASTM, AATCC, FTMS, IWS, CAN, AS, NZ, NF, CPAI and Eco Tex Standard 100 etc.

KATRI was authorized to do testing in 160 items by the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme(KOLAS) of the National Institute of Technology and Quality (NITQ) for meeting the requirement of ISO/IEC 17025 for testing and 17020 for inspection regulations. Also KATRI has been accredited by the GOST-R under Russian Nation Standardization Committee and periodically participates in the comparison and proficiency testing programs.

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Demeter is the brand for products from Biodynamic® Agriculture. Only strictly controlled and contractually bound partners are permitted to use the Brand. A comprehensive verification process insures strict compliance with the International Demeter Production and Processing Standards, as well as applicable organic regulations in the various countries; without a gap, through every step, from agricultural production to processing and final product packaging. Yet, the holistic Demeter requirements exceed government mandated regulations. Not only do they exclude the use of synthetic fertilisers and chemical plant protection agents in agricultural crop production, or artificial additives during processing, but also require very specific measures to strengthen the life processes in soil and foodstuffs. Demeter farmers and processors actively contribute toward the shaping of a future worth living for, creating healthy foods of distinctive tastes, truly "Foods with Character". Demeter - the Brand you can trust.

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It is recommended to choose the color's cloth pad rather than un-dyed cloth pad if you feel irritated with the stain that it may leave on your cloth pad.

Most likely, it will not caused any stain if you direct wash the cloth pads after used without leaving the menses dry on top of the cloth pad itself or left it overnight before wash it.

Brands that provide color's cloth pads are Fussybutt, GladRags, and Momiji Natural while undyed cloth pads can be found at Sckoon, GladRags and Lohan.

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