Do you do custom work?
Not at the moment. I work hard to provide a good assortment of in-stock items in hopes that you will find what you need! Please get in touch if there is something you'd like to see in stock and I'll do my best to accommodate.
Which side of the pad is up?
The side with the channels faces your body, and the label side sits against your underwear.
How long will my pads last?
Your cloth pads are designed to last a long time; anywhere from 2-5 years (maybe longer!) depending how often they are used and washed.
Do these pads shift around?
All pads should be worn with snug-fitting undies (preferably cotton) to ensure a proper fit. Pads with wings snap in place, sitting in the natural curve of your underwear. If you are experiencing shifting with a winged pad, it's likely you're trying to wear it too far to the front or back, and it's moving back to the middle. Try choosing a longer pad or one with offset wings (one end of the pad longer than the other) to get coverage in the right spot. On wingless pads, the friction of the pad and underwear fabrics back-to-back is enough to keep the pad in place. The only time you should need to re-adjust (and be careful it doesn't fall into the toilet or on the floor!) is when you go to the washroom.
Fleece, flannel, quilters cotton, hemp, bamboo...HELP!!
Microfleece/polyester fleece is not absorbent, but wicks moisture away into the core below helping you feel dry. It is very soft and warm against your skin. Excellent stain resistance. Not as breathable as natural fibres.
Cotton flannel is absorbs well and is breathable, a great choice for sensitive skin. It can feel damp.
Quilters cotton is cool and breathable especially in summer months. Great for sensitive skin. It can feel damp to the touch but is fairly thin, so it doesn't hold too much moisture.
Organic hemp fleece is soft, absorbs and wicks moisture quickly, is naturally breathable. Its fluffy nature makes it drier feeling than more tightly woven materials.
Organic bamboo velour is luxuriously soft against the skin. Like hemp fleece, it wicks moisture.
Organic bamboo fleece is very soft and smooth, and absorbs quickly. It also wicks to help you feel dry.
How many pads do I need?
This is a tough question since every woman is different. It depends on several factors; how often you do laundry, how often you change your pads, whether your flow is light, medium, heavy, etc. I recommend starting off with a small selection of different sizes and absorbencies, and add to your collection as you learn what works.
What fabric is best for sensitive skin?
For sensitive skin, cotton or hemp pads are the best answer. These fabrics offer excellent breathability. You can also order your pads without a waterproof barrier for even more breathability.
These pads seem expensive.
There is definitely an initial investment with cloth pads. However since they are made to last several years, you do save money in the long run compared with buying disposable products.
Cloth pads sound like a good idea, but I just can't imagine washing them. Isn't it gross?
Storing and washing cloth pads is really very easy. Soak them until wash time, changing the water daily, and wash alone or with your other laundry. They can be line or machine dried. Detailed care instructions are always included with your first order.
What kind of snaps do you use?
I use KAM brand polyacetal resin (plastic) snaps, applied with an industrial snap press.
If you have any questions about cloth pads, feel free to contact me! I will do my best to help :)