Sanitary Towel Information - Etsy Shop

All you need to know about using my Sanitary Towels!

What’s in them?

A very good question! My sanitary towels contain 4 major ingredients for your comfort and security – don’t want any leakage and slipping around when in use.

 
·      Cotton – I use cotton on both the top (the bit that is closest to your skin) and the bottom (the bit that’s on your pants!). I use the best quality I can get my hands on because it’s got to be soft and fairly thick to withstand washing and also it’s got to be nice against your lady bits!

·      An absorbent core – This is the work horse of the pad. The bit that soaks up all that blood. I use two types of absorbent fabric.
  • Bamboo Terry – a natural towelling fabric that is thin and light. I use it on my make up remover pads too, it’s that soft. The one I use is organic too and Oeko-Tex certified.
  • Zorb – As in ab-ZORB-ent. This stuff is great at sucking up lots and lots. It can replace 3 layers of bamboo terry. It sucks up 20 times as fast and 10 times as much
·      A waterproof layer – PUL – Whilst not strictly necessary, I like my towels to have a waterproof layer sewn in and this is really thin and light. It sits under the absorbent core and on top of the backing cotton. PolyUrethane Laminate is recyclable.

·     Snap fasteners – I use KAM snaps to secure the pads to your pants. No itchy Velcro or the horrible sticky stuff you get on disposables.

How do I wear them?

Just as you would a disposable pad, only don’t throw them away! Place the pad on your pants as you would a disposable and snap the wings on underneath. When you need to change it, simply unsnap and fold the pad into the middle covering the blood and snap the fasteners round it on top. You now have a little packet you can pop into a bag or your laundry basket ready to wash. Pop your clean one on and off you go!


But what do I do when I’m not at home?

Fear not! All you do is keep a spare pad in a little waterproof lined pouch in your bag. It’s like a disposable just a little bit thicker. Change in the toilets wherever you are and put the used towel folded up in the bag for when you get home.


Is washing them not a pain?

Not at all! You just need to get into a slightly different routine. I deal with mine every day I’m using them. I find it’s best to rinse them in cold water first before washing. This will minimise staining. 

You could keep them in a bucket of cold water as well. Just make sure it’s got a lid in case of inquisitive children! Also remember to keep a decent amount of water in it. This is an absorbent pad and I put mine in the sink once without enough and they soaked up all the water! 

Then to wash them in the machine, put them in a laundry mesh bag and wash them at up to 60oC. You can dry them in the tumble dryer on a low heat, but line or rack drying is much better for the environment. Don’t use bleach and don’t use fabric softeners. 

You should wash your pads before you first use them. They increase in absorbency as you wash.

How many will I need?

A lot will depend on your period. You may have an extremely heavy and short period of 4 days, or a light and long one of up to 7. You need to think about your period. I would recommend around 20-25 of various absorbencies. If you go through 5 a day, that will last you 5 days and you will wash them in between. You don’t have to buy them all at once either. You can make the switch over gradually. Just using one less disposable a day is a really great start!

Pad absorbencies and sizes

These are the sizes and absorbencies I’ve been using and finding work for me. I tend to wear Heavy and Medium most of the time. Although Heavy only has one layer of additional absorbency, it is longer to give additional coverage and will soak up more. The joy of making pads is that I can make any absorbency in any length. If you want shorter and thicker, I can do it for you!

Pad Name
Length
Layers of Bamboo
Layers of Zorb
Total Layers of Absorbency
Snap colour
Pantiliner
8.5 inches
1
0
1
Green
Light
9 inches
2
0
2
Yellow
Medium
10.25 inches
1

1
4
Orange
Heavy
11.75 inches
2
1
5
Red
Super
11.75 inches
1
2
7
Blue

How much will they cost?

The prices will vary dependent on length and number of layers. It is also easier to make in bulk sets so my prices will be as follows:

Pad Name
Length
Individual
Pack of 5
Pantiliner
8.5 inches
£9.00
£35.00
Light
9 inches
£10.00
£40.00
Medium
10.25 inches
£11.00
£45.00
Heavy
11.75 inches
£12.00
£50.00
Super
11.75 inches
£13.00
£55.00

You will save £10 on a pack of 5.

I’ll also be offering three additional packs:
  • Starter - which will have one of each size from pantiliner up to super for £45.00, saving £10 overall on the individual prices. This is a good way to see and try out the different sizes.
  •  LMH – Light, Medium and Heavy – 5 of each, making 15 pads in total for £139.00. That’s an extra £5 saving on the 5 pack prices (£144.00). These are the ones I use most often and if you wash and dry every day and night, you may not need to buy additional.
  • Pantiliner – A set of 7 pantiliners. One for every day of the week for £48.00. Saving £15 on the individual prices.
All prices include shipping to the UK. Any purchases over $35 USD will have free shipping.
All multipack buys will include a little pouch for taking pads out and about.

Crikey, that’s a bit pricey!

Sure, but it’s me in my sewing space making them and I keep my profits as low as possible because I really want women to make the switch. I started my period when I was 12. I’m now 42. I’ve only ever missed 20 months (pregnancies!) Seriously, I started again about a month after both children were born (and I breast fed both exclusively so let’s get that myth out of the way – lol!). That’s 30 years of me throwing away stuff I didn’t need to. Given family history, I expect to have them for another 10 years potentially. Your average pad, with care, should last you 5 years, if not more – some websites I’ve read have women using them for 10 years. That’s a lot of life for your pads and a lot of disposables saved from landfill.

Cloth sanitary pads are so much more comfortable to wear and some users also say it reduces pain and also the length of their cycle.

My brain’s a bit boggled!

Too much information all at once? I’m always happy to answer questions and find solutions. I’m on Instagram, Facebook and through Etsy. Just look for Bagageddon.

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