How to use cloth pads

Cloth pads are similar to disposable ones on usage and are easy to clean. It is a good choice when switching to reusable products.


  1. You are suggested to change cloth pads at least every 2-4 hours for personal hygiene.
  2. Avoid washing with chemical detergent (like bleach and softener) and essential oil, or it may reduce absorbency or cause allergy.
  3. Avoid rubbing or wringing your pad heavily, or it would damage your pad.
  4. Separate hand washing is always recommended to assure better hygiene and to avoid damages from decoloring.
  5. Do not machine dry or iron any cloth pad with a waterproof layer, or it will damage the fabric.
  6. If sundry is not available, you may boil your cloth pads regularly (after normal washing process) for disinfection or soak your pads into a 1:100 water-white vinegar/ECO enzyme dilution for a few hours. Remember to wash your pads thoroughly after the soaking process.

How to use Cloth Pads

  1. Wash and dry thoroughly following the instruction manual before use.
  2. Fasten the snap buttons of your pad around your underwear. Usually the side in uni-colour, thicker and/or with stitches is worn facing your body, and the side with patterns faces your underwear.
  3. Most cloth-made products do not contain adhesive tape. It is inevitable if there is displacement. A well-fitted underwear is always suggested to help holding the pad.
  4. Fold the two ends of your soiled pad towards the middle, and then fasten the buttoned flaps to keep the soiled part inside. Keep the folded pad inside a waterproof pouch or zipper bag and carry it back home for cleaning.

How to wash cloth pads

  • Rinse: Rinse your solid pad under running water until most of the blood and secretions are washed away(water should become clear).
  • Soak: Use neutral household soap to lightly rub the stains and soak it in cold water for about 30 minutes to clean the surface and remove the remaining menses inside the pad(Do not soak in hot water or the blood stains will set on your pad). Adding baking soda can help remove stains. (If the rinsing step is skipped, soak your pad for a longer time. Change a new pot of water every 2 hours to continue soaking until all menses are gone.)
  • Wash: Lightly wash your pad under running water until all detergents and residues are gone.
  • Dry: Lightly wring your pad out and sundry it till it is completely dry.
  • Store: Keep your pad in a pouch and store it in a dry and cool place.

Although cloth pads are similar to disposable pads in usage, you still need time to build up a new habit with them. You might find some difficulties and need to spend a few periods to get used to your pads. Just relax and enjoy this adventure without stress. This is your precious body and it is worth spending time with it.

There is no product that is absolutely safe to use. Please always be aware of your own body condition while using any kind of menstrual products. If you experience a sudden change in smell or texture and colour of your discharge/cervical fluid, vaginal itch or irritation, high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, fainting, rash or any other kinds of symptoms during your period or shortly after, remove your menstrual cup and contact your doctor immediately as there mIght already be an infection such as TSS or other yeast infection.

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