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10 Best Reusable Pads in 2022 (Environmental Scientist-Reviewed)

Having a period can be pretty messy. On top of the cramps and mood swings, it’s frustrating to know that you spend so much money on chemical-laden pads every month only for it to go straight into a landfill! Luckily, there’s been a resurgence in reusable pads that are better for you, your wallet, and the environment.

But just like disposable pads, there are dozens of brands of reusable pads, and it can be hard to figure out what will work for you. In this article, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started, including Highoh.'s Washable Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Menstrual Pads! And at the end, we’ll go over the different factors to look at when making your choice in our buying guide reviewed by a environmental health and safety scientist.

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Gwen Lynn
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  • Last updated: 08-18-2022
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How to Choose a Reusable Pad – Buying Guide

Picking a reusable pad is, by nature, a very personal decision. So don’t forget to keep your individual needs in mind when looking at the options (even though there are a lot of good-looking brands that might distract you!).

Pick Materials Based on Where They Are in the Pad

Different fibers have different qualities, and to ensure that you’re getting the best functioning pad possible, pay attention to what materials the pad is made from, what purpose they serve, and where they are in the pad.

For Inner Materials, Look for Natural Cotton, Bamboo, or Hemp

For Inner Materials, Look for Natural Cotton, Bamboo, or Hemp
Many people switch to reusable pads because of the irritating chemicals and synthetics in disposable pads. So, for the inner portion of the pad that touches you, it’s best to go with natural materials like cotton, bamboo fiber, or hemp. 

Cotton is the easiest to find and also the cheapest, but bamboo fiber and hemp are a bit more absorbent and odor-resistant.

For Middle and Outer Materials, Synthetics May Be Necessary

For Middle and Outer Materials, Synthetics May Be Necessary
While most pads use natural materials for the portions that touch your skin, they’ll use materials like microfiber and plastic-coated cloths for the middle absorbent layers and outer water-repellent layers. Microfiber is extremely absorbent, and plastic coatings prevent leakage.
For those looking to avoid synthetic materials altogether, keep an eye out for pads that state they are 100% cotton. Note, however, that you might be giving up a little absorbency for a more fully natural pad, and to prevent leakage on heavy days, a little bit of plastic coating might be necessary.

Pick the Right Absorbency and Length

Pick the Right Absorbency and Length

Just like conventional pads, reusable pads are made with different absorbencies and lengths to accommodate different periods. When it comes to absorbency, most won’t tell you exactly how much liquid they can hold (but honestly, do you know how heavy your flow is in numbers?).

However, they will tell you the absorbency based on the normal conventions of light, normal, heavy, and such. As with disposable pads, you might need to get a few different sizes to cover you through the different stages of your period.

If You’re Less Comfortable With Blood, Find a Dark-Colored Pad

If You’re Less Comfortable With Blood, Find a Dark-Colored Pad
One of the hardest parts for a lot of people when deciding to switch to reusable pads is the idea of washing the blood out or having to wear a dirty-looking, stained pad.
Luckily for those who are uncomfortable with that thought, there are several reusable pads that come with a black or dark gray inner lining rather than white. While you’ll still probably be able to tell if it’s stained, it won’t be nearly as jarring and would be much easier to ignore than on a white pad.

Find a Pad That Comes With a Wet Pouch

Find a Pad That Comes With a Wet Pouch

Unlike disposable pads that you can just throw away basically anywhere (anywhere meaning any trash can), you're going to have to take your reusable pad back home with you if you need to change when you’re out and about.

Whether you decide to rinse it out first or just tuck it away, you’re going to need a waterproof pouch to carry it. Many reusable pads actually come with wet pouches, so if this is your first reusable pad and you don’t have a wet pouch yet, check to see if your pad comes with one.

10 Best Reusable Pads

Without further ado, here are our 10 favorite reusable pads. Remember that you’ll likely have to mix and match brands and styles to cater to each stage of your period!


We made our choices based on the points listed in the buying guide below, as well as reviewer comments when available.

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Highoh. Washable Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Menstrual Pad 1

Highoh.

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Rael Organic Cotton Reusable Cotton Pads 1

Rael

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Pixie Cup Soft Reusable Menstrual Pads 1

Pixie Cup

4
think ECO Organic Cotton Cloth Panty Liner Pads 1

think ECO

5
Imse Vimse Reusable Organic Cotton Menstrual Pads with Wings 1

Imse Vimse

6
ReUseLife Washable Cloth Menstrual Pads 1

ReUseLife

7
Langsprit Absorbent Reusable Sanitary Pads 1

Langsprit

8
Wegreeco Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads 1

Wegreeco

9
Jobebe Overnight Charcoal Bamboo Reusable Pads 1

Jobebe

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Love My Bamboo Fiber Menstrual Pads 1

Love My

Name

Washable Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Menstrual Pad

Organic Cotton Reusable Cotton Pads

Soft Reusable Menstrual Pads

Organic Cotton Cloth Panty Liner Pads

Reusable Organic Cotton Menstrual Pads with Wings

Washable Cloth Menstrual Pads

Absorbent Reusable Sanitary Pads

Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads

Overnight Charcoal Bamboo Reusable Pads

Bamboo Fiber Menstrual Pads

Features

Leak-Proof and Slip-Proof Pads That Stay Secure

Fully Organic Cotton for Sensitive Skin

Soft and Absorbent Pads That Stay in Place

Organic and Breathable for Easy Rest

Organic Cotton Flannel for Breathable Light Days

Overnight Pads With Colorful Designs

Thick, Leak-Resistant, and Budget-Friendly Reusable Pads

Absorbent Pads With an Adjustable Fit

Super-Long, Super-Absorbent Overnighters

Extra-Long for Light Overnights

Price$29.99$32.99$19.95$50.00$17.00$15.99$11.99$12.99$30.99$16.96
MaterialsBamboo, PULOrganic cotton, PUL coatingBamboo, microfiber, PULOrganic cotton, mulberry, PULOrganic cotton, PULCharcoal bamboo, microfiber, waterproof PULBamboo, microfiber, PULBamboo, microfiber, PULBamboo, microfiber, PULBamboo fiber, microfiber
AbsorbencyMedium to heavyLightMediumMediumLightModerate to heavyMediumMedium to heavyHeavyLight to medium
Length9 in.7.5 in.10 in.15.3 in.7.5 inches16 in.9.2 in.9.5 in.14 in.12 in.
Pad colorGrayBrownBlackWhiteWhiteBrownBlackBlackBlackWhite
Wet pouchYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesNoYes
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Highoh.Washable Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Menstrual Pad

6 pack

$29.99

MaterialsBamboo, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium to heavy
Length9 in.
Pad colorGray
Wet pouchYes
2

RaelOrganic Cotton Reusable Cotton Pads

3 pack

$32.99

MaterialsOrganic cotton, PUL coating
AbsorbencyLight
Length7.5 in.
Pad colorBrown
Wet pouchNo
3

Pixie CupSoft Reusable Menstrual Pads

5 pack

$19.95

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium
Length10 in.
Pad colorBlack
Wet pouchYes
4

think ECOOrganic Cotton Cloth Panty Liner Pads

5 pack, 2XL

$50.00

MaterialsOrganic cotton, mulberry, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium
Length15.3 in.
Pad colorWhite
Wet pouchNo
5

Imse VimseReusable Organic Cotton Menstrual Pads with Wings

3 pack

$17.00

MaterialsOrganic cotton, PUL
AbsorbencyLight
Length7.5 inches
Pad colorWhite
Wet pouchNo
6

ReUseLifeWashable Cloth Menstrual Pads

3 pack

$15.99

MaterialsCharcoal bamboo, microfiber, waterproof PUL
AbsorbencyModerate to heavy
Length16 in.
Pad colorBrown
Wet pouchYes
7

LangspritAbsorbent Reusable Sanitary Pads

7 pack

$11.99

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium
Length9.2 in.
Pad colorBlack
Wet pouchYes
8

WegreecoBamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads

5 pack

$12.99

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium to heavy
Length9.5 in.
Pad colorBlack
Wet pouchYes
9

JobebeOvernight Charcoal Bamboo Reusable Pads

10 pack

$30.99

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyHeavy
Length14 in.
Pad colorBlack
Wet pouchNo
10

Love MyBamboo Fiber Menstrual Pads

6 pack

$16.96

MaterialsBamboo fiber, microfiber
AbsorbencyLight to medium
Length12 in.
Pad colorWhite
Wet pouchYes

How to Keep Your Reusable Pads Clean and Stain-Free

How to Keep Your Reusable Pads Clean and Stain-Free
While stains don’t affect the effectiveness or longevity of your pad, it can certainly feel a lot better to have stain-free pads. Before putting your pad into the laundry, wash it out with cold water. The important thing here is cold water–hot water will set the stain. If it seems like the stain might be a bit tough, treat it with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for 5 minutes.
If you have enough pads to get you through the next batch of laundry, just put it into the hamper and wash it in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry. To wash by hand, just soak it overnight in a bucket with a touch of detergent, rinse, and hang it in the sun to dry the next day. Sunlight kills bacteria!

Stay in Control of Your Flow With These Products

You can get through this cycle! Just stock up on these supplies and you'll be back to normal in no time.

Buying Guide Reviewed by Environmental Health and Safety Scientist Gwen Lynn

Gwen Lynn
Environmental Health & Safety Scientist
Gwen Lynn

This expert reviewed the contents of the buying guide for accuracy and provided factual corrections when necessary. They did not participate in the product selection process, nor are they affiliated with any of our choices unless explicitly stated so.

Author: Jacqueline Oshiro


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