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Top 10 Best Reusable Pads to Buy Online 2020

Having a period can be pretty infuriating. 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 guide, we’ll go over the different factors to look at when making your choice. At the end, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started.
  • Last updated: 10-30-2019
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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.

Know Your Flow–Pick the Right Absorbency and Length

Know Your Flow–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, etc.
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.

For Changing on the Go, Find a Pad that Comes with a Wet Pouch

For Changing on the Go, 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), if you need to change your reusable pad when you’re out of the house, you’re going to have to take it back home with you after.
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.

Top 10 Best Reusable Pads to Buy Online

Now that you know what to look for, 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.

10. Love My Bamboo Fiber Menstrual Pads (Set of 6)

$16.96

MaterialsBamboo fiber, microfiber
AbsorbencyLight to medium
Length12 inches
Pad ColorWhite
Wet PouchYes

9. Jobebe Overnight Charcoal Bamboo Reusable Pads (Set of 10)

$37.00

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyHeavy
Length14 inches
Pad ColorBlack
Wet PouchNo

8. Wegreeco Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads (Set of 5)

$15.99

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium to heavy
Length9.5 inches
Pad ColorBlack
Wet PouchYes

7. Langsprit Absorbent Reusable Sanitary Pads (Set of 6)

$13.99

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium
Length9.2 inches
Pad ColorBlack
Wet PouchYes

6. WillowPads Cloth Menstrual Pad

$10.95

MaterialsOrganic cotton and hemp
AbsorbencyLight to medium
Length9 inches
Pad ColorBlack
Wet PouchNo

5. Imse Vimse Reusable Organic Cotton Menstrual Pads (Set of 3)

$18.50

MaterialsOrganic cotton, PUL
AbsorbencyLight
Length7.5 inches
Pad ColorWhite
Wet PouchNo

4. Thinkeco Organic Cotton Hanji Reusable Menstrual Pads (Set of 5)

$49.00

MaterialsOrganic cotton, mulberry, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium
Length15.3 inches
Pad ColorWhite
Wet PouchNo

3. Pixie Cup Soft Reusable Menstrual Pads (Set of 5)

$19.95

MaterialsBamboo, microfiber, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium
Length10 inches
Pad ColorBlack
Wet PouchYes

2. Hesta Organic Cotton Washable Pantyliners (Set of 3)

$19.99

MaterialsOrganic cotton, PUL coating
AbsorbencyLight
Length7.75 inches
Pad ColorBrown
Wet PouchNo

1. Highoh. Washable Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Menstrual Pad

$30.99

MaterialsBamboo, PUL
AbsorbencyMedium to heavy
Length9 inches
Pad ColorGray
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!

Summary

So there you have it–a quick guide to finding the right reusable pad for you! Hopefully you’ve found one (or a couple) that you like, and you’re on your way to a more comfortable, eco-conscious cycle.
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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