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Our heavy flow day pads are designed for your heavy days. You will receive 1 random color bamboo topped heavy flow day pad.
They are topped with soft, smooth bamboo velour. A matching water-resistant fleece backing helps to protect your clothing when changed regularly. Tree Hugger Cloth Pads® standard pantyliners measure 7" long by approximately 2.5" wide, the light and heavy day pads measure 9" long by approximately 2.5" wide and night/postpartum pads measure 12" long by 3" wide. They all feature a convenient snap on the wings that hold them securely in place. The snap also allows your pad to be folded into a square to be tucked discreetly in a pocket or purse (except for the postpartum size due to the flared front and back).
Why use cloth menstrual pads?
The reason why people choose cloth pads (or other reusable alternatives) truly depends on the person. For some who suffer from skin sensitivities and allergies, cloth can give them the much needed comfort and relief that disposable pads just can't provide. For others, the money savings or reduced trash heading to the landfills means not only are you not throwing away money but less garbage as well! A win for you and the environment!
How many pads you need comes down to a couple of factors. 1) How often can you do laundry? The fewer pads you have the more often you need to wash and re-use. 2) How heavy is your flow? You will likely find that you change cloth pads just as often as you do disposables so if you know how many disposable pads you use in a day then it will give you an idea of how many cloth pads you will use in a day. Then it comes down to math: How many pads per day x How many days between washing = your "needed" number.
Washing them can be as simple as tossing them in the washing machine! Cloth pads do not need to be washed in a strictly cloth pad or cloth diaper load. If washing with other clothes/towels you may want to pre-rinse depending on your flow. We choose the fabrics that we have so they can last you many years with minimal fuss. Washer safe, dryer safe, no special care needed. Worried about stains? Natural fabrics such as cotton and bamboo stain easier than minky which rarely stains. If stains set in then just place clean wet pads in the sun or you may use a stain remover product on them such as our stain remover bars or peroxide before washing. The biggest wash rule with cloth pads is NO fabric softener! Fabric softener (in the washer OR dryer) will cause your pads to repel instead of absorb.
When you first receive your pads please wash and dry separately once before wearing.
Tree Hugger Cloth Pads® are all made with soft water resistant fleece backing. The fleece not only helps hold the pad in place but it also acts as a barrier to stop leaks. Fleece is breathable but also doesn’t wick the moisture out to your underwear as flannel backed would do and yet is still more breathable then disposable pads made out of paper and plastics. There is no plastic or PUL barrier in our pads so please do make sure you change them often enough. Tree Hugger Cloth Pads® have secure fitting wings that snap in place to hold your pad in place as well as provide side coverage.
Our pads have a hidden inner middle core made of a highly absorbent fabric called Zorb. Zorb is manufactured in the USA to be used in cloth diapers but we love how well it works in pads too! Zorb is non-allergenic and it's one job is to absorb and it does it well! The reason we choose to use Zorb is because of how quickly it absorbs, the large quantity of fluid it can hold and the fact that it is dry in about half a dryer cycle compared to other fabrics that can make pads take two dryer cycles to dry all the way through. Zorb also stays squishy soft after years of use and doesn't get bunchy and stiff like bamboo and cotton cores can.
Zorb absorbs 10 times it's weight in under 2 seconds and soaks up 20 times faster than other material (bamboo, cotton, hemp, knits)
Let's start by saying that all 3 are great options! We choose only the best fabrics that can hold up over time, are easy to wash and are comfortable. Minky is a stain-resistant polyester fabric that is commonly used to make baby blankets. It is so soft you will want to pet them. No joke! Bamboo is a natural fiber that is *almost* as soft as minky but less fluffy. Bamboo absorbs faster than minky but is not stain resistant. Cotton is the coolest (temperature-wise) fabric, it has zero "fluff" to it and may stain but it absorbs quickly. Cotton is a great choice for hot humid climates.
Yes! Since the fabric we use inside our pads actually made for cloth diapers it has super absorption powers! Due to the size of our pads they cannot replace adult diapers but for minor and stress incontinence we have many customers using our pads daily 24/7. Some only need pantyliner absorbency while others have greater needs and prefer our day or night pads. For incontinence use we recommend our bamboo topped pads as they absorb the fastest.
Tree Hugger Cloth Pads® are made with the BEST and most luxurious fabrics that we can find. They are all topped with either minky or bamboo velour. Minky is ultra soft and is stain resistant and they stay looking new even after years of use. Bamboo velour is a natural fiber which is a benefit to many and is also very soft but it can stain and is not as soft as minky but still 100 times better then paper/plastic. By using water resistant fleece for the backing rather then Nylon or PUL fabric you are getting a more breathable pad that will also grip your underwear without slipping around.
Don't worry! We get asked this a lot. The side with the label goes against your underwear. That's it. Put the pad in your underwear label side down and snap the wings around the crotch.
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