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How long do New Moon Pads last?
New Moon Pads cloth pad life expectancy is approximately 10 years under normal use in a regular pad rotation estimated using a pad stash of 20 to 25 pads. One New Moon Pad = 150 to 200 disposable pads!
Are cloth menstrual pads hard to care for?
Not at all. Just toss them in with your regular laundry. They don’t need to be washed separately and there’s no need to pre-soak unless you want to.
Do I need to wash the pads before their first use and, if so, how many times?
Yes, pads need to be washed prior to their first use to remove any fabric sizing and maximize their absorbency. One washing should be fine and then they’re good to go.
Will regular laundering get them clean?
Should pads be washed in hot or cold water?
Hot water can set blood stains so cold water for washing cloth pads is recommended. They get just as clean...plus you save energy and money.
I’ve been told not to use fabric softener on cloth menstrual pads. Why is that?
Fabric softener coats fabric and decreases the absorbency factor so it’s not recommended for items such as cloth menstrual pads and cloth diapers.
I travel a lot and worry about metal detectors and privacy. Do you have any suggestions?
New Moon Pads are made with poly resin KAM snaps so there is no metal at all (metal detectors is one of the reasons I went with non metal snaps). For discreetly carrying extra pads, I suggest putting them in pad pouches in a makeup bag. Even if it's opened by the inspector they usually don't dump it out, just look inside, so they should be safe from other prying eyes. And if questioned you can tell them they're makeup application/removal pads. :o)
Comfort is important to me. How comfortable are cloth pads compared to disposable pads?
Cloth pads vs disposable pads is like comparing soft flannel jammies to those awful scratchy paper gowns that doctors’ offices use. I don’t know about you but I’ll take the soft flannel every time. New Moon Pads are so soft and comfortable you’ll hardly even know you’re wearing one.
What about bulk? Are cloth pads bulkier than disposables?
Some brands can be but not New Moon Pads. They’re designed to be highly absorbent while exceptionally trim so they’re actually less bulky than disposable pads and most cloth pads on the market today.
I hate the clammy feel of disposable pads. Do cloth pads feel the same way?
No. Cloth pads absorb the moisture down into the fabric layering and keep you feeling dry and comfortable. Plus flannel, cotton, and fleece (the main fabrics I use) are all breathable fabrics that keep you cool and comfortable without the sweaty, clammy feeling.
Is there much of an odour when using cloth pads?
Very little. You’ll find cloth pads actually have a lot less (and different) odour than disposables. The chemicals and dioxins used in disposables take on an unpleasant odour when used that even perfumed disposables can’t cover. You don’t get this problem when using cloth. With cloth it’s more natural, not unpleasant at all.
Disposable pad manufacturers recommend changing pads every 4 to 6 hours. How long can you wear a cloth pad before you need to change it?
How often to change cloth pads depends on your flow at the time. With light flow you can go hours, panty liners all day, but if your flow is heavy you would need to change them more frequently. You'll get used to being able to tell when a pad needs to be changed. I personally prefer to change them more often as I like the clean soft comfort of a fresh pad and the charm is that it doesn't cost any extra to change them as often as you would like, whereas with disposables each pad you toss in the trash costs both financially and environmentally.
What stops your pads from leaking through?
High absorbency double brushed flannel comprises the inner absorbency layering of my pads. They’re more absorbent than disposables and the fleece backing is a breathable leak-proof layer that keeps moisture locked in the pad. Many cloth pad makers use non breathable PUL (polyurethane laminate) as their leak barrier. I use only breathable Polartec fleece as the leak barrier in my pads, the same quality fleece used in high end sports wear.
No matter what I do, or what pad brand I use, I always tend to leak over the sides. Is there anything you can recommend?
Some women tend to side leak no matter what they try. I would suggest the Ultra Pads. They’re specifically designed for women with this problem. The sherpa fleece backing wraps around to the front on the sides to form leak resistant gussets. They’re a wee bit bulkier than the classic pads but they work wonderfully to prevent side leaks.
What do I do with used pads when I’m out and about?
When out and about, put used cloth pads into a wet bag or a regular Ziploc bag. Wet bags can be washed, dried and reused. Ziplocs can be rinsed out and used over and over and then can be recycled when they wear out. Discreetly carry clean ready to use pads in an opaque drawstring bag. If using a Ziploc for used pads, it can be placed inside the cotton bag as well. Nobody but you will know what’s in there. When you get home, just toss the used pads into your pad pot or laundry, reload your carry bag with clean pads, a clean wet bag (I keep two handy...one being washed and one ready to use) and you’re ready for your next excursion.
What about traveling? I’m not sure how traveling with cloth pads would work.
New Moon Pads are actually very easy to care for while traveling. If you don’t have access to a laundry facility they can be washed out easily by hand and hung to dry from a shower curtain rod or a hanger using cloth pad drying straps. Just rinse the pads until the water runs clear, wash by hand in the sink with mild soap making sure to rinse them well afterward, ring them out well and hang them to dry. Another really easy way to clean them is put them on the floor of the shower while you take your shower and walk all over them (yup...they can take it), then just a quick hand scrub and rinse and that's it. All you need to bring extra are a few drying straps and/or clothes pins to hang them with and you're good to go. If you're camping, tent lines work great as a clothesline or hang them from small tree limbs using the drying straps (if you're not shy). Most people wouldn't even have a clue anyway as to what they are...just tell them they're pot holders. ;o)
I'm interested in switching to cloth pads but I'm an avid cyclist and I worry about the discomfort of having snapped wings.
Under normal circumstances you wouldn't even know the snaps are there, though when cycling I recommend the wingless pads to minimize pressure points as with prolonged pressure you may get the "Princess and the Pea" effect (notice small irritations that you normally wouldn't). When going with wingless for cycling, go with a little bit longer pad than you normally would to help keep it in place.
Where are New Moon Pads products manufactured?
All New Moon Pads products are designed and manufactured in house in Comox, British Columbia, Canada using supplies sourced from Canada and the USA. Only new high quality premium fabrics are used in the manufacture of all New Moon Pads products. As a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) run business you will always receive the personal touch.
Why are New Moon Pads only available through New Moon Pads online?
. This way the middle man is bypassed and overhead is kept low so savings can be passed along directly to the customer. Which also means I am able to offer free shipping to all my customers worldwide. And who better to answer any questions than the actual designer?
I have a few pads I purchased from you almost 10 years ago and am starting to consider how to properly dispose of them. Obviously, I want to choose an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of them. Do you have any ideas/suggestions?
When it comes time to dispose of reusable pads the cotton is biodegradable but the leak resistant fleece backing is not (it's made from recycled soda bottles so is already on the "reuse" segment of its life cycle). If the pads still work well for leak resistance you can donate them to a women's shelter (after thorough laundering, of course) or to someone who may be interested in switching to cloth but currently can't afford it. If wanting to completely dispose of them, use scissors to cut through the stitching around the pad and remove the fleece backing so that the cotton tops and centres can be biodegraded. The fleece itself is currently not recyclable at this time (though strides are being made in that area so hopefully in the near future) and will need to be discarded. I recently had a client craigslist a bunch of her older pads for free and she had more takers than she had pads! Warms the cockles of a pad-makers heart. :D
Did You Know?
Using cloth pads can potentially decrease your flow, period discomfort, skin irritation, and risk of yeast infections. Most women report that switching to cloth has made most or all of these changes in their monthly cycle.
Cloth pads pay for themselves in just 1-2 years from the cost of disposables and last up to 10 years, which means you get 8-9 years of cost free menstrual protection.
Cloth pads are far more comfortable and gentle against sensitive skin than scratchy paper disposables, and putting a cloth pad on straight from the dryer while it’s still warm (or leaving it in the sun to warm up) can help ease menstrual cramps.
The average woman will throw away between 10,000 and 15,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. Compare that to cloth. If a woman purchased 20 to 25 cloth pads every 10 years she would have gone through only 80 to 100 cloth pads total.