Switching to reusables can feel like a big jump, but it doesn’t need to be scary at all. We all have different bodies, and need different things from our sanitary products and that’s why we’ve developed a range of amazing reusable pads to meet different needs. This blog is here to answer your questions about reusable pads and help you find a pad that fits the needs of your body.
What is the difference between a reusable menstrual and disposable pad?
It’s pretty simple really. Reusable pads are made from materials that can be washed and reused, unlike disposables which are designed to be thrown out after one use. One massive benefit of this is that we can use much better quality materials than disposables, so they are kinder to you skin, and you can wear them for longer without changing them. It also works out cheaper for you in the long run and helps the environment, as you’re cutting down on the plastic you throw out.
How do reusable pads work?
Our pad is made up of three layers. The top layer of the pad is super soft, so it feels just like you’re wearing your normal underwear. The technical materials are super absorbent and make sure that the moisture absorbs instantly so it will not feel damp or irritating. The unique style, shape and thinness of the pad makes our pads super comfy and also make sure that the pad will not bunch up or disintegrate throughout the day.
Blood or liquid is absorbed through that soft top layer into the core of the pad where it’ll stay until washed. The core of our pads can absorb much more than a normal disposable pad. As a result, we can keep our pads as thin as any disposable whilst making them much more absorbent. This means you don’t need to worry about a pad line showing through your clothes.
The bottom layer of the pad is waterproof to give you added security that there won’t be any leaks. The black fabric of the pad also means you don’t need to worry about it showing through certain clothing and can make you feel confident.
How does a reusable pad stay in place?
Just like a disposable pad, our pads all have wings to hold them in place. The wings of our pads have poppers on them which you clip together round the bottom of your underwear to hold the pad comfortably in place.
How do you wash and clean reusable period pads?
When you’re ready to wash your reusable pads, just throw them in a cold wash and then dry them on a washing line or put them in a tumble dryer. It really is that easy!
We’ve spoken to a lot of women about what they care about most in their period product, and we’ve designed our pad around that, to make a super-comfortable, discreet pad that you know isn’t going to leak. Our ‘Superstar’ pad is our standard pad. It absorbs 16ml of liquid – the same amount as two disposables or a period cup.
The Little One
Lots of people use liners either when they think their period is starting or coming to an end and we wanted to provide a reusable alternative. It’s a smaller version of our ‘Superstar’ pad, and is perfect if you’re concerned about small leaks, or if you’re not sure you want to commit to reusables as yet but want to give it a try.
Lots of people who use a tampon or a cup also wear a disposable pad, because they worry about leaks. Most of the time this pad is not going to be needed but, if it is, it can absorb as much as a tampon
The Active One
A lot of us also have to worry about leaking urine, whether that’s due to the sports we play or a result of having a baby. Either way, it can stop you being as active as you’d like to be. Many of us wear period pads to absorb this urine, but find them uncomfortable and itchy. This pad is specially designed to let you get active with confidence and in comfort.
The Sleepy One
We all know that horrible feeling of blood on your underwear, PJs and bedsheets. Our nighttime pad is super long and soft, so you won’t even know it’s there, while it makes sure everything stays where it should.
Go to our shop now to get the right pad for you!
The best reusable pad in the UK?
We love our pads, but you don’t just have to take our word for how great they are. Read reviews from our customers – including some who were pretty unsure about the idea of going reusable before they tried ours!
Amy: “Lilypads pads were super comfy and were really well designed to fit the body and aren’t bulky at all.
The main bonus for me was finding an alternative to the usual heavily scented disposable pads. It was always a worry while using disposable pads that I didn’t actually know what chemicals were in them. It was hugely liberating to not have that worry with the reusable pads!”
Shirin: “Honestly, it really isn’t an exaggeration to say these pads are life-changing. the reality is that disposable sanitary products just don’t give you that quality, comfort and security. I’m a menstrual cup user, but like a lot of people, I’m in constant fear of leaks, especially as I work in an all-male office. Using the lilypads reusable panty liners as back up means I’m covered in terms of leaks, and I’m comfortable. Gone are the days of feeling like I’m sitting in a soggy plastic landfill!”