Cleaning Cloth Menstrual Pads

Cleaning Cloth Menstrual Pads

Benefits of Using Cleaning Cloth Menstrual Pads

At Moody V, we’re passionate about providing sustainable and comfortable menstrual care solutions. One of the core products we offer is reusable cloth menstrual pads, which come with a host of benefits. Not only are they eco-friendly, reducing waste by being washable and reusable for years, but they also offer unmatched comfort with materials like 100% cotton flannel and terry cloth. Their breathability and rapid drying capabilities ensure a comfortable, odor-reduced experience during your menstrual cycle.

How to Clean Cloth Menstrual Pads Effectively

Cleaning your cloth menstrual pads doesn’t have to be a hassle. Start by rinsing them in cold water to remove blood. After rinsing, you can either hand wash them or toss them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Use a gentle detergent (more on this later) and avoid fabric softeners, as they can decrease the absorbency of the pads. Drying them in the sun not only naturally bleaches away stains but also disinfects the pads.

Types of Cleaning Products for Cloth Menstrual Pads

When cleaning your pads, it’s essential to choose the right products. Strong detergents can be harsh on the fabric and your skin. Opt for gentle, eco-friendly detergents that are free from dyes and fragrances. Enzyme-free and phosphate-free detergents are your best bet to maintain the integrity of the pads and ensure they remain gentle on your skin.

Tips for Maintaining Hygiene with Cloth Menstrual Pads

Maintaining hygiene is paramount when using cloth menstrual pads. Always wash your hands before handling your clean pads. Store your used pads in a wet bag until you’re ready to wash them. This keeps them contained and prevents any odors or stains from spreading. Lastly, ensure your pads are completely dry before storing them away to prevent mold or mildew growth.

Environmental Impact of Using Cloth Menstrual Pads

Switching to cloth menstrual pads can significantly reduce your environmental footprint. Disposable pads contribute to landfill waste and can take centuries to decompose. By choosing reusable pads, you’re not only ensuring a healthier planet but also advocating for sustainable menstrual practices.

Comparison of Cloth Menstrual Pads vs Disposable Pads

Cloth menstrual pads offer several advantages over disposable ones, including cost-effectiveness in the long run, reduced environmental impact, and enhanced comfort. While disposable pads may seem convenient, they often contain synthetic materials and chemicals that can irritate the skin. Cloth pads, on the other hand, are made from natural materials that are gentle on your skin and better for the environment.

Proper Storage of Cloth Menstrual Pads

Storing your cloth menstrual pads correctly is crucial for their longevity. After cleaning and ensuring they’re completely dry, store them in a clean, dry place. Avoid plastic bags as they can trap moisture. Instead, opt for breathable fabric bags or storage containers. This not only keeps them ready for their next use but also prevents any bacterial growth.

Washing Instructions for Cloth Menstrual Pads

For optimal care of your Moody V cloth menstrual pads, follow our recommended washing instructions. Pre-rinse in cold water, wash on a gentle cycle with a gentle detergent, and sun-dry if possible. Avoid using bleach or fabric softener, as this can degrade the fabric and reduce absorbency.

Common Misconceptions About Cloth Menstrual Pads

Many believe that cloth menstrual pads are less sanitary or more hassle than disposable pads. However, with proper care and cleaning, cloth pads are just as hygienic, if not more so, than disposables. They’re also more comfortable and less likely to cause irritation.

Importance of Using Gentle Detergents for Cloth Menstrual Pads

Using a gentle detergent is not only better for your cloth menstrual pads but also for your health. Harsh chemicals can irritate your skin and degrade the fabric of the pads. Opting for eco-friendly and skin-friendly detergents ensures that your pads remain in good condition and are safe for your body.

Cost-Effectiveness of Switching to Cloth Menstrual Pads

While the initial investment in cloth menstrual pads may be higher than buying a pack of disposables, the long-term savings are substantial. Our cloth pads at Moody V are designed to last for years with proper care, meaning you’ll save money in the long run while also contributing to a healthier planet.

At Moody V, we are committed to providing sustainable, comfortable, and inclusive menstrual care products. By choosing our cloth menstrual pads, you’re not only making a healthier choice for yourself but also for the environment. Experience the comfort, reliability, and sustainability of Moody V’s cloth menstrual pads and join us in making a positive impact on the planet.

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Moody Reviews

These pads feel *heavenly* to wear. Soft, barely noticeable but not too lightweight, and they stay in place all day!!! I love them, I can’t wait to get my next paycheck so I can order more. :) these were my first experience with the switch to reusables and I’m very impressed. If anyone else is on the edge of starting this route, GO FOR IT. Especially if you’ve ever suffered from itchiness from those plastic pad materials..this is so much better.


It's my first time buying reusable pads and I'm really happy with this pair. The print and design sold me, but the comfort and reliability have exceeded my expectations. They work for daytime and overnight use with no problems compared to disposable pads. Wish I bought these sooner. They're a total game changer for periods.


Beautiful pattern, expertly stitched, and lovely seller. Beyond happy. Very fast shipping too! Thank you so much!!! ❤️


High-quality, low maintenance reusable pads! Really nice, and they do stain but that can’t really be helped aside from doing a quick handwash before tossing it in the machine. Will definitely be purchasing more in the future!


These are the best!! They are not bulky and the fabric is so comfortable. I have tried shapes and patterns from several of the best selling shops and these are my favorite.


I like that they have metal snaps! The ones I have with plastic snaps do not last as long. I think these will hold up for a few years. Thank you!

Confusion Checkpoint

I know right!? Ok, so cloth menstrual pads are a washable, reusable alternative to disposable pads. Pretty sweet, right?

  • The regular absorbency pads are good for light to moderate flows. They are 100% cotton, with a layer of terry cloth (towel material) inside for absorbency. Cotton is a moisture wicking and breathable fabric, which allows menstrual fluid to dry rapidly, keeping you comfy and dry. This also means that these cloth pads can absorb a surprising amount of fluid!
  • The heavy absorbency pads are perfect for moderate to heavy flows. Heavy pads are longer than regular pads. These pads are primarily cotton, with cotton flannel and terry cloth for absorbency and breathability. Additionally, they have a layer of polyurethane laminate (PUL) inside. This is a waterproof, laminated fabric that protects you from leakage. In the heavy pads, the PUL lining is in the pad core (the part that’s shaped like a peanut)!
  • The overnight cloth pads are great for heavy flows, and for overnight use. Overnight pads are longer than heavy pads, and flare out at each end. These pads are made of cotton flannel, cotton terry cloth, and PUL lining. In the overnights, the PUL lining extends throughout the entire base of the pad, so even the wings are leakproof!

Cloth liners are lovely for really light days, and as a backup for a tampon or menstrual cup. They are made of five layers of cotton. They are soft, barely noticeable, and peace of mind for that bit of protection.

Moody V regular absorbency pads and cloth liners are made with 100% cotton, which makes your down-there oh-so happy. Cotton is a breathable, moisture wicking fabric that creates a difficult environment for yucky bacteria like yeast to grow. 

Disposable pads are mostly synthetic, which is fully not nice to your body. They’re made out of bleached wood pulp (what the?) and non-biodegradable materials.

Moody V’s heavy cloth pads and overnight cloth pads are also primarily cotton. They have a polyurethane lining inside, which keeps moisture from leaking through. This lining is non-biodegradable (I know, it sucks). But remember, you’re not just gonna throw it away, you’ll probably use it like, 100 times.

The regular absorbency pads are made with cotton flannel and cotton terry cloth (like a towel material). Liners are just cotton flannel. Ugh! So simple! Love that!

The heavy cloth menstrual pads and overnight cloth pads are made with cotton flannel, cotton terry cloth, and polyurethane laminate. Ugh! Slightly less simple but still wow amazing and great! Love that!

Look at the “Wh-. . . What? Who? Where? What?” question at the top of this FAQ page to learn out each variety of pads work!

Method 1: Rinse with cold water ASAP to reduce staining. Machine wash cold, then air dry thoroughly to maintain a nice shape.

Method 2: Machine wash cold, tumble dry.*

*Method 2 gets your pad clean and ready to use again real quick, but may result in light staining and scrunching-up in the dryer. (Stains fade over time and you can stretch the pad gently with your hands to un-scrunch it.)

Some folks like to keep a container of cool water in their bathroom so they can soak their pads until they’re ready to wash them. This helps remove stains without using chemicals or potentially fabric-damaging products.

It’s recommended to avoid using fabric softener, as it makes fabric less absorbent.

Another good rule of thumb is not to use anything on your pads you wouldn’t wash your underwear with. Your pads are gonna be up close and personal with a sensitive area, so avoid harsh or irritating chemicals when washing them.

Cloth pads contain several layers of fabric, which means it might need extra time drying. Make sure they’re super dry out of the dryer or dry them in the sun to prevent mildew. Do be aware that sun-drying can result in fabric discoloration.

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