I have compiled the best washable menstrual pads of 2021 (based on my research and readings), in the hope to help you choose the right one for you as you start your journey to a greener period.
You can read more about the benefits of washable menstrual pads that I wrote in detail in this post: Washable Menstrual Pads – Why I Made The Switch in 2018.
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of washable menstrual pads available in the market at the moment and I believe many more would be coming out in the coming months and years as the demand increases. And for someone who just wants to start the switch, the hundreds of choices can be overwhelming!
So, in this post, I gathered the best washable menstrual pads available in the hope that it will spare you from being overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices!
Washable menstrual pads are perfect to use as period pads, postnatal maternity pads, or even cloth urinary pads for women who are suffering from lighter incontinence.
I divided them into categories: multipack (with different sizes), heavy flow/nighttime, and medium flow/daytime.
The Best Washable Menstrual Pads Of 2020
Multipack comes with washable menstrual pads of different sizes and this is very good especially for women who are just starting the switch from disposable pads, so they can try using the different sizes available. Then just buy more washable pads of the size that they prefer later on.
1. TEAMOY BAMBOO CHARCOAL REUSABLE SANITARY PADS MULTIPACK
This multipack contains 10 reusable sanitary pads + 1 wet/dry bag. The 10 reusable pads comes in 3 sizes: 3 pieces of small size (length:7.9” width: 2.7”); 4 pieces of medium size ( length:10” width: 2.75”); and 3 pieces of large size ( length: 11.6” width: 3.1”).
Teamoy reusable sanitary pads are made of 4 layers design. The first layer, the one that touches the skin, is made of bamboo charcoal fiber for skin comfort and odor elimination; the middle layer is made up of 2 layers of microfiber for maximum absorbency, and the bottom layer is made up of a water-resistant layer to avoid leaks and spills.
2. BAMBAW WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS MIXFLOW PACK
This mixflow pack contains 6 washable menstrual pads + 1 discreet pouch (wetbag). The pack of 6 comes in 3 sizes: 1 heavy flow (30.5×17.5cm) for heavier days postpartum bleeding and incontinence; 2
medium flow (24.3x19cm) for medium days; and 3 light flow(19×18.5cm) for lighter days and everyday discharge.
The mixflow pads from Bambaw are made of 3 different fabrics. The outer layer that touches the private part is bamboo charcoal fleece for softness and odor control; the middle layer is made of microfiber for high absorption; and the last layer is made of PUL (Polyurethane laminate), a leak-proof material, for maximum protection.
The wetbag that comes with the pack has 2 compartments, so you can easily separate the used and the unused pads when going out of the house.
3. NATISSY COTTON WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS MULTIPACK
This product is handmade in the EU by a family-owned company, which pride in carefully inspecting each product before finally shipping it to their customers.
Natissy multipack comprised of 7 washable menstrual pads with wings + 1 wetbag: 1x XL: 28×10.5 cm, 2x L: 27×9 cm, 2x M: 22×8 cm, and 2x S:18×8 cm.
The wetbag is a small water-proof, smell-proof bag where you can put your used menstrual pads (when changing outside the house) to ensure a smell-less transport.
Natissy washable menstrual pads are made of cotton and no toxic chemicals. The upper layer is made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane. While the bottom layer is made of 77% bamboo, 23% polyester. And the bottom layer is made of 70% cotton, 30% polyester, and polyurethane layer, without the harmful PVC and formaldehyde.
You can also choose a set without the wetbag, but I prefer the one with a free wetbag for a “smell-less” transport.
4. ECO LILY BAMBOO CHARCOAL WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS
The top layer that touches the intimate part is made of bamboo charcoal to neutralize odors; the middle layer is made of absorbent microfiber; while the bottom layer is made of a waterproof material to avoid leakage.
5. VIEDOUCE BAMBOO CHARCOAL WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS MULTIPACK
This is another multipack that is only available in the EU and it comes with 9 washable menstrual pads with 3 different sizes and 2 wetbags. 3 pieces are size S (L20cm × W18cm), 3 pieces size M ( L25.5 cm × W18.5 cm), and another 3 pieces size L(L29.5 cm × W23.5 cm).
The top layer of the pads is made of bamboo charcoal fiber for skin comfort and for odor elimination; the middle layer is made of 2 microfiber layers for maximum absorbency; while the bottom layer is made of Polyurethane laminate (PUL) to prevent leaks and spills.
HEAVY FLOW/NIGHT TIME
The large and extra-large size reusable menstrual pads are very suitable for nighttime, heavy flow, and postpartum use. Other women find these sizes bulky and very long though, so they usually use it when just staying inside the house.
I am a “large and extra-large” kind of girl when it comes to menstrual pads. My disposable pads before were all “nighttime” pads. I feel calm and safe from stains when I am wearing “nighttime” pads. But I feel uncomfortable and worried when using “regular size” pads. I know, it might be psychological, too. But I prefer “nighttime” pads all the time to save me from the uneasy feeling.
This pack comes with 6 reusable sanitary pads that are 14 x 9.2 inches long and a wet bag.
The wetbag is waterproof and has 2 zipper compartments to separate the clean pads from dirty ones.
The top layer is made of charcoal bamboo fiber for skin comfort and for odor elimination. The dark color is also an advantage for easy cleaning and for stain-free pads. The middle layer is made of 2 microfiber layers for maximum absorbency. While the bottom layer is made of PUL to prevent leaks and spills.
This pack is available only in the US and comes with 5 extra-large (3 x 10 inches long) reusable menstrual pads, and it doesn’t come with a wetbag.
The outer layer is made up of completely waterproof lamination fabric to ensure leak-free use. The middle is made up of 2 layers of microfiber pads for maximum absorption. While the top layer touching the intimate part is made of 100% bamboo charcoal for a hypoallergenic and naturally soft feel.
The reusable pads also come with double snap closure which easily wraps around and clip to most panties keeping the pad in place for maximum protection.
This double snap closure compensates for the lack of a wetbag since most washable menstrual pads come with only one snap closure.
This pack comes with 5 heavy flow (12 x 30cm) washable menstrual pads and 1 wetbag. The top layer that touches the intimate part is made of bamboo charcoal; while the middle layer is made of 3 layers of microfiber fabric for maximum absorption; and the bottom layer is made of the leak-proof PUL.
MEDIUM FLOW/DAY TIME
The small and medium sizes washable menstrual pads are shorter and thinner than the heavy flow/ nighttime pads. These pads are perfect for day time use, especially if going out of the house since the pads are less bulky and less obvious, especially if wearing light-colored pants or skirts.
This pack comes with 6 pieces of medium size (2.75 x 10 inches) reusable menstrual pads and 1 wet/dry bag.
The wetbag is waterproof and has two zipper compartments which is ideal to separate the clean pads from dirty ones.
The inner layer that touches the intimate part is made of antibacterial charcoal bamboo fiber; the middle layer is made up of 2 layers of super-absorbent microfiber fabric; while the outer layer is made up of a waterproof fabric to prevent leaks and spills.
This pack is available only in the US and comes with 5 normal size (2.5 x 10 inches long) reusable menstrual pads, and it doesn’t come with a wetbag. But despite that, more than 1000 women left very good reviews about this pack. So, it must be very good.
The outer layer is made up of completely waterproof lamination fabric to ensure a leak-free use for up to 10 hours. The middle is made up of 2 layers of microfiber pads for maximum absorption. While the top layer touching the intimate part is made of 100% charcoal bamboo for a hypoallergenic and naturally soft feel.
The reusable pads also come with a double snap closure which easily wraps around and clips to most panties keeping the pad in place for maximum protection.
This pack comes with 5 pieces of moderate flow (24.3 x 19 cm) washable menstrual pads and 1 wetbag.
The top layer that touches the intimate part is made of bamboo charcoal; while the middle layer is made of 3 layers of microfiber fabric for maximum absorption; and the bottom layer is made of the leak-proof PUL.
How To Choose The Right Washable Menstrual Pads
You’ve already read the best washable menstrual pads available above, but you still don’t know what to choose. Don’t be discouraged. Let me help you further.
SIZE. Get your ruler or tape measure and one of the disposable menstrual pads that you constantly use during your period.
Measure the disposable menstrual pads and write the dimensions. That will be one of your guide in choosing your washable menstrual pads. With the dimensions, you can already determine if your usual pads belongs to the heavy flow/nighttime category or the medium flow/day time one.
Now that you already know the size of your regular disposable pad, then choosing would be easier. But if you want your stash to have a variety of sizes, then I suggest you choose a multipack to have a try of the different sizes. Then once you already know which size you like best, you can get another pack of that size to complete your washable pad stash.
FABRIC. Another thing to consider in choosing is the fabric or material used for the top layer (the one that touches the intimate part) of the menstrual pads: cotton, charcoal bamboo or micro fleece. This is important because there are people who are allergic to certain kind of fabrics.
Women who have very sensitive skin usually choose the ones with cotton top. The only downside to ones with cotton top is the color. It comes in color white or dirty white and it stains easily. But even if some stains stay in the pads, they are still good to use after being washed.
Most women without allergy problems choose the ones with charcoal bamboo and micro fleece tops because they’re more discreet when it comes to staining.
The Proper Usage
Using washable menstrual pads is very easy. Just like the disposable pads, you lay it flat into the center of your underwear and bend the wings, just like the disposable, and snap the button under to hold it in place.
And to remove it, just unsnap the buttons and roll it smaller and put it into the wetbag when out and about. And there will be no smelling at all.
You will never hear the screeching sound when removing your menstrual pads and no more tiny parts of adhesives sticking into your underwear.
How To Wash
Washing the reusable menstrual pads is easy peasy:
1. Rinse them out with cold water until the water runs clear.
2. Soak them in cold water with mild detergent.
3. Rub and hang to air/sundry.
The reusable menstrual pads can also be washed in the washing machine, but they should not be ironed!
This is how I wash my washable pads:
After each use, I rinse the reusable pad with cold water until the water is clear, then I hang it in the laundry basket while waiting for laundry time. I just wash them together with dark-colored clothes. Then I hang them outside to air/sundry. I always make sure to dry them very well before keeping them in the closet.
I am very happy and contented that I made the switch to washable menstrual pads in 2018. I only have positive things to say about it!
I want to encourage all women to give washable menstrual pad a try because there’s really nothing to lose in giving it a try, but only gain! It’s good for our health, the environment, and our wallet.
And during this pandemic, I am no longer scared to run out of menstrual pads because I have washable menstrual pads in my closet. It’s one less worry and a small step towards our aim of going greener.
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