Out of all the questions we get asked when people are starting out with cloth pads, one of the most popular is “aren’t they really difficult to clean?!
The simple answer…no.
Some people who use cloth pads do like to have quite complicated routines when cleaning them, but this is personal choice and not a necessity. Down below is an overview of the method I use for cleaning my cloth pads, and I am SERIOUSLY lazy when it come’s to washing things! This method also keeps my pads stain free, which is a concern for many people.
Bryony’s lazy method for cleaning cloth pads:
Throughout the month I use my cloth pads and put them into one of our travel sized wet bags. When I take the cloth pad off I fold it in half but don’t do up the poppers (see picture below). When my period is finished I simply take my wet bag, unzip it, and shake it out into the washing machine. Throw the bag in with the pads.
If your washing machine is like mine, you can set it to do a prewash before the wash round with detergent. If you have this I recommend you do select this option, if you don’t its not essential. I then add a full cap of detergent, and a scoop of oxygen cleaner. Do NOT use fabric softener, as this will affect the pads absorbency.
Set the washing machine for a long cotton wash at 40ºc and press start. If you also have the option to add an extra rinse I suggest you do this too. Then press start and you’re done!
When the pads have finished being washed you have the option to air dry or tumble dry. Air drying is obviously better in terms of energy use, but if you live in a hard water area, a quick 30 mins in the dryer often helps to keep your pads soft.
So you see it really isn’t rocket science, once you’ve done it a couple of times you’ll see just how easy it is.