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amazedmummy Thu 23-Apr-20 16:36:11

I'm thinking of moving over to reusable sanitary towels. Partly for environmental reasons and partly because all the scents etc in disposable ones make me really uncomfortable.
Does anyone have any experience with them? What ones are good? What should I be looking for in a good one? How many should I buy? Sorry. A bit clueless here.

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Yellowbutterfly1 Thu 23-Apr-20 18:15:17

Sorry I can’t answer about reusable sanitary towels but can recommend period pants.
My daughter uses WAKU ones and thinks they are fantastic (well as fantastic as you can get about sanitary products). We looked at so many reusable towels and just got too confused about which ones to get so we opted for period pants instead.
They are quite expensive so I wait for an offer to be on (it was 50%off last night)

PaulinePetrovaPosey Thu 23-Apr-20 18:25:30

Love love love my Modi Bodi period pants. Can't recommend highly enough.

VerbenaGirl Thu 23-Apr-20 18:29:58

I’m a fan of the Cheeky Wipes washable pads and Thinx period knickers.

puddock Thu 23-Apr-20 18:30:00

I prefer reusable pads to period pants. I got mine from TCS-eco who are fab.

TheGinSoakedBoy Thu 23-Apr-20 18:30:25

I bought a cheap (about £15) packet of 10 from amazon. The plan was to replace with a branded (better?) set if I liked them.
They're charcoal fleece, so coloured outsides and black fleecy in the middle. They are fantastic.
The move around a little but nothing too bad. They're secured with a popper. I've leaked once, last month on a very heavy period. It was nothing major and didn't go through onto my trousers.
I've been using them for 4 months. I'll never go back to horrid plasticy dispoables. They are so comfy.
I think they'll be hot in summer due to the fleece but I'll see when the weather gets warmer.
I rinse them in cold water. It doesn't bother me at all. I'm not squeamish so it's fine. The hold so much blood ( sorry tmi!).
I sling them in the wash with a normal load. No fabric condioner and dry on the radiator or pinned in a neat line on the washing line 😁.
I used to get so sore and uncomfortable with dispoables. Even the non scented rubbed and chaffed.
I won't go back. Good luck. Loads to choose from.

Deadringer Thu 23-Apr-20 18:30:51

My dd uses washable sanitary towels, we bought then on amazon. She has heavy periods and finds them great, very soft and comfy. How many you would need depends on how heavy/long your period is and how often you do washing.

BergamotMouse Thu 23-Apr-20 18:38:43

I've tried a few. Didn't like cheeky wipes, too bulky for me and didn't suit my shape. But I LOVE my minivivi ones. They are so thin, absorbent and comfortable. Not cheap though.

Imnotaslimjim Thu 23-Apr-20 18:51:21

I use a few different brands. Huggally wigally and tcs-eco are my favourite. There are quite a few different ones on Facebook.

amazedmummy Thu 23-Apr-20 18:58:36

Thanks everyone. I'm investigating all your suggestions. They are quite expensive but I'm thinking if I get 1/2 of what I decide on to start with I can her more as I go along.

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Whathappenedtothelego Thu 23-Apr-20 19:03:48

I have some and think they are great - also have period pants, and use a mix.
I like the pads to wear with period pants for half the day, then remove and just wear the pants. Easier at work than changing pants. Plus they are cheaper and much quicker to dry than the pants too. They wash really well.
Mine were from an eco shop, but have just ordered some online for Dd from cheeky wipes and they look the same - dark grey fleece topped pad.

DowntonCrabby Thu 23-Apr-20 19:04:32

It sounds as though I have the same as @TheGinSoakedBoy and I too planned to upgrade. I’ve had them about 4 years now though and love them. I do use a mooncup most of the time.

LazyFace Thu 23-Apr-20 19:08:21

You could look at the ones on etsy as well. Lots on amazon is wrapped in tons of plastic. I tried the imse vimse ones (more pantyliner size) thinking cotton inner layer is better but It started irritating after a while. The fleece lined ones are definitely better and there's no smell.

Rockbird Thu 23-Apr-20 19:08:54

A timely thread. DD1 only recently started her periods and the last two days she's had a really bad rash or something. I can only think it's the pads, this is the first month she's used different ones because of availability on lockdown. So I've been thinking about reusables.

I do like the idea of period pants but they are so expensive. Trying to learn about reusable pads.

Rockbird Thu 23-Apr-20 19:10:18

Can anyone link to the amazon ones they bought please. It's the ideal time to try them without incident while we're at home.

SarahTancredi Thu 23-Apr-20 19:14:16

I recommend honor your flow they have a happy hour on a sunday 8-9 pm where its 20 percent off.

Tcs eco are quite good too you can pick what size/absorbancy

Earth wise girls is a lovely site take a look.

Word of warning about cheeky wipes. Fir the price they arent bad really but the cotton pads the shape is weird the wings didn't seem to fold up right.

I also like lady days. They are very thin and soft and comfortable.

SarahTancredi Thu 23-Apr-20 19:15:40

www.earthwisegirlsuk.co.uk/reusable-sanitary-towels-c-1.html

ThatsWhatHeroesDo Thu 23-Apr-20 19:18:43

I use a mooncup but leak at night so double up with Cheeky Wipes pads. Very soft and comfy and wash beautifully.

Stevienickssleeves Thu 23-Apr-20 19:20:23

I got a selection from here to try:
www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=pretty%20period&ref=auto-1&as_prefix=pretty%20per

I was worried they would leak and that they would be messy and yuk to deal with.

I was really pleasantly surprised and don't intend on going back to disposable ones now. They absorb a lot and are really comfortable. Just give them a quick sink rinse with cold water and shove in the wash. They don't even look stained.

ChesterDraw Thu 23-Apr-20 19:24:09

Another vote for Cheeky Wipes, their pants and pads are all brilliant. They wash and wear very well compared to other brands I've tried. I have endometriosis, am prone to sudden heavy flooding and they can even handle my overnights.

Notlostjustexploring Thu 23-Apr-20 19:38:38

I bought some bloom and Nora ones recently. I've found them to actually be better than disposables. First time I've not leaked at night for years. They've got a bathroom bag you put used ones in, and unzip it and it goes straight in the wash.

vdbfamily Thu 23-Apr-20 19:43:06

another cheeky wipes fan here.
I have a mixture of pads sooner if which are a white towelyn type material in centre and some are grey fleecy. For some reason the fleecy ones move around more I find.

EmmaC78 Thu 23-Apr-20 19:46:40

I use the Hey Girls ones. I live in Scotland where the government funded a free trial so I didn't have to pay for them but, even if I had, I would say they are worth the cost.

Falafellygood Thu 23-Apr-20 19:49:06

I have Cheeky Wipes ones and love them. I think I have 2 night/big ones, 3-4 medium and 2 liners for the end of my cycle. I find that enough but I don't have heavy or long cycles.

WitchDancer Thu 23-Apr-20 19:54:03

I wear reusable ones daily because of a bladder issue, but they work well for periods too. I got these from Amazon, and just throw them straight into the washing machine when I'm getting low (I do a separate wash because I don't use fabric conditioner with them( and pop them on the radiator to dry. I love them and wouldn't go back now.

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