Regarding our LePads™ brand I know there may be other questions than listed here that may come up and you can certainly ask in the comments section. I will be open and honest in my answers, but if you have never really investigated reusable cloth pads, there’s an entire world of fantastically brave, beautifully strange and wonderfully crazy women who YouTube about everything from their cloth pad stash, what they wore this month (WIWTM), what they buy (fluff mail), how to clean cloth pads, (There are so many ways you’ll need to find what works best for you.) cloth pad maker reviews, and the intricacies of length/shape/absorbency. That’s just a few ideas of what you’ll find on YouTube. There are also some very informative websites that go in depth with information if you wish to read you will find some of my favorites in the links section below. You can also find our online care instructions and downloadable pages in the “Shop” drop down.
~ What are LePads™ made of?
Several parts make up LePads. The shell is made from domestic and imported premium quilters cottons. There are leak resistant pads which include an inner layer of Eco-Pul (TPU). All non-PUL pads are not leak resistant, however with the right topper, there is usually not much to worry about if you change them regularly enough.
The toppers will vary in make-up from AWF which are athletic wicking fabrics (like pique, jersey and spandex knits) to hand dyed bamboo or cotton velours and Sherpa as well as cotton flannel covering an absorbent core. All of our absorbent cores start with our basic light pads = layers of cotton flannel. Our light/moderate pads = add a layer of heavy bamboo between the flannel. Our moderate pads = add hemp/bamboo/cotton blend fleece over cotton French terry between the flannel. Our heavy and overnight pads add a core of Zorb.
~ Do you know what ingredients (chemicals) are in the PUL? I’m allergic to several chemicals and dyes
I use a plain white eco-friendly PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™ which starts with lightweight polyester interlock (knit) fabric. The polyester fabric is paired with TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), a thin stretchy plastic film. These two components are bonded together into a single fabric using a combination of heat, pressure, and adhesive. PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™ is made with a “green” adhesive that is solvent-free, environmentally friendly, and releases no volatile organics. The TPU lamination film is also very safe for human health. Some people refer to this newer type of PUL as “TPU.” Eco-PUL™ is made in the USA. 73% polyester 27% polyurethane.
LePads leak resistant pads use this Eco-PUL as an inside layer between the cotton print pad shell, so the laminate does not contact your skin. Hope this helps in making the right decision for yourself.
~ Does this come from a pet/smoke free home?
As long as you do not count the occasional cooking issues, the home is smoke free but not pet free. I have two dogs who are highly spoiled mostly inside dogs. They are not allowed in my work room and I strive to ensure my work room is clean and products are professionally packaged and shipped, however if you have allergies order at your discretion. Plus, hopefully the workshop will be completed by end of summer ’17 and it WILL be pet free.
~ Do you have any coupons I can use towards my purchase?
I offer different coupons at certain times of the year (such as Cyber Monday and Shop Anniversary) which you can find on our home page announcements when they are active. I also offer “see it first/get it first” and special pricing coupon codes for my newsletter subscribers and plan for specials in the LePads private Facebook group where the topic of menstruation and everything about it is not a taboo.
~ I have some questions that probably sound stupid but do these hold a sanitary pad or panty liner in them or are they the actual pad & liner? How sanitary are they and are they supposed to be cleaned?
There is never a stupid question when you are educating yourself! 🙂
These are meant to be worn just like a disposable menstrual pad. Cloth sanitary pads (CSP) are a little more ‘work’ but they are healthier for you and the environment. They are the actual pad and liner which are washable and reusable. Although they are not ‘sterile’ like adhesive or gauze bandages, they are hygienic and clean. They are arguably more sanitary for you than using chemically laden disposables on and in your lady bits. Some people seem to be more sensitive to chemicals while others can go their whole lives without being affected by chemicals that are used for just about everything these days. Only you can determine what your sensitivity is.
Cleaning rituals for cloth pads can differ from person to person and here is where the ‘work’ happens. They need to be rinsed in cold tap, treated for stains (if you care about seeing stains) and run through the laundry. You can wash them along with your lingerie and dry in a moderate dryer or hang to dry. Just make sure not to use fabric softeners of any sort as they can affect the absorbency of the fabrics. Also, ensure they are completely dry before storing them.
~ How many pads will I need for my cycle?
This is a loaded question simply because few women are exactly alike in menses and most suggestions you might find will quote between 20 to 28 pads in a range of absorbency for a complete cycle. Keeping that in mind – to get an idea of how to personalize for yourself, you might want to take note of how many disposable pads and/or tampons you generally use in a cycle. Do you use different pad absorbency and lengths for different days? If so, how many of each absorbency and length will cover your cycle successfully? Do you use both pads and plugs at the same time? This is the best way to determine what your cycle needs are.
~ Buying 20 – 28 cloth pads is pretty expensive, it’s cheaper for me to continue with disposables.
Purchasing all those pads is expensive indeed, if you decide to go ‘all in’ and get them all at the same time. However, over time the cost of cloth pads can be less expensive than buying disposables every month when tallying up sanitary pads, tampons and daily use panty liners and perhaps even daily incontinence pads. Most people will work up to the number of pads they need over several months. LePads starter kits and pad packs are a terrific way to start introducing cloth to your monthly cycle.
As you convert to using washable pads and panty liners you will very likely not have enough to get you through your period so think of the process as ‘weaning’ yourself off disposables. Use cloth between using your disposables. To completely eliminate disposables immediately, some people will wash their pads several times during their cycle until they can build up a stash.
~ Will switching to cloth pads make me a ‘paddict’?
In a word… yes. What I mean is…maybe – there are different levels of paddiction. Once you dive into the rabbit hole of reusables and see how many beautiful and different types of pads there are…you are just one “to die for” pad purchase away from becoming a paddict with a serious paddiction. What a way to make periods actually FUN!
Justice Pirate’s review of LePads – Of course I should list this first!
https://clothpads.wordpress.com – This is literally the most informative website about everything cloth pad and more.
Pad Thai’s YouTube channel has great videos! Check out my favorites…
~ 10 Things I Learned About Cloth Pads
~ Tips for Newbies
~ How many cloths pads do I need?