March 16, 2017 3 min read

"INFO: The team previously at hannahpad Canada launched their own new brand, illum! These blog posts have been written when we used to run hannahpad Canada. All information is still relevant and everything is the same! We simply changed the brand that we offer. :slightly_smiling_face: "


Ewww... Gross. Yuck.
Never Me.
These are just some of the first words that people say about using cloth pads. But is that all there is, really? As a cloth pad user myself, I think different.


I was already a long time cloth pad user before bringing it over to Canada. I don't really remember what triggered me to ditch the disposables and start using cloth pads. It was my husband (back then boyfriend) who recommended them to me after researching about them. I used to always complain to him about the discomfort of using disposable pads and how much cramps I had. (And of course he was always the one to take on all my stress and temper every month.) So, after hearing about reusable cloth pads from him, I gave some thought to it and decided to try it out. I think the decision maker was somewhere in between.. "badly wanting to stop skin irritations" and "wanting to try something healthier for myself". 
For the past several years, my time spent during periods weren't so bad or uncomfortable as they were before using cloth pads. They were actually more enjoyable! I always had some fun picking out what pattern to use, my skin wasn't itchy and red anymore, and I was more aware of my cycle all together. But my number one issue in the beginning was how to wash them. It took me some time to find my best washing routine. I hand washed after every change, (and I still do,) so it was a bit of extra work compared to the disposable pads. And as a newbie to cloth pads, I didn't have any know-hows in hand washing them, so my hands would easily get chapped by the end of my period because I was rubbing too much. After a few months of experience, I started to get the hang of washing them clean without sacrificing my hands. 
Many people ask, "isn't it unhygienic and unclean to wash your own bloody pads?" Short answer would be a simple "No." Think about it this way. When your period starts unexpectedly, and so an accident happens on your underwear, pants, or bed linen, would you throw them out each time you stain them? I sure hope not because that would be so much waste! As you would wash your underwear, pants, or bed linen, there’s always a way to remove stains and have them like new again. Cloth pads are essentially washed in the same way as you would a regular load with stains on them. The only thing we emphasized is the use of natural laundry detergents and soaps to keep fabrics soft. (It's better on your skin too.) And once you wash them, make sure to dry them completely before storing them away to prevent any damage to the pads. 


We also offer an EM Probiotic soap that works well for cloth pad washes and can help eliminate odours while being gentle on the environment- it’s a WIN-WIN. (You can learn 
more about it here.)


[Washing Instructions]

1. Place used illum cloth pad under running cold water and rinse out discharge as much as possible.
2. Prepare bucket of cold water.

3. Apply illum Probiotic Soap (or any other natural washing detergent) on soiled area of pad and gently rub until it lathers. Do not wash pad afterwards.
4. Fold pad in half and soak in the prepared bucket of cold water for min 6 hrs, and up to 48 hrs (2 days).  Change water in between if soaked for longer than 12 hrs.
5. Hand wash soaked pad in running water. (Machine wash possible, but hand wash recommended.)

6. Hang dry (in the sun or indoors.)


Our washing instructions are our recommendations and serves as a guideline for you to start off from. Soon enough, you'll start developing your own washing routine that works best for you!

Using cloth pads has helped me a lot in terms of not only minimizing (or even getting rid of) my PMS symptoms, but also making the amount of garbage I produced every month from disposable pads and packaging to ZERO. Now this is totally worth switching to cloth pads, isn't it?

So now, let me give you some new words about using cloth pads.

Environmentally Friendly.
Zero Waste Period.
Healthier Alternative.
Green Living.
Easy to Wash.
Toxic Free.
... and the list goes on.




4 Responses

Chloe Atum
Chloe Atum

February 04, 2020


I’ve used HannahPad since Summer 2018 after I had my baby. I asked for the post partum set as a gift and they still serve me well to this day.

They are great quality, comfortable and work well. While post baby, though I may have bleed less than another woman, I didn’t even use the largest of the sizes in the set.

I generally use a cup for the majority if my period, but I may use a small pad for extra protection or a larger one instead at night time.

I can’t sing my praise enough


April 01, 2019

hello! I just got my hannah pads (sooo lovely!) and I washed them with Tide Free and Clear just as their initial wash. I know it isn’t an all natural detergent…but its what I had. Will this damage the pads if I continue to use that because it is a stronger cleaner than natural detergents? Another question: I see a brush on the picture. Can you specify what kind of brush is safe to use that will not damage the pads? Thank you! Oh one more. I saw the lady squeezing the pad in her hands in the video. I was nervous that doing that would hurt the waterproof layer. So it is ok to squeeze it, like to get the water out? Thank you.


October 16, 2018

Please explain how what kind of pad you’re using has any effect on PMS symptoms or cramping. Thank you.


June 04, 2018

How do you deal with them when you are out in public or at work and have to change your pad? How long do they normally last (for you, I know it’s different for everyone)?

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