Everything you need to know about reusable alternatives to disposable pads/ LUCKYPADS

THE STORY

This is a brand that is designed and manufactured in China with of their products being creations and developments from real user experience and feedback. 

The mission of this company as a global entity is to provide high quality products that are healthy for you and the planet – designed with us ladies in mind – to walk a happy and comfortable menstruation journey with all ladies out there!

It’s all about us and the planet and they are always thinking about ways to help women experience more comfortable and enjoyable menstrual cycles.

Luckypads is for every woman whether your cycles are heavy or light or having issues with cramps and itchiness from skin rash, whether you have urinary incontinence, whether you are an expecting mother or new mother.

 

Luckypads is Perfectly engineered for you.

WHAT I’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO TRIAL

Disclaimer: These items have been gifted only, no payment. All thoughts are my own.

The starter Set (all in one) which contains:

  • One piece Panty Liner 180*60mm(sealed condition)
  • One Day Pad 230*80mm(sealed condition)
  • One Day Pad with little ‘bunny ears’ 280*80mm(sealed condition)
  • One Night Pad plus 400*80mm(sealed condition)
  • One Night Pad 340*80mm(sealed condition)
  • Reusable storage bag it came in

 

lucky pads

DETAILS ON THE STARTER SET

  • Zero: residue of harmful chemicals or pesticides touches your body! 
  • Certified Organic Cotton: cotton pads are certified by GOTS.
  • Made in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices: under extremely strict quality control and process management
  • Material: 100% organic cotton, bamboo fiber gauze, TPU high breathable tarpaulin.
  • Total Weight: approx 260g
  • Double Stitching: all of their cotton pads are carefully handmade one by one by professional seamstresses.
  • Organic cotton layer: the cloth pads have on the inside where it touches your skin.
  • High Quality Snaps: high quality plastic snaps that minimize allergic reaction.

For a link to their website for this click here – it retails currently in GBP £39.63

 

Panty Liner 180*60mm:  

  • Internal Layers: 2 layers
  • Easy for travel.
  • Dimension: 180*60mm
  • Pattern: 5 patterns available for you to choose
  • Weight: approx 12g
  • Fit for: just for leukorrheea period. (no waterproof layer)

 

One Day Pad 230*80mm:

  • Internal Layers: 6 layers
  • Dimension: 230*80mm
  • Pattern: 4 patterns available for you to choose
  • Weight: approx 45g

 

One Day Pad plus:

  • Internal Layers: 6 layers
  • Dimension: 280*80mm
  • Pattern: 5 patterns available for you to choose
  • Weight: approx 30g

 

One Night Pad plus:

  •  Internal Layers: 6 layers
  • Dimension: *80mm400mm (3 Sizes Optional)
  • Weight: approx 40g

 

One Night Pad 340:

  •  Internal Layers: 6 layers
  • Dimension: 80mm*340mm(3 Sizes Optional)
  • Weight: approx 36g

 

 

HOW TO WEAR

1. Place your LUCKYPADS over the inside of your underwear, pattern facing up.

2. Fold the wings over the outside of your underwear and fasten using the snaps.

They recommend to wear snug fitting underwear to help keep the pads close to your body as unlike a disposable pad where the pad completely sticks to your underwear, these pads are like another cotton layer to your underwear. So, you may have to readjust throughout the day to your comfort fit. No need to take off the whole thing and re’stick’ – you only need to pull it forward or backward.

how to use luckypads

 

WHAT DOES CERTIFIED BY GOTS MEAN?

Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified.

All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well.

A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.

Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides and fertilizers. In addition, organic production relies on adequate animal husbandry and excludes genetic modification.

For more information click here.

 

 

FOUR BENEFITS OF USING REUSABLE PADS

1. Health Concerns

Save yourself from conventional disposable pads and tampons that containing irritating chemicals, synthetic ingredients and additives.

Conventional disposable products can contain plastics, artificial fragrances, adhesives, and chemical gels – things you don’t want next to your precious vagina!

 

2. Cloth pads are good for the planet

According to Womens Environmental Network in the UK, every woman uses an average of over 11,00s are around 90% plastic – which ends up in landfill or, even worse, in seas and rivers.

Tampons, pads and panty liners generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and they all contain plastic.

In 2010, a UK beach clean found an average of 23 sanitary pads and 9 tampon applicators per kilometre of British coastline. Non-organic sanitary products are made from cotton that was sprayed with chemical pesticides, which destroy biodiversity and cause potentially lethal pesticide poisoning in cotton workers.

When you finally wear out your cotton pads, they can be completely biodegradable, and will decompose in 1-5 years.

 

3. Comfortable

Cotton pads lack that distinctive sweaty feeling and foul odor disposables have because they are breathable. you can still have a waterproof barrier that isn’t air-tight!

 

4. Saves money

After the initial investment, a stash of cotton pad can be used for 5-10 years without replacement, so it’s much cheaper in the long haul.

Washable cloth pads are much more economical when compared to the cost of disposable products over your lifetime.

Once you build your full set of cloth menstrual pads, you’ll have reliable menstrual protection for years to come.

From what I’ve researched into it most reusable menstrual pads are made to last for five years.

What would be a good idea is to price up the cost of things you buy and use and see how much you save! I found a SAVINGS CALCULATOR on a site called Intimina which calculates how much you use and potentially spend.

 

 

MORE ON THE PADS

They use a special waterproof coating on the inner side of the outer pattern layer instead of the conventional separate PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) layer that most brands use. This allows air to flow through more freely while doing its job to resist water going through.

The inside coating is made of high quality TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethanes) which is known for its elasticity, responsive to temperatures (just not super high temperatures) and ability to resist oil, solvents, chemicals and abrasions making it ideal for LUCKYPADS’s leak proof cloth pads. 

TPU it is a better alternative to PUL fabric and used interchangeably with PUL in making waterproof products like cloth nappies – more softer, flexible and environmentally friendlier (questionably) than PUL with the functions are the same but the disadvantage is that it may be less durable than PUL.

It’s made by bonded to cotton or polyester using a heat bonding lamination process which is said to be more environmentally friendly! During the lamination process, solvents are not used and thus TPU is said to be exposed to fewer harmful chemicals.

LUCKYPADS takes 12 months to biodegrade, which is substantially shorter than disposable pads and the TPU (synthetic – man made) coating is also degradable in 3-5 years, so just throw the snaps into the recycling bin and the rest goes into your compost bin! (Check with your municipality regarding where cotton materials are thrown away since it’s different for every area)

The snaps for on the pads are high quality plastic and unlike some metal snaps out in the market, these plastic snaps minimizes the chances of allergic reaction.

Leakage is the number one worry of women thinking about using cloth pads and for good reason as no one wants to be seen covered in blood – I was pretty dubious how they would work.

Cloth pads don’t bunch or twist like adhesive pads can so stay comfortable and leak-free, just make sure you change your pad frequently enough (about as often as you would a disposable) and choose the right absorbency for your flow! Easy peasy!

 

SUMMARY:

  • Unbleached
  • Undyed
  • Chemical-Free
  • Leak Proof
  • Biodegradable 

 

 

WHAT SIZES DO YOU NEED?

The short answer: it depends. How long is your cycle? How heavy is your flow? How often do you plan to wash your pads?

While there are endless styles of cloth pads on the market, they can be broken down into three main groups: cloth panty-liners, cloth menstrual day pads and cloth night pads. You may want a variety of styles for different stages of your cycle.

 

LUCKYPADS comes in SEVEN different sizes – the lightest Pantyliner to the largest Night Pads Plus, which is nearly 16″ long!

There are many beautiful patterns to choose to your taste! The patterns are continuously updated, so more selections are available in the future according to their website.

The sizes are equivalent to a standard-size disposable pad, customizable absorbency for light to moderate flow.

For heavier days:

Day Pads Plus during the day and Night Pads Plus during the night.

Lighter days

Day Pads during the day and Night Pads during the night.

On/off:

Waterproof Pantyliner is good for those with regular discharge.

 

Everyone is different: your flow and comfort level may be different so the number of pads used is about the same with disposables or sometimes less.

With disposables, you usually have to change them because of the odor or them being uncomfortable even when the pad is not full but with these Luckypads from what I’ve tried so far there is no odor and feels just like wearing your underwear.

 

LUCKYPADS SUGGESTIONS:

“If you use 3 Day Pads Plus sized disposable pads per day, you would need about 5 Day Pads PlusLUCKYPADS to wash & use throughout your cycle. About 2~4 Day Pads LUCKYPADS are good to use during the first or last day of the cycle during light flow, and if you use pantyliners at other times than your cycle, about 5 of them will be enough to start with. Please keep in mind that all of the above numbers vary depending on your washing routine.”

Disclaimer : There can be +/- 0.1oz (2-3g) differences for weight and +/-  0.1fl. oz. (1-5ml) differences for absorbency.

size and patterns

Click through for more sizing and patterns.

 

 

STYLES

All LUCKYPADS have a 100% cotton parameter that is double stitched which allows the pads to have cleaner edges with reinforced durability. No more loose threads!

All pads are carefully handmade one by one by professional seamstresses which is why pad shapes and thread linings are never the same.

The fabric used for making these awesome pads are 40 count interlock cotton weave fabric, just like any cotton underwear or t-shirt. It’s not fleece, terry, nor flannel, so feels nothing different from your underwear.

 

 

LUCKYPADS ALSO OFFER:

ACCESSORIES:

  • Pouches
  • Drawstring cotton bag
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cold Process soap

 

PADS IN SETS, MULTIPLES AND SINGLES:

  • Light flow set (holder and insert)
  • Light flow set (all in one)
  • Heavy flow set (holder and insert)
  • Heavy flow set (all in one)
  • Organic Insert (Day Pads Plus/ Night Pads/Night Pads Plus)

  • Panty Liner with and without waterproof.

  • Day pads
  • Day pads plus
  • Inserts.

luckypads cloth sanitary pads

 

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEM

At first I was a bit worried of how to clean them – not every day you’re cleaning up your own blood as I hand washed them BUT you can use the washing machine.

1. Place used luckypads under running cold water and rinse out ‘discharge’ as much as possible. 
2. Fold pad in half and soak in cold water for 2 hours.
3. Add washing detergent on soiled area of pad and gently rub until it lathers. 
4. Hang dry (in the sun or indoors.)

how to wash luckypads

DONT’s:

  • If you machine wash make sure it’s in cold water.
  • Don’t use bleach.
  • Don’t tumble dry.
  • Don’t wring/twist.
  • Don’t boil pads.
  • Don’t iron.
  • Don’t dry clean.

DOs:

  • Wash pads before first use.
  • Fully dry pads before storing.
  • Personal use only. Do not share pads with others.
  • Wash/soak used pads as soon as possible.
  • If out and about just fold used pad, put in appropriate bag or the storage bag it comes in and wash at home.
  • Make sure to use a mild detergent free from harsh chemicals, fabric softener, or bleach, as these will reduce the lifespan of your cloth pads.

 

Some people prefer to use the soaking method before washing machine or hand washing  – a good idea is to keep a small container in the bathroom for soaking the pads before washing. If you do this, adding a presoak cleaner and changing the water every day will keep your soaking container free from mildew and odour.

 

9 TOP TIPS TO REMOVE STAINS FROM THE FABRIC

  1. Apply hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, aspirin or baking soda to the stain.
  2. Rinse as soon as you can.
  3. Wash stains with blood removing products.
  4. Rub salt or saline solution on the stain.
  5. Soak in cold water before putting in a (cold wash) washing machine.
  6. Cold water helps keep stains at bay – avoid using hot water because that has the potential to set stains.
  7. Change soaking water daily, or wait to soak.
  8. Avoid bleach, fragrance, and fabric softener
  9. Dry on lowest setting if using a washing machine.

     

 

HOW TO FOLD AND STORE

 

Pantyliners and Day Pads & Day Pads Plus:

how to fold luckypads

Night Pads and Night Pads Plus:

how to fold night pads

MY EXPERIENCE SO FAR…

I’m so glad I’ve been able to try these and will continue to do so, the idea of washing blood out of anything doesn’t faze me in the slightest but if it did there’s always the option of the washing machine in a cold wash after soaking and currently perienced no staining.

 I like the ethos of using them which is that they are better for the environment, for your savings and for the values.

A great benefit to switching to reusable pads is the period positivity that comes along with it! The menstrual cycle is a natural for anyone and a lot of people grow up believing that it’s a messy inconvenience. The embarrassment or shame we feel about our periods is often a result of negative cultural conditioning and many women have positive transformations in their feelings toward menstrual cycles after ditching the disposables!

From what I’ve looked into via looking in groups or online most users of reusable pads go on and on about how comfortable they are compared to disposables as reusable pads are very soft and breathable and I think the same, they are very comfy.

 

 

Lucky Pads on Instagram, their Website www.luckypads.com

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