CSP are re-useable, fabric menstrual pads. Used just like disposables but once used they get put into a wetbag and washed to be used again.
CSP have wings, most commonly with snaps (however a couple of makers use velcro or buttons) to affix the pad around your undies and stay in place.
As long as you have a good wash routine and stain treat before washing, stains are very rare. If a pad does still have a faint stain, leave it in the sunlight and it should sun out.
CSP are made up of 3 basic parts; the top fabric, the core (absorbent bit) and the backing. There are many different top fabrics including bamboo/cotton velour, woven cotton, jersey, minky, bamboo charcoal; to name a few. These often have patterns, prints or are hand dyed. Common fabrics used for the core are zorb, bamboo fleece, cotton flannel and cotton terry. These are usually layered to boost absorbency; the more layers the more absorbent. The backing fabrics used in pads are either water resistant; such as windpro and polar fleece or waterproof like PUL.
There are several ways to wash CSP (if you would like a post just on washing let me know in the comments). At the end of my cycle I rinse all my pads in COLD water – hot sets stains! – until the water runs clear. Then stain treat any (usually only a couple) that need it with either Ruby’s Red Wash or Buncha Farmers stain stick. Once that’s done I pop them all into my washing machine and put on a wash with detergent and sometimes stain remover. Never put fabric softener in a CSP wash as it can damage the integrity of your pads. Once the wash cycle is completed hang to dry and store them ready for your next cycle!
To comfortably get through a cycle on cloth I would say around 15 or 16 pads. Consisting of; 3 overnights,4/5 heavy pads, 6/7 regular pads and a couple of pantiliners for the last day.
You can get cloth pads from Etsy, wahm’s on Facebook and also from some health stores in the U.S. For a list of wahm’s that sell CSP check out the WAHM directory.
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