This post will address our favourite tips for those who are new to the world of reusable cloth menstrual pads.
1. Try small before investing big
This is something I always stress to those who message us here at House of Callaway - buy a small amount first to see how you get on before investing big. Switching to cloth pads is a hugely personal journey so it only seems right to take things slow to make sure you're happy with the pads in your stash as well as your routines for looking after them.
2. Buy from a reputable business
When buying from a cloth pad shop, do check that the business is HMRC registered, insured and ask what fabrics they use as well as where they come from. The seller should also be transparent about how long they expect to take making up your order as well as use a sensible payment platform like Paypal or through a secure website. When shopping with us, you can be confident that we have been registered with HMRC since day 1, are insured and are up front about our fabrics - we're also happy to tell you where a particular print came from if you're ever curious! Our website is also secure and you have the choice of using Paypal when purchasing from us.
3. Think about routines that suit you
There are a huge range of choices to make when switching to reusables such as which method you'll use to wash them, how you dry them and where you will store them before and after use. At House of Callaway, we supply a care guide with each order (which can also be viewed here) but it is always useful to consider how using and caring for cloth pads will fit into your daily routine.
4. Consider what products will suit you best
As mentioned previously, switching to cloth is a very personal journey. Before buying anything, it would be a good idea to have a think about the types of products you are currently using. What length are they? Does the advertised absorbency level fit your needs? Are there any features you especially like such as extra-long pads or narrower/wider ones? Also, if you swim or do other sports often, considering whether using a menstrual cup might be handy would be a good idea. People who work very busy jobs with minimal breaks also have said cups are useful in these cases too where changing pads often is less than ideal.
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