Can’t decide whether to make the switch from disposable to reusable sanitary pads? Keep reading to get the lowdown about which type of sanitary pad is the winner.
Buying sanitary products every month can put a hole in your wallet. Disposable pads have a lower upfront cost, but in the long run, the costs of running to the shops every month add up.
Reusable pads, on the other hand, last for 12+ months so once you have a set you won’t have to buy more for a while. This can save you loads of money, which you could use to treat yourself to a fresh new outfit!
Top Tip – if you are on a budget, buy your reusable sanitary pads one at a time until you have enough for a whole cycle and can phase out disposable pads all together
Reusable pads are made from soft, breathable fabrics that allow for air flow. This means less sweating, irritation and chafing! Many women also report that switching to reusable pads reduced their painful cramps and P.M.S. Disposable pads use super-absorbent synthetic fibres that absorb the moisture in your vagina, increasing your chances of infections. Ouch! The artificial fragrances in disposable pads may lead to allergic reactions and can even disrupt your hormones.
As reusable pads give protection for 12+ months, they aren’t just thrown straight into landfill. They also do not contain any toxic chemicals that can pollute waterways, the air, and habitats. The plastics in disposable pads take 100s of years to biodegrade. As the typical woman uses more than 11,000 feminine hygiene products in her lifetime, switching to reusable pads helps to preserve the earth’s natural beauty.
Disposable pads are more convenient as when you’re done you can just throw them away and never think about them again. Reusable pads, however, require care as you must remember to soak, wash and dry them. But how many times have you forgotten to buy more sanitary pads and had to get someone to run to the shops to buy you some more? As long as you remember to wash your reusable pads, this will never be an issue for you again! While regular pads hold around 5ml, the AFRIpads maxi pad has a maximum of 20ml absorption and stay in place better. This reduces the risk of leaking and ruining your favourite underwear with stains.
Make the switch from disposable pads to reusable pads to help keep your purse, vagina, and the planet happy and healthy!