F A Q
Frequently asked Questions about Cozy Reusables website, & Cloth Pads
When are products restocking next?
We do our best to restock the website every two weeks on Fridays at 6pm Mt /8pm Et. Scheduling is subject to change, however here is an outlook at our near future restocks:
March 31st - Galaxy/Aliens, Unpaper Towels, ILP's, Pad Pods
April 21st - Witchy/Hexy
How do Cloth Pads stay in/on my underwear?
Cloth Pads have a similar wing concept as Disposables, but instead of a sticky surface, the wings have snaps. After folding the wings around the narrow centre of your underwear, snap the wings together to secure your Pad in place. Cozy Reusables pads also feature a backing material called " softshell fleece the side of faces down towards your undies and gives pad good traction
Will Cloth Pads fit in Boxers/Briefs?
They will fit in shorter tight style Briefs yes! They may however not work well in the looser fitting Boxer style shorts.
Do Cloth Pads smell after use?
We can confidently say no! The smell we associate with menstruation tends to be a byproduct of disposable period products accompanied by low breathability. Disposable pads are 90% plastic - and plastic doesn't breath well, making them a breeding ground for odor causing bacteria.
Good hygiene and a good Cloth Pad wash routine is also extremely important. Cloth Pads that are not getting cleaned properly, may give off odors over time.
How many Cloth Pads should I start out with?
We recommend comparing to the number of disposable products you would use in a day. If you usually use 5 disposable pads per day, then you will most likely need the same amount in Cloth Pad products - possibly less, once you learn how dependable they are. Start with purchasing even just a couple Pads, to see if you will be happy with Cloth Products.
How do I know what size to get?
We recommend measuring your favorite disposable product and comparing the length in inches to our sizes. You can also measure your underwear, or your body for how much coverage length or width you would desire. Match your flow type to our 5 absorbencies (Liner, Light, Moderate, Heavy, or Super Heavy/Postpartum)
How do I store Cloth Pads after use?
We offer reusable "Wetbags" that are made from a material called P.U.L. (Polyurethane Laminate). It's a waterproof, but breathable material that stores your Cloth Pads with essential air flow. You may choose to rinse your Pads immediately after use, but for most it isn't necessary.
Air flow is very important when storing your soiled Cloth Pads because it allows them to dry out. Once your soiled pads have dried out, there is no moisture for bacteria to grow in. If your soiled Pads do not get enough air, then they will remain moist which may attract bacteria and odors.
What about when I'm away from home?
It is just as easy as carrying disposables around with you. Except instead of throwing them away after use, you store them in a small Cloth Pad Wrapper, or "Wetbag". No they aren't going to smell, and nobody is going to know they're there unless you show them.
How do I wash Cloth Pads?
The most basic wash recommendation can be broken down into just these 3 steps:
Rinse • Main wash • Dry
Your rinse can be done in a sink, bucket, or in your washing machine on a quick pre-wash/rinse cycle. We recommend using a very very small amount of detergent and/or stain treatment with this step. (If you rinse your pads immediately after each use, then you may be able to skip this step)
For your Main wash: add other items of your everyday laundry in with your Cloth Pads for another full/heavy soil cycle in your washing machine. We always recommend "bulking" your Cloth Pads with other laundry items for this cycle - so that your cloth pads have more items to scrub up against, and get a proper clean. Use no more laundry detergent than the amount recommend by your detergent brand for the size of load that you're washing.
If you have very soft water, you may need to adjust your detergent even lower than the recommended amount. Using more detergent doesn't mean that your items are going to get cleaner. If detergent consistently doesn't get completely rinsed out of an item, it can lead to build up and odors over time.
Tumble dry, or air dry in a well ventilated area.
Avoid use of Fabric Softeners, or Dryer Sheets, as they can build up on materials and reduce liquid absorption.
What about germs (Bacteria, Yeast etc)?
Cloth Pads are no less sanitary than the underwear you wash and reuse every day. If you are concerned about bacteria or yeast; Hydrogen Peroxide or 70%+ Isopropyl Alcohol are great disinfectants that are a bit greener and easier on fibres than Bleach.
Will Cloth Pads also work for Incontinence?
Yes, they will work for a light incontinence, such as dribbles when you sneeze, cough, or jump. They will not suit full bladder emptying.
Where do you make the Cloth Pads?
All items are handmade with care in a clean, smoke free, pet friendly home. The cats and dog are limited only to the floor area of our Sewing shop.
Natural fibre fabrics (Cottons, Bamboos & Hemps) are prewashed in Ecomax Hypoallergenic, a plant based & fragrance free detergent. With no use of softeners or dryer sheets. However we do use Tide on our families laundry in the same washer system.
Why do we pre-wash our natural fibre fabrics?
We do this just for the main purpose of shrinking the fabrics. Shrinking natural fibre materials before sewing helps make a better finished product. It helps prevent warping and shrinking, even after you take them home and wash them yourselves.
Why is it important to wash your Cloth Pads once they arrive to you and before wearing them?
Washing your Cloth Pads before wearing them is important to help "break in" the fibres and increase absorption (especially natural fibres like Cotton/Bamboo/Hemp) . Natural fibres may even take 3-4 washes before reaching their full potential.
Pre-washing or "Prepping" your Cloth Pads also insures removal of any washable felt/chaulk markers or temporary adhesives we may have used in production.
What materials do you use/ What are Cozy Reusables Cloth Pads made of?
We take pride in using top quality materials, such as:
Organic "Oeko Tex Standard 100" Hemp, Bamboo, and Cotton fibre "Core" fabrics.
Zorb Core Fabric - Hypoallergenic and free from harmful substances such as PFOS, PFOA, lead, dioxins, heavy metals, BPA, and all kinds of phthalates, including DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DnOP
*** From October. 2022 forward production*** All *BLACK* liquid proof Softshell Fleece "Backer" fabric is now "Oeko Tex Standard 100" "Dintex Fleece"
Custom Printed "Topper" fabrics in Natural Fibres and Polyesters - from other Small Family Owned Businesses or companies that support independent artists.
All threads used are strong Polyester, from brands such as Guterman, and Maxi Lock.
Our Cloth Pad Snaps are genuine Kam Snap poly resin snap closures - XRay & MRI Safe!
Production of Cloth Pads may include the use of non-toxic felt and/or chalk markers. As well as the non-toxic temporary (washable) Basting Spray called "Odif 505", and/or Elmers Non Toxic Washable School Glues. Read more below!
Why do we use temporary basting spray in production?
Temporary Basting Spray helps us hold all our layers of the Cloth Pad together while sewing. This eliminates us having to use pins and poke holes through our liquid proof layer.
These temporary adhesives are non-toxic and washable. Simply wash your Cloth Pads before wearing to ensure the removal of residues.
The Odif 505 Basting Spray Adhesive was developed especially for the embroidery industry, but is commonly used for numerous sewing applications.
505 is colourless, odorless, non-toxic and non-corrosive. Its aerosol can also meets or exceeds all state and federal clean air regulations and contains no CFCs to affect ozone.
Why do we list everything our Cloth Pads contain?
We list all materials and substances our products may come into contact with, because we would rather be candid about our products. We would like you to make a fully informed decision, rather than hide anything from our customers.
Not all makers or companies do this, so you may not know exactly what you're receiving. Other companies may use the same substances (or even more harsh substances), but never list them, or explain there uses or verify that they are non-toxic.