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Changing Your Hannahpad at Work or School

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Yay! You’ve made the decision to make the switch to reusable cloth pads instead of disposable ones! Your body and the planet thank you. But now it’s time to actually use your hannahpads and if you’re feeling a little intimidated, we totally get it.

In this blog, we’ll break down everything you need to know about changing your cloth pad while you’re out and about at school or work!

hannahpads in a day pouch

Reusable Cloth Pads

Hannahpad’s are reusable organic cotton cloth pads that provide a healthier alternative to disposable pads - for both the planet and your own body. There are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to sustainable period products like cloth pads, but we’re here to break the stigmas and show you just how great they can be!

Disposable pads are known for their convenience; when you’re done using them you just wrap them up and throw them in the trash. While this may seem like a simpler choice, it’s not sustainable. On average, we throw out BILLIONS of disposable menstrual products every single year - and that’s just in the United States alone. Bring that to a global scale and it’s even worse.

However, the fear that cloth pads are more complicated to use shouldn’t stop you. In fact, if you know how to properly use them, hannahpads can be just as simple and easy!

How to Use Cloth Pads

To wear your hannahpad, place it over the inside of your underwear like you normally would with any other type of pad. Make sure that the pattern side is facing down. Next, fold the wings over the outside of your underwear and use the snaps to fasten it into place.

Unlike disposable pads, reusable cloth pads don’t have sticky backs that allow them to completely adhere to your underwear. Instead, hannahpads have grips to help keep them in place. Hannahpads are meant to feel like a second cotton layer in your underwear in order to provide you with the most comfort possible during an otherwise uncomfortable period of time.

We also recommend wearing snug-fitting underwear so that your cloth pad stays close to your body and doesn’t allow any room for leaks.

How to Use a Wetbag

Now that you’ve been successfully wearing your hannahpad for a couple of hours, it’s time to change it! It’s a common misconception that reusable cloth pads are messy. While you may have to deal with a little bit more blood than usual when washing your hannahpads, changing them doesn’t require getting any blood on your hands (pun intended).

First things first when changing your hannahpad at work or school, you have the fold up the used cloth pad. All hannahpads except for the Super Ultra Overnight can be easily folded, using the snaps to keep them securely shut. Just make sure that the pattern side is facing outwards! Check out this diagram for how to fold your cloth pad.

Diagram showing different folding methods for hannahpads

Once you’ve folded your pad all nice and snug, it’s time to get out your wetbag! Hannahpad’s wetbags are made from the exact same high-quality as our pads, with the same cute patterns you know and love. There are even two compartments inside: one for your new and fresh hannahpads, the other for your used ones. Simply place your used cloth pad inside of the wetbag’s waterproof lined compartment and pull the drawstring shut. So easy!

Just make sure you wash your used hannahpads when you get home!

No More Embarrassing Period Moments

While your period shouldn’t be a source of embarrassment, it’s understandable that you don’t want to be flaunting your period in front of your entire class or the whole office. That’s why hannahpads were designed with discretion in mind.

Typical disposable pads and tampons are wrapped in distinctive packaging that immediately indicates what they contain. I’m sure we’ve all been in situations where we’ve had to pull off stealthy handoffs with our girlfriends in school hallways or in the office break room.

Unlike other pads, hannahpads’ are designed using beautifully colourful patterns. When snapped shut, our cute Garden Kitten or Hannah Girl Grey patterns will completely disguise your favourite menstrual product. No one will even know that you are holding a cloth pad!

Plus, you can purchase pouches to store your hannahpads in when they’re not in use. You can fit around 6 to 7 cloth pads in the pouches, but feel free to mix it up and use it to store anything from makeup to other daily necessities. Our four different available patterns will turn your period into a fashionable moment if I do say so myself!


So what do you think? Are you ready to join the movement and add reusable cloth pads to your monthly period survival kit?

We hope that this blog has provided you with everything you need in order to feel confident wearing your hannahpad out and about. If you’re ready to make the switch, check out our great selection of hannahpads. You won’t regret it!


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