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REVEAL: What 3-4 Years Old Cloth Pads Actually Look Like

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Some say it's going back to the old times. Some say it's a smart move for both yourself and the environment. What is it that everyone is talking about here? Using cloth pads.

Not everyone is keen on the idea of using cloth pads instead of disposable pads out on the market. Why? It's just so out dated and doesn't seem sanitary at all! Many questions and uncertainty arise when people think about switching to cloth pads or not. And one of the main topic that comes up is about how long it really lasts and how long it can stay fairly stain-free.

So this post if for those of you out there having this question in your head. Keep reading to view the reveal of what 3-4 years old cloth pads actually look like. 

The Full Set

reusable cloth pads
This is the full set of cloth pads that Eisa currently uses for her periods. She mostly used only Medium & Overnight pads for the past 7 years and it was only within the last year that she started using Pantyliners as well. The Medium & Overnight pads are used for the entire period only, whereas the Pantyliners are used for everyday purposes as well.

Size by Size

One of the most important factor for some people is staining, especially when the pad is beige. Eisa isn't so picky on staining, so she just follows her usual washing routine with the EM Soap and no additional stain removers or other detergents are used. From what you see in the photos below, you'll be surprised to find out that there's only some slight staining, which are natural wear of the pads over time. The amount of stain depends heavily on the diligence of your washing routine. Everything counts: from rinsing, scrubbing, soaking, and to drying the pads.

[Eisa's 1 year used Pantyliners]
1 year used Pantyliners
3-4 years used Medium Pads

[Eisa's 3-4 years used Medium Pads]
Medium & Overnight pads
3-4 years used Overnight Pads

[Eisa's 3-4 years used Overnight Pads]
overnight pads
cotton sanitary pads

The Details

On a closer inspection, you can notice some lint occurring on the cotton top layer. This is very natural and normal happening as these pads have been rubbed together during hand washing process. If you wish, you can simply give a gentle swipe over with a razor to remove the lint. We don't recommend using lint removers as they may damage the cotton over multiple uses. The lint is not noticeable during wear since it's very minimal, and so the pads are as comfortable as they can be!

cotton sanitary pads
sanitary pads cotton

How Long Do These Pads Last?

In general, hannahpads can be used up to 2-3 years depending on personal care and use. With very good care, they can be used even longer like how Eisa is still using her 3-4 years old hannahpads. As you see in the photos below, you will notice the care label of the pads wash out over time, which is also perfectly normal. These pads were initially purchased from Korea back in 2013 and 2014, which you can see on the care label. 

reusable pads
reusable cotton pads
reusable sanitary pads

Part of History

Among these pads, there are 2 pads that are previous generation hannahpads. They are from Eisa's very first purchase of hannahpads, which was 7 years ago!  Can you find which ones they are? 

If you've found it right, yes, they have metal buttons! hannahpad used to have metal buttons initially, which then was changed to high quality plastic buttons to minimize allergic reactions. And with another closer look, you will also notice the differences in the stitching as well. The perimeter ribbon has only 1 stitching compared to the double stitching on the pads for the next generation pads. And for the Overnight Pad, you can see that it has only 1 leak prevention stitching compared to the double leak prevention stitching lines. (See Overnight Pads inside photo above.) Like this, hannahpad always looks for ways to develop our pads for the better.

hannapad cotton pad

Oh, and some of these patterns are part of hannahpad history too! These 3 patterns are no longer available with hannahpads. Collecting different patterns is another fun part of using cloth pads. After all, you won't be collecting your used disposable pads, right?

disposable hannah pads


What's In It For Eisa?

For the past 7 years, Eisa spent about $400 for her pads and that's it. That's only about $43 a year! Would you be able to get through the whole year on $43 worth of disposable pads? NO! And more importantly, think about the amount of waste that she's saved while using cloth pads. It may be a bit more work to use cloth pads, but the health benefits, the savings, and less environmental impact far outweighs the hassle. 

So are you ready to test it out yourself yet?




  • I am not sure who would spend $43 a year on pads but I spend about $20 maximum (3 jumbo boxes) if that, so this is not economical. Also a huge time waster if i have to scrub and do all that? Wouldnt plant based disposable pads be better? Or even just wearing an extra set of panties underneath which is basically all this is. Disposable pads are like baby diapers. They absorb and pull the blood away from your skin so you dont feel like you’re sitting in it all day. These would feel like youve peed your pants and would feel wet and uncomfortable.

    Em on

  • That’s encouraging that they’re such great quality and have longevity! I just got my first set of panty liners and am already in love. I usually use tampons for my period but am leaning towards trying the pads as well! I’ve been telling all my friends about these little gems :)

    Sarena on

  • Has there been any complaints about leaking when using cloth? I have very heavy periods and not sure if I should order or not. Thanks

    Diana on

  • Can they be machine washed or do they have to be hand washed?

    Sarah on

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