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Frequently Asked Questions - SochPad

The Basics

What are cloth pads?

Cloth pads are a reusable alternative to disposable sanitary napkins. They come with wings on the side that can be snapped to the underwear to keep the pad in place.

What are they made of?

SochPads are made of high quality cotton, polyester, and contain a leak-proof layer.

What are the different layers of a SochPad?

SochPads generally contain 4 different layers:
  • 100% Cotton Absorbent, Breathable, Quick Dry and Soft Against Skin
  • 100% Polyester Absorbent, Moisture Wicking, Quick Dry
  • 100% Polyester Leakproof
  • 100% Cotton Breathable, Quick Dry and Soft Against Skin
  • 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester Absorbent, Breathable, Quick Dry and Soft Against Skin
  • 100% Polyester Absorbent, Moisture Wicking, Quick Dry
  • 100% Polyester Leakproof
  • 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester Breathable, Quick Dry and Soft Against Skin

*For urinary incontinence, we recommend SochPad Quick Dry for better performance.

Won’t cloth pads leak?

Most SochPads come with a leak-proof layer that ensures that you can go about your day without worrying about leaks.

Isn’t using cloth unhygienic?

No. Cloth, by itself, is not unhygienic. It is the way one uses it that makes all the difference. When you are using cloth/cloth pads for your sanitary needs, you need to make sure that they are fully dry before you use them. You should preferably sun-dry them in a well-ventilated space.

Are cloth pads safe to use?

Yes. If used and cleaned as instructed, cloth pads are absolutely safe to use. Cloth and products made of cloth, like SochUnderwear and SochPads, are not only soft and comfortable to use, but are also economical and eco-friendly. They are free from chlorine, dioxins, pesticides, harmful dyes, fragrances, and allergens that are otherwise found in disposable sanitary napkins.

Why should I use cloth pads?

First, cloth pads do not contain any chemicals. They are soft and comfortable to use and do not cause itching, infection, or rashes. They also do not create any non-biodegradable waste. They work out cheaper in the long run; so they are light on your pocket as well.

How many years do cloth pads last?

If maintained well and cared for, SochPads last for at least 3-4 years.

What are my options in cloth pads?

Soch offers cloth pads in two different types: SochPad and SochPad Quick Dry. Both are offered in regular and petite versions.
Type Top Layer Colour Bottom Layer Colour Sizes
SochPad Regular Purple Pink XS, XS+, S, M, L, XL
SochPad Petite Purple Green XS, XS+, S, M, L, XL
SochPad Quick Dry Regular Blue Pink XS, XS+, S, M, L, XL
SochPad Quick Dry Petite Blue Green XS, XS+, S, M, L

What is the difference between SochPad and SochPad Quick Dry?

The difference between SochPad and SochPad Quick Dry is in terms of the material. While SochPad is made of 100% cotton, SochPad Quick Dry is made of 50% polyester and 50% cotton, which makes it easier to dry.

What is the difference between the Regular and Petite versions?

While the regular version can be used by most women, the petite version is for young girls and teenagers. The difference is in the width of the cloth pad. If you use underwear with a narrow crotch, you may want to go for the petite version; if you use regular underwear, you may want to choose the regular version.

How many cloth pads would I need per cycle?

Roughly, if you are using only cloth pads, you would need a mix of 3-4 large pads for heavy flow days, 3-4 medium size pads for regular flow days, and 3-4 pantyliners or small pads for light flow days. This will ensure that you have enough cloth pads to use, while some are in the wash.

How do I know which size cloth pad to buy?

This would depend on your body size as well as your flow. For beginners, we recommend a full-cycle kit that contains a combination of pads of various sizes. KitsWe also recommend you go through our Pads Quiz to find out which cloth pads would suit you best.

For how long can I use one cloth pad?

You should change your cloth pad once every 4-6 hours, or sooner if you have heavy flow.

Can I use the SochPads for postpartum bleeding?

Absolutely. You can use our large-sized pads, L size in Petite and L and XL sizes in Regular versions, (L, XL, P-L) for postpartum bleeding. You can also try our Sochunderwear with extra inserts.

How long do SochPads last?

On an average, if maintained well, SochPads should last you for 70+ washes.

USE, CLEAN & CARE

I just bought SochPads. Can I use it directly?

Before you try the SochPads for the first time, we recommend you wash them according to our clean & care instructions.

If I have light flow, can I use the pad for more than 4-6 hours?

No. No matter how light your flow is, we recommend you change your cloth pad once every 4-6 hours for hygiene reasons.

How do I wash the cloth pads?

First, soak the used pad in a mug of cold soapy water for 30 minutes. This should remove the blood from the pad. Next, rinse by hand with mild soap and water. Do not brush. Dry the washed pad in sunlight. Do not fold or keep it on a flat surface. Hang it straight.

Can I brush the cloth pads?

No. The fibres of the cloth will come out if roughly brushed. Hand-rinsing is the best option.

Can I use Dettol/other soaps to wash the cloth pads?

Dettol, fabric softners or other disinfectants are not recommended. You can, however, use mild soaps and essential oils.

Can I machine-wash the pads?

Occasionally, you can machine-wash the pads. However, we do not recommend it on a regular basis as it may reduce the life of cloth pads.

Can I wash the cloth pads in hot water?

Rinsing directly in hot water sets stains. Therefore, we recommend you first remove the stains with cold water.

How do I store cloth pads in between cycles?

Between cycles, we recommend you store the cloth pads in a clean and dry place after they are fully dry from washing.

How do I store a used pad before I can wash it?

If you are not at home, carry a ziploc cover/pouch with you to store your used pad. The used pad can be folded to make it smaller.

I do not have space to dry it in the sun/ I live in a place that does not get enough sunlight. Can I still use a cloth pad?

Though we ideally recommend sun-drying the cloth pad, at least ensure that the cloth pad is entirely dry before you use it. If sun-drying is not an option, you should dry the cloth pads in a well-ventilated place. We also recommend the Quick Dry pads for the same.