Each Deluxe Kit contains:
Ready to make the switch to cloth pads? For most women, this Deluxe Kit provides enough washable pads for your full cycle -- at a discounted price! With a variety of comfortable cotton pads for any level of flow, you'll wonder why you didn't make the switch sooner.
How to Use
To Use GladRags Washable Menstrual Pads:
1. Place 1 or 2 of the inserts inside the holder. Pantyliners do not have inserts.
2. Turn your GladRag over. Snap it around your underwear. The tag side goes next to your underwear and the smooth side goes next to your body.
3. Change your GladRag (holder and inserts) about as often as you would change a disposable pad.
4. Follow care instructions for washing.
Cleaning & Care
After use, separate the inserts from the holder. Soak in cold water to help prevent staining. Adding an enzyme cleaner to the soaking water may help protext against staining. Machine wash cold and tumble dry low using natural soap or detergent; please do not use chlorine bleach. You may hand wash pads if desired. Remove pads from dryer promptly and store flat to eliminate wrinkling; use cool iron if desired. Store your pads in a clean, dry area.
When away from home, place your used pads in a GladRags Carry Bag or Wet Bag until you return home, then wash per care instructions.
Why do I change the whole GladRags pad, instead of just the inserts?
The versatile 3-part design of GladRags, serves multiple purposes: 1) the layers combine to make a thick, absorbent pad that then separates for thorough washing and faster drying; 2) the inserts allow you to customize the pad for your flow. Use one insert and it's a mini pad, use two and it's a maxi. If you have an especially heavy flow you can order an extra insert and use three inserts in the holder, so it's a super maxi.
Some cloth pad companies suggest only changing the inserts and not the holder. We find that cloth pads where you reuse the same holder throughout the day feel too moist after a few insert changes. We think cloth pads are most comfortable if you change the whole pad each time, rather than just part of it.
How many GladRags cloth pads do I need?
Menstrual cycles vary greatly from woman to woman. Most women use 6 to 12 day pads and 1 to 3 night pads and maybe supplement light days with pantyliners. It all depends on your flow and how often you do laundry. Change your GladRags as often as you would change a disposable, and remember: a pad consists of the holder and two inserts, and so you must change the whole thing, not just the inserts.
How should I clean my GladRags?
It's simple: just pre-soak in cold water, then machine wash and dry.
Here are the specifics: remove the inserts from the holder; soak or pre-rinse in cold water (change the water daily). Then machine wash with your dark clothes in cold or warm water. Avoid using hot water to wash your GladRags. Machine dry completely. GladRags can also be safely hand-washed and dried, but it's not necessary to do so.
Wash your GladRags before your initial use. The pads may shrink a bit in the first washing. If you want to use additional laundry boosters, we recommend Rockin' Green's Femme Rock detergent. Natural enzyme stain removers, like Bi-O-Kleen's Bac-Out and Ruby's Red Wash are also effective.
Please note: Chlorine bleach is NOT recommended or needed. The bleach will not only shorten the life of your pads but will put toxins both into our environment and close to a very sensitive part of your body!
Average Customer Rating (based on 15 reviews)
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By: Tara from Marceline, MO US on January 20, 2013
"Buying all this stuff seperately would have cost so much more. I'm so happy GladRags offers this Kit.
After supplementing my Kit with a couple more night pads and more pantyliners, I'm all set! I have enough pads to get through a whole cycle without washing them. I just soak them in cold water after using, and change the water daily. I wash all my pads in the washer after my cycle, throw them in the dryer with a couple clean, dry towels (otherwise they take forever to dry), assemble, then they're ready for next time. It really couldn't get much easier."
By: Teresa Chase from Corvallis, OR US on November 27, 2012
"I first decided to check out reusable pads because I knew it was good for the environment. I was pleasantly surprised by how truly comfortable they are to wear since they are made of cloth, not plastic! I have only used them for a couple of cycles, but I could not imagine ever going back to disposables! "
Excellent quality product!
By: mommi2acg from Simi Valley, CA US on July 20, 2013
"Got this kit in addition to the First Periods kit for when my daughter starts her cycle. Glad rags are such wonderful quality, I bought a large number of them 17 years ago for my first supply, and and other than a few wear and tear little rips, they're still absorbent and wonderful! Please continue the great quality and service so that my daughter will never be without cloth pads during her life."
Fantastic Product Set
By: ColorfulComfortableWoman from Boston, US on March 2, 2013
"Awesome set. Comfortable & very absorbent. Moving inserts in & out is easy. Snaps snap easily & are strong. Pads stay in place well. Pads wash well. For the most part, they are like new after having been dried; occasionally, daytime & nighttime pads (not the liners) get really winkled/curled in the dryer & need a quick ironing. Bags are nice & work well. I'm really happy with this set & strongly recommend it. Excellent value for the price.
--I recommend any color/pattern except "organic undyed." I got some "organic” pads in a smaller set & they aren't as comfortable & need to be ironed after every washing in order to be wearable. For this set, I’m glad I got a fabric that's more comfortable & easier to use.
--The site says "enough to get most women through one cycle without doing laundry"; I disagree. With this set, you'll probably need to do laundry 1-3 times during your cycle. I don't mind this, but if you want to avoid doing laundry during your cycle, get additional sets."
The right decision
By: edelweiss from Singapore, US on June 10, 2013
"I wish so much that I had discovered Gladrags a decade ago. I knew at once it was the right decision, both for health and for the environment, but I was apprehensive about heavy days and laundry. I very nearly had an "accident", after which I realized I needed a change every 2.5 hours, and the pads thus didn't see me through the whole cycle. There was some side leakage, but less than I thought there would be. I was relieved that they washed well, though the green floral ones seem to stain more than the others. Only time will tell if the snap buttons will hold, but overall, quality and comfort are great."
Totally worth it
By: Rhode Island Red from Portland, OR US on November 15, 2013
"I wasn't sure if I wanted to spring for the full, deluxe package. I don't usually buy much, and I try to be frugal. But after I tried out and loved a smaller pack, and remembered how unexcited to do laundry I am when on my period, I was so excited to buy this.
Honestly, I'm much happier during my period because I can just unzip my bag of comfy cottony pads and pick one out whenever I like, without rationing them. It's lovely! And the last days of my period are so much more pleasant; I used to be loathe to wear plasticy pads when I wasn't sure if I'd bleed or not, but I can wear these in comfort knowing if I do bleed, it won't be a problem, and if I don't, there's just another soft layer of cotton in my day. I totally recommend this pack, it pays itself off in soft peace-of-mind very quickly.
The only downside is that I want to tell everyone how much I love these, and, uh, yeah, not the best conversation starter :D"
By: lucy from Chicago, US on December 18, 2013
"very soft and pretty. Was concerned that the soaking and extra laundry would be an issue, but it really hasn't been. Now I use the moon cup more, but I love having these as back up or another alternative. Very comfortable."