The Pad Sampler Kit contains:
New to cloth pads? The Cloth Pad Sampler Kit is a great place to start! For most women, this kit contains enough pads to cover you for part of your cycle. You'll get to try our Day Pads, Pantyliners, and Night Pads and discover which ones are the best fit for your body and your flow. Tote them on the go in your Carry Bag, and make sure nothing gets lost in the wash with the Mesh Laundry Bag!
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 10 reviews)
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To die for
By: River from Castle Rock, CO US on October 5, 2013
"We are all ladies here, so let me be frank. I'm entering the stages of menopause where I'll have a normal period, then one that lasts three months, then none some months.
Let's go back and count. For a normal period, these are good. For a three month period, these are amazing. A tampon and pad mix, several times a day for three months is unhealthy and downright miserable.
The months where maybe a period will show up and maybe it won't.... A liner or pad daily sucks. They are hot and sticky and gross and expensive.
The glad rags pads and liners have saved me a lot of grief. They are so comfortable and soft, don't chafe, don't get hot, and are reusable.
By: Belle from Rockford, IL US on January 25, 2014
"Like most folks, I was a little wary at first. This is a wonderful product. The pads are very comfortable and absorbent, and clean up is a snap. No concerns with leakage.
If you are thinking of switching over, I highly recommend getting the starter pack with the Bac-out and the bucket. Yes, it's expensive, but I added to it over time, getting a few more pads here and there.
I never thought that I had uncomfortable periods, no cramping. However, I noticed after I started using these that my periods now have a much lighter flow.
I have a daughter who will be starting soon and I'm planning to just have her start with glad rags. I wish I had started years ago."
By: Jenny from Champaign, IL US on September 9, 2012
"I'll admit that I have seen Glad Rags ads in various magazines for years and thought that I would never go the reusable pad route. However now in my late 30s I have come to have a lot of discomfort and irritation with traditional pantyliners and night time pads and was looking for something new. I bought the pack that had pantyliners and some daytime use pads. I love the cute designs and after the first month of adjustment I am sold. I found them easy to use, wash and transport from work in my purse. Gladrags are comfortable and I did not notice a smell. I changed Gladrags as often as I changed disposable pads and they were comfortable and did not leak through, even on my heavy day. I will not go back to disposable pads again. I wish I had tried these years ago.
By: Briarhurst from Oakton, VA US on December 2, 2012
"The synthetic, disposable pads tend to make me itchy after several days of use. GladRags solved the problem. I do not get itchy while using them. I did start using them with some trepidation: it is nice to toss your mess away and walk off never looking back (though my addition to the garbage stream over the years has bothered me). And I admit I have not switched completely to GladRags as I can't quite see carrying around a heavily soiled pad, waterproof case or not. However, after the heavy days, or if I am home during heavy days and at night on heavy days, I am all GladRags (until I run out and until I do a wash). They are far more easier to deal with than I expected. They clean-up very easily and come clean. They are also very comfortable to wear, especially the light day pads. "
By: Varesha from Pasadena, CA US on October 19, 2012
"These pads don't stick to you like regular ones do. I've been using them for 7 years now and would never go back to the disposable ones! Such a great idea, so good for the earth and so much more comfortable for me!"
By: KA from S, TH on October 8, 2012
"I appreciate not wearing plastic and not contributing to the landfill every month in this way. Gladrags' customer service was a terrific help when I was considering my options, and they shipped them immediately so I could take them on my trip. The "dark colors" bleed in the wash so I prefer the lighter designs such as the butterfly, which does show stains but not much. I currently live in the tropics and soaking in water overnight leads to smelly decay, even with changing the water frequently, so they must be washed thoroughly every day here. A bit of a time commitment but worth the hassle to avoid putting more plastic into the environment. Gentle, breathable and comfortable. Highly recommended."
Love these, never going back!
By: MJ Parker from Berkeley, CA US on May 10, 2013
"I really love glad rags, they have really changed the way I feel about that time of the month. They are comfortable and it feels good not throwing something more into landfill. It takes 1-2 cycles to figure out how many to use when, but then it's easy after that. Keeping them in an old pot filled with water has worked fine as well after use. If you don't want to see stains, I would recommend the dark pack. I also got the special detergent, though I think using any non-scented type with no dyes/softner would work just as well. Loved the customer service as well, will definitely buy more once needed :)"
By: Liz from McMinnville, OR US on October 15, 2013
"Love these cloth pads! The kit was a good amount to get started with. I haven't used the wash bag--I don't feel it is necessary. The travel bag is handy to use. Since you should launder them daily, I haven't felt the need to have any more, this amount has been just about right (I also use the Lunette cup on my two heavy flow days and love it!). "
Not what I expected
By: auntflo from Minneapolis, MN US on September 4, 2013
"I tried the cloth pads on my heaviest flow day and they just couldn't hold up. Even doubling the liners I leaked onto my underwear after less than two hours. I ended up using a disposable liner under the pad to prevent leaks. Would recommend only for lighter flow days or for dainty gals who hardly bleed. On a positive note, the pads were very soft and well-made."
I'm a convert.
By: Cait from Saint Louis, MO US on March 1, 2014
"I use a progestin only birth control so I consistently spot throug hout the month. I had been feeling like I was at the end of my rope until I purchased these. I love my gladrags and won't be going back to reusable, there were a few things that I perhaps would change but overall an A-. The pantyliners, the best choice for how light I am most days, slip around the crotch of my panties themselves when I'm sleeping or wearing cute (ie most Victorias Secret Pink) panties so I do somewhat wish they were maybe shaped more like the overnight pad. I love the day pads, my only issue has been that I have to make sure they don't bunch up in my buttcrack at work and make my yoga pants look lumpy. The overnight hasn't been needed much but I will say it's bigger than my underwear mostly but I wear an xs or s so I'm ok with busting out the ugly panties for sleeping since it means I can cuddle without fearing for our sheets (or his pjs). "