After use, separate the inserts from the holder. Pantyliners do not have inserts.
Soak in cold water, if desired, to help prevent staining. Use the presoak function on your washing machine, or soak in a covered rust-proof container. Change soaking water daily.
Machine wash cold using a natural detergent and tumble dry low or line dry. Do not use bleach or fabric softener. 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 place until next use.
Avoid using detergents with fabric softeners or whiteners/brighteners as these can inhibit the absorbency of your cloth pads. Be aware that soaking your cloth pads in water with additives such as hydrogen peroxide can degrade the fabric and lead to holes. For this reason, we recommend utilizing stain removers as spot treatments and do not advise soaking cloth pads in water treated with peroxide-based stain removers.
We do not recommend the use of castile soap, facial soap, or other soaps not intended for textile laundering. Excess detergent may lead to build up, which can limit the absorbency of your cloth pads. While we have many customers that use homemade detergents with great success, cloth pads laundered with homemade detergent are not covered under our warranty. Full warranty information is available here.
A note about staining: Soaking your GladRags in cold water or pre-treating with an enzymatic cleanser immediately after using are two simple ways to prevent staining. However, light staining does not indicate that your laundered cloth pads are not clean or sanitary!
To clean your GladRags Carry Bag, simply wipe the bag with a damp cloth or machine wash cold, then air dry or tumble dry low.
Menstrual Cup Cleaning & Care
Always wash your hands before inserting or removing your menstrual cup. At the beginning of your cycle, and throughout your period when emptying and reinserting your cup, thoroughly wash it with mild soap and water. It’s best to have a freshly-washed cup and hands for body-safe menstrual cup usage!
At the end of your cycle, wash and dry your menstrual cup before storing it in the drawstring fabric bag provided. Do not store your cup in a plastic bag or airtight container.
XO Flo has two small holes near the opening of the cup which should be kept clean. Do not use a toothpick or other sharp objects to clean the holes as this may damage the cup. Instead, submerge the cup in water and squeeze the water out through the holes. Your menstrual cup may naturally discolor slightly over time. This does not impair its function. Soaking your menstrual cup for a few minutes in hydrogen peroxide diluted in water may help remove stains.
It is not necessary to boil a menstrual cup to clean it. If you choose to boil your menstrual cup, do not boil for longer than 5 minutes. Be aware that boiling may reduce the lifespan or affect the quality of your menstrual cup.
Please note: all of our pads are proudly sewn by hand. As such, some variation will naturally occur. The sizes above are approximate. Please be aware that GladRags are not pre-shrunk and some shrinkage may occur after washing.
We always encourage new users to use pantyliners as back-up on their first cycle of using a menstrual cup, just in case. If you'd like more help choosing reusable cloth pads or a menstrual cup, simply get in touch with us and we can help you find the perfect products for your needs.
Most people don't find the detailed sizing information below necessary when choosing their menstrual cup. If you're curious, or if you have specific sizing needs, the table below shows sizing specifications for XO Flo & XO Flo Mini.
I love the organic pantyliners. I find they stay put with well-fitting pants, snapped around my cotton Jockey panties. When I use the restroom I can pull them forward or backward, if needed, but usually only 1/4 inch or so. They are very comfortable. At night I take them off, drip some Biokleen ensyme solution on the dirty areas and set them aside, take my shower, then wash them out under the sink with a little soap, rubbing the dirty area together with other areas of the cloth liners. I rinse and squeeze them out, hang to dry and then put in the laundry basket. I wash them in the machine inside a lingerie mesh thing, on cold, with the rest of my white clothes, using Trader Joe's laundry soap, no bleach, and then dry them in a dryer (inside the mesh) long enough to get them a bit dry. I don't want to shrink them or distort their shape, so I pull them back into shape at the edges and iron them. I hang them up to dry completely. I REALLY LIKE them! They are substantial, yet soft and so much better than adding to the landfill! I tried the Pantyliner Plus, but like the smaller pantyliners better. I am a senior in menopause and use them for normal drips and stains.
I really have liked using these pantiliners, so much better than disposable. Someone else mentioned they ran into the pantiliner slipping around. I had that problem as well and was very frustrated about it until I remembered that safety pins exist and that has worked great for me. I also have only used the organic cotton so I can't weigh in on which I like more, but I can't complain about the organic version. They do stain a bit if you use them on heavier days but I'm not bothered by it personally.
Great substitution, but needs a non-slip design somehow
I'm happy to be a part of the no-menstruation waste movement. However, these pantyliners also slip to the back after I walked a distance. So I keep having to pull it forward each time I go to the rest room. Perhaps there needs to be a non-slip gel/material, or an underwear that pairs with the pantyliners?
I have been exclusively using a menstrual cup for years. After having a child, I found I needed a little extra protection as my periods were heavier. I bought all the GladRags pad sizes to have the option to forego the menstrual cup if I wanted for a period cycle. They are all wonderful! I don't wear the liners with silky underwear as they slide a little. They don't slide on cotton underwear. The organic cotton pads are SO COMFORTABLE! I will be using these for my second child postpartum instead of the disposable pads from the hospital. Thank you GladRags for making such a wonderful product that I will use for years and prevent unnecessary waste to be sent to the landfill.