I would say it’s a little bit of freedom. Freedom to jump, laugh, run, relax and just live a normal life. Without worry about leaks and stains.

Disposable protection haven’t been around for more than about 80 years, and wasn’t really in use until maybe the 1950’s or 60’s. Women just used folded fabric or crocheted pads up until then.

Now we’re moving back to washable materials. Which is great. We’re saving the environment, our money and it’s so much better for our skin (they breath and there are no chemicals involved).

So, what is reusable incontinence pads today? It’s basically the same as before, some kind of cloth. The biggest differences are the absorption capacity and fit. Today we have the luxury to be able to focus on comfort, price, capacity, fit and attractiveness. Let’s go a little bit further in to detail.

what is washable incontinence pads

What is reusable incontinence pads?

Reusable incontinence pads are just what it sounds like, cloth pads with great absorption qualities that you can use as incontinence protection in your underwear, and wash to use time and time again. There are a couple of different fabrics to choose from, and a lot of colors and patterns.

Most of them have buttons that you snap underneath. Very easy to put in place and a durable solution. You can easily remove them without taking of pants or underwear.

incontinence cloth pads

Fabric selection - choose bamboo

There are mainly 3 types of fabrics used in reusable incontinence pads. Polyester, Bamboo and Cotton. The cloths are often a mix between different types of fabrics.

Bamboo is the absolut best choice of fabric for incontinence pads. It absorbs the fastest and is thin (which means you can add an extra layer of protection without it getting too bulky). A downside is that it can stain if not treated and loose softness with time.

There are also different absorbency levels. You can find pantyliners up to night pads to choose from. Unfortunately I haven't come across any reusable pad that is recommended for full bladder incontinence.

Styles & Designs

You can find numerous shapes for reusable incontinence pads, but they're pretty similar to each other and other disposable options. What is more fun is all the colors and patterns. A little bit of sunshine in an otherwise dark place.

Reusable incontinence pads are basically the same thing as reusable period pads, they absorb fluids and protect from leakage and stains.


How do you clean reusable incontinence pads?

You can usually wash reusable incontinence pads in hot, warm and cold water, but if you want them to last as long as possible you should only wash them on cold cycles.

4 tips that will extend the life of a reusable pad

  1. Don't soak them (use a wetbag for storage)
  2. Wash in cold water
  3. Don't use fabric softeners
  4. No bleaching