What do I need to get started with Cheeky® incontinence pads or pants?
1. Pads, pants or both!
Is this your first time exploring the idea of reusable incontinence protection? If you’re thinking of switching to reusable incontinence pads or washable incontinence pants, we will recommend a couple of accessories to make life easier for you, both at home or when you are out and about on the go but firstly, of course, you’ll need the pads or pants themselves - see here for some advice on how many you would need. Popper the pads into your pants patterned side / label side down and plain side towards your body.
2. A wetbag or two…
We also recommend a little wetbag to carry your pads / pants when you're on the go. Our washable incontinence pads fold in two and then popper closed so that you can carry them discreetly, and our double wetbags have got two pockets, so that you can keep a clean set in one pocket and your used ones in the other. There’s no smell from the used pads / pants so don’t worry about that!
3. A Soaking Container or Strucket
Rinsing then cold soaking your used reusable incontinence pads and pants with a scoopful of oxygenated stain remover is the best way that we have found of ensuring that they wash well - and easily! We've got a couple of items which can help. Our soaking container and mesh bag comes as part of our cloth sanitary pads full kit, allowing you to soak your pads / pants and then use the mesh bag to insert into the machine. The new ‘Strucket’ is a revolutionary combined strainer and bucket which makes steeping, agitating and draining super simple. Of course you can simply soak them in a basin in your sink - whatever works best for you.
Which are the best pants to use with reusable incontinence pads?
Our washable incontinence pants work really well alongside reusable incontinence pads, but we have found that knickers with at least 5% of lycra in them helps keep the pads in place and stops them moving around.
Tricky question and to answer it best for a personalised recommendation, we recommend your try our questionnaire. It's a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question!
As a general rule, if you have a wash going on on alternate days and you would usually change your pad 2 or 3 times a day, then 8 pads / pants would give you time to wash and dry between uses.
However, we find best results from using incontinence pants in conjunction with our reusable incontinence pads, so would recommend four pairs of pants and up to 6 pads in total, assuming that you have a washload going on every other day. It’s difficult to give an exact number. So much depends on your level of bladder weakness, what your changing facilities are like during the day (at home, or at work in a toilet cubicle for example) and how often you have a clothes wash going on.
What's so special about Cheeky® Incontinence Pads?
- Their unique design means that the pad stays flat, minimising run-off. It's also slightly wider to the rear, and can be reversed for those who are sitting or lying down the majority of the time.
- Soft brushed cotton top equals speedy absorption, with a natural breathable material against the skin, cotton core to prevent compression leaks and maximise capacity without bulk. These are our slimmest pads.
- Extra tab on the side for grip which means opening the poppers is easier, especially if you struggle with your grip
- Anti-leak layer and non-wick wings for ultimate protection against leaks.
Still got questions? Feel free to contact us, Jo and her team use the pads and pants themselves an are happy to help.