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Apr. 17th, 2012 @ 06:12 pm How to Make Truly Waterproof Pads?
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I'm fairly new to the homemade pad thing. A few months ago I ordered some PUL and made a bunch. I don't use them for periods, but as everyday pantyliners, which I need if I don't want to wash my pants (if you're English, trousers) every day. But the ones I made aren't very waterproof.

I used 1 layer of PUL, which is a supposedly waterproof polyester, sandwiched between two layers of cotton on each side.

Definitely not waterproof. Not remotely. They're not as comfortable to me as disposable pantyliners either--the fluid does not get whisked away; they *feel* wet, which isn't pleasant. But still, I use them about half the time.

Any recommended recipes for more comfortable and waterproof pads? (I'm not looking to buy; I'm looking to make.)

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Date:April 18th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
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I think what you are dealing with is moisture. Excess moisture as in the "wet" feeling.

PUL is not designed to ward off moisture or dampness. It's meant to hold off fluid leakage.
What you need is Polyester Fleece material. I prefer "Anti-Pill Polyester Fleece" because it's fluffier and durable.

Polyester Fleece is 100% Polyester and is great at keeping excess moisture away. I use this as the back of my cloth pads to also help with water-resistance which temporarily stops the menstrual flow from going through, I change my pads quite frequently and one should also do the same even if not menstruating. PUL is water-proof and Polyester Fleece is water-resistant.

I would top the pad with something 100% cotton, I recommend flat cotton or t-shirt jersey (highly recommend t-shirt jersey material though). And the back would be polyester fleece. Additionally, you can also put some absorbent layer in the inside such as 1 0r 2 layers of cotton flannel, or some t-shirt jersey.


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Date:April 18th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
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Ok, thanks! I'll try the polyester fleece. I can probably dig up some jersey too!

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Date:April 18th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
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To me it sounds like you don't have enough absorbancy--the fluids just slide right off. I also find cotton velour (which I got from some track suit pants at goodwill) feels drier than flannel or flat cotton. You also don't necessarily have to get rid of the pads you made, you can always add some absorbancy to the top and try them again.

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Date:April 18th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Argh, I replied and it was marked as spam because I included a link. :( Let's try this again...

I second the others - it's not that the PUL isn't waterproof, it's that there isn't enough absorbent material above it to soak up the moisture. The moisture sits on top because there is nowhere else for it to go.

It's unlikely that you need PUL for everyday pantiliners, unless you're dealing with stress incontinence, where the liner has to cope with sudden gushes of fluid. Dalya's suggestion of polyester fleece backing is a good one, as it gives you some water resistance while still being 'breathable'. For everyday though, you might be fine with just cotton. Flannel is good as it absorbs quickly, and can be layered according to how much absorbency you need. This pattern (link removed - go to Google and type in "adahy pantiliner pattern", it'll be at the top) is for a four layer non-waterproofed pantiliner, which works especially well with flannel. You could always back it with polyester fleece or PUL if you need the waterproofing.

Hope this helps! :)
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Date:April 18th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
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I think that's the pattern I used! Only I resized them for my underwear and made a thong version, too. Could be that the moisture is sitting on top and going *around* (it ends up being damp on the bottom, so I thought it was soaking through).

Flannel sounds like a good idea! Thanks!