I started using cloth menstrual pads over two years ago and my sixteen year old daughter joined me in using them last summer. I initially decided I wanted to try them simply due to the high cost (!) of disposable pads and tampons needed for two females. But then, I loved them so thoroughly that I knew I would never go back, and after hearing me rave about them for many months, Maggie asked me if I’d buy her some. We are saving some serious $$ these days!
Now, she does still use disposables for really heavy days because she’s more comfortable doing so, and I was still using tampons before finding out that I was pregnant last October, but the majority of our monthly cycles cost has been eliminated by using washable pads.
What Do They Feel Like?
They are completely soft and comfy! Unlike disposable pads, they do not have that plastic-y feel to them, or that swishy sound that some throw-away pads make. I like the feel of flannel but I’ve seen some people also use minky and I’m sure that feels amazing, too!
Caring for Them
They are no different than any article of clothing that’s been soiled. We deal with dirt, oil, food, and vomit without thinking twice – but there’s this line of thinking that says blood is somehow different – it’s NOT! If a child were to skin their knee and get blood on their pants, we wouldn’t throw the pants in the trash, we’d wash them, right? It’s the same with cloth menstrual pads. :) This is how I’ve come to be okay with the whole thing.
The actual process of laundering them is easy.
When a pad is soiled, I rinse it out with cool water and put it in a bin next to the washing machine. We do so much laundry at my house that it will only sit there for a day or two at the most! And then it gets thrown in to the next colored load I wash. No hassle! I used to put all the pads in a bucket of water until my cycle was over but I found that they started stinking – no idea why! But when I rinse and let them sit dry, there is no odor.
They can be hung to dry or tumbled in the dryer. Easy, easy.
To Buy or Make?
I am now sewing my own pads based on patterns I made myself (!), but the majority of my stash (and my daughter’s) was purchased on Etsy. If you can’t or don’t want to sew your own, I highly recommend looking around on Etsy. There are tons of shops with pads. My first pads were purchased from a shop called Cozy Cloth; her pads are completely waterproof, super comfortable, and have made me a 100% supporter of using cloth. Not to mention, they are really cute. :)
Have you made the switch to cloth menstrual pads yet? Share your experience! Do you have questions about them? I’d be happy to try and answer them!
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