In a day and age when “green” is a buzz word and when it seems the entire planet is making you feel guilty for throwing anything away, cloth pads would be a good choice. But what if I told you there are actual health benefits for using cloth pads, benefits that would ease discomfort during your monthly cycle?
I know, I know, it’s seems yucky, downright disgusting. But I’m here to convince you otherwise. Tirzah and I have been using cloth pads for YEARS! Myself longer than Tirzah, but years nonetheless.
- Cloth reduces the blood flow (chemical laced pads and tampons actually leech MORE blood out of your uterus.)
- Less cramping. (see above comment)
- Not Itchy
- Shorter periods
Here’s what some of our pads look like. Tirzah and I have our own that we keep separated; stored separately that is, not washed separately. We just used some old flannel, an old towel and a special water proof fabric called PUL.
We made them with “wings” and Velcro closures.
We store our pads in cute little baskets in the bathroom. This one is mine.
This is Tirzah’s.
We store the baskets on a shelf in the bathroom, super cute and discreet.
It’s not hard to wash cloth pads at all! When we are going through our cycle we just stick our dirty pads in an old diaper pail with a washable liner. I’m not using this for diapers anymore, but when I was, we just added the pads to the dirty diapers. You could keep an ice cream pail next to the toilet or even a cute little garbage can that’s just out during your special time of the month. We wash our pads in our front loader using the sanitary cycle with a scoop of oxy clean with the detergent. They come out stain free and odor free every time! One time we forgot to wash the pads…for a whole month! They still came out nice and clean. Even if they were a little stained, so what? Who’s going to see them anyway?
Here are some links for free patterns and more health information for you to check out.
So…what do you think? Don’t be shy to ask questions or leave comments!Blessings,
Mrs. B (Tirzah’s Mom)