Why use Cloth Menstrual Pads?
Benefits and so much more.. {Part. 1}


Why use Cloth Menstrual Pads ?

  • Eco-Friendly  
  • Money Saver
  • No toxic chemicals on your skin
  • Cloth Pads are way more comfortable
  • Cloth Pads will not chafe or irritate your skin
  • They come in different shapes, sizes, absorbencies according to your bodies shape and flow.
  • Cloth Pads don’t trap moisture and sweat
  • No odor (chemicals in disposable pads cause odor)
  • Not to mention super cute fabric choices and materials (you ladies know exactly what I’m talking about!)
  • You don’t ever  have to send your spouse/mom/sister/friend to the store to get you pads and have to worry if they will get you the correct ones. (I know you can all relate to this one right ??)
  • Some say that it can also reduce cramping

Have you heard that using a natural product after childbirth actually speeds up post partum healing? I read it in a few places and thought that was great! It only makes sense that using the disposables against a delicate injured area would slow down healing but I hadnt thought of it before. – Nicole from Mama Kloth 

How many Cloth Pads will I need ? Best way to determine this will be keeping track of how many disposable pads you go through within a day. Once you get a number multiply it by two, this is if you wash every other day. The amount of cloth pads you have will determine how often you will have to wash. Also keeping in mind that the more cloth pads you have the less wear you will have on each one and will last longer same concept with cloth diapers. I’m currently not sure how many cloth pads I myself will be going through so once I know I will update you all on my numbers and take a photo of my stash.

How do you care for Cloth Pads ? Since cloth is nothing new in our family. Due to cloth diapering my son I have a good concept of how I will go about keeping my cloth pads nice and fresh. I plan on doing these steps.

  • Rinse in cold water after use, till water runs clear
  • If stained ( I will be using Buncha Farm stick on it)
  • Toss pad(s) in a wetbag until wash day. (be sure to wash pads in a timely manner to avoid mildew)
  • Fluff Laundry Day:
  1. Run a pre-rinse cycle on cold (no detergent)
  2. Wash them on low or warm using an eco-friendly detergent (ex. Rockin Green, Femme Rock)
  3. Tumble dry on low or air dry on my DIY indoor clothes line.
  4. After they are fully dry, put them away in my cute basket and wait till my next cycle.

There will be more information in Part 2 (traveling with cloth pads, what materials you will need to start using cloth pads) so please stay tuned… 

 You can also reference to my Cloth Pad Q&A Post 


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  1. I am going to try mama cloth once my period returns after breastfeeding. I already bought some to try.

  2. I ordered some mama cloth through a co-op and had several cloth panty liners that I’d used (that I made, and some that I won in giveaways!) in conjunction with my menstrual cups (THAT I LOVE!!!) but I’m stocking up on Mama Cloth now that I’m pregnant and I KNOW that I will need something different for the post-partumn period. Disposables are so gross to me! I just ordered 24 more super cute prints from another co-op buy (Who can beat $1.80 for bamboo and minky pads?!?!!!) But I want to get some of the cool ones like you have pictured. 🙂

    We already are using cloth diapers, family cloth, cloth napkins and unpaper towels in our house. We are a 100% Cloth family. We went from nothing, to all of that, in a year’s time 🙂

  3. Thanks for posting this! I’ve been considering using cloth pads once my period returns 🙂

    • Sew Fatty says:

      YAY!! so glad this was useful for you Bri, there is more info to come I’ll be posting it thursday so stay tuned.

  4. Sara Pearsall says:

    Last month was the first month I used my cloth pads. I was nervous because I just wasn’t convinced they would do the job as well as the Always I have relied on for so many years. I was shocked at how easy they are to care for as well as how comfortable they are to wear! I’m a convert. I only wish I hadn’t waited so long!!

    • Sew Fatty says:

      Sara, this is amazing to hear. I too am super excited to start using cloth. I’m so glad it was easy for you there will reviews and giveaways coming soon so be sure to check back to add to your stash.

  5. I have been a Ma Ma cloth wearer for a couple years now and at first I thought, there is no possible way that these can promise no painful cramps…boy was I wrong! I have not suffered from a single cramp since the first day I started using them! Not only am I saving myself from chemical exposure, I am sparing myself from unnecessary medication as well 🙂

    • Sew Fatty says:

      Wow really Alanna, so really you don’t get cramps anymore?? I thought It was just a he said she said thing.. this is amazing, I get horrible cramps. So great to know this and glad to have you part of my mama cloth team. Have you tried the cups yet ??

  6. Heather R. says:

    I’ve been using cloth pantiliners for a couple years now and am planning to make the switch to cloth (and a cup) full time as soon as I can save the money to get started. Like cloth diapers, it’s a big investment up front, but I know it will be worth it.

  7. I’ve been looking at cloth panty liners.

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