Why use Cloth Menstrual Pads ?
- 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:
- Run a pre-rinse cycle on cold (no detergent)
- Wash them on low or warm using an eco-friendly detergent (ex. Rockin Green, Femme Rock)
- Tumble dry on low or air dry on my DIY indoor clothes line.
- 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