A Greener Period: Part 3- A Cloth Pads Primer

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Using cloth pads is not nearly as gross as I thought it would be. I originally bought these organic pantyliners by Imse Vimse to use as backup for my Diva Cup . I ended up liking them so much that when my period got lighter I used them alone.

I like cloth menstrual pads because they are so much softer than disposables and they breathe better. I don’t get dry skin or rashes from them. For this post I wanted to provide some basic info about cloth pads in general- I’ll do a large review post on different brands later. If you want to know why I made the switch you can check out this post.

What Are Cloth Pads Made Out Of?

Cloth pads can be made out of a variety of materials. Cotton and cotton flannel are very common. Some are topped with minky fabric or velour. Some contain PUL inside to prevent leaks.  There are also pads that are lined with fleece or corduroy to prevent slipping. Pads can come with or without wings just like disposables. Unlike disposables, cloth pads with wings use snaps or aplix (velcro) to keep them in place. I have even seen pads made out of bamboo fibers.

How Do I Care for Cloth Pads?

Cloth pads really aren’t difficult to care for. I place my used ones in a wet bag with my family cloth. Some people soak them but I have not found that to be necessary. I do rinse them in the sink with soap before I launder them to prevent staining. I wash mine in a mesh laundry bag with towels. Many women also throw them in with cloth diapers. I hang them to dry rather than placing them in the dryer they will last longer.

What Different Kinds of Pads Are Available?

Cloth pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes. On the smaller end are pantyliners for everyday use, light days, or with a menstrual cup. There are also regular, long, overnight and even postpartum sizes. They are available with and without wings, though I prefer them with wings.

Will I Really Save Money If I Have to Wash Them?

Yes! I don’t run any extra loads of laundry. Cloth pads are small and really don’t take up much space. I just throw them in with a load of towels I was going to do anyway.

I hope this post has cleared up some of the questions people have about trying out cloth menstrual pads. Do you have any questions? Ask them in the comments section below!


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