With green living growing in popularity (thank goodness!), it’s no surprise that there are reusable versions of everything. From reusable snack bags to cloth paper towels, people everywhere are becoming more interested in eco-conscious products that are also non-toxic and money saving.
Believe it or not, reusable menstrual products while they have been growing in popularity, have actually been around a while. As we remove the taboo associated with talking about our monthly cycles, we’re able to talk about which menstrual products we use and share our recommendations with our friends.
Cloth pads are non-toxic and better for our health. As the bioaccumulation of toxins in the body due to exposure becomes a real issue, it’s more important than ever before to take steps, even tiny steps, toward switching to products that are safe.
Disposable pads are made with plastics, synthetic fragrances and odor & moisture absorbing chemicals similar to those found is disposable diapers. Many women aren’t even aware that that they have sensitivities to these toxins until they make the switch to cloth pads and realize how much more comfortable being on their period can be.
Cloth pads come in various shapes, sizes, fabrics and absorbencies. Cloth Pads, like these are available in fabrics like minky, organic bamboo velour, organic cotton jersey, cotton woven and even raw silk! From thong shaped pads and mini liners for backup to overnight, heavy flow and even postpartum, there is a cloth pad for every need.
Cloth pads are washable and will last for YEARS. It’s not uncommon for a set of cloth pads to last for many years depending on how many you own and how often you wash them. While the initial investment might be more than a package of disposable pads, over time they’ll have earned their keep and will have saved you a ton of money and hassle.
Cloth pads are convenient, easy to use and SO easy to care for. Once you have a stash of cloth pads you’ll always have what you need and you’ll never get caught off guard without the necessary supplies. Cloth pads can be worn for hours depending on your flow just like disposables and they’re also so easy to launder. TIP: Rinse and wring out your pads in the bathroom sink then toss in with your regular laundry or towels if you prefer to play it safe. Have stains? Don’t worry, stains fade quickly over time and can also be lightened with the help of the sun.
When is the last time you treated yourself to something new and something that’s better for you?
It only takes a few to give cloth pads a try on your next cycle. Check out online cloth pad shops like my favorite, Pink Lemonade Shop, for a large in stock variety of cloth pads, menstrual cups accessories.
Julie is a mama to three kids including identical twins. She’s passionate about green living, reusable products and natural parenting. She blogs about cloth diapers, cloth pads and more on her blog Cloth Diaper Geek.