Fast forward FOUR years... I'm just now entering the world of cloth menstrual pads. I'll admit... it's a big jump to make! Most people, even those who would consider themselves "green," balk at the idea of cloth pads. Hopefully with this post, we can dispel some rumors and make it all seem a little...less...scary!
My reasons for switching to "mama cloth" (not sure I like that name, since it's not ONLY mamas who use it) were very similar to my reasons for cloth diapering: it's good for the environment, good for the body, and good for the wallet (long-term).
I've discovered I LIKE using cloth menstrual pads. I like it for the reasons above, AND I like it for a few surprise reasons! It's comfortable, simple, the pads are cute, and... no smell! (Seriously, the smell you associate with your period is the smell of your blood mixing with the chemicals in disposable pads and tampons.)
My hesitance? Also the same: washing.
Washing cloth menstrual pads is NOT hard, and it's not totally gross.
At home, many women rinse their pads in cold water (sink or bathtub will do; no need to dunk them in the toilet!) to reduce staining. Then, pads can simply be thrown into a wet bag until wash time (I hang mine from a towel rack in my bathroom... MUCH more attractive than used disposable pads filling a trash can.)
When you're out and about, simply use a smaller wet bag to store dirty pads (most of them fold and snap for convenience). You can either rinse your pads when you get home or not at all.
At wash time, most women find it easiest to follow a basic cloth diaper routine: rinse, wash with detergent, rinse. Here at MSDC, we even carry a detergent made specifically for cloth pads! Pads can be dried in the dryer or line-dried.
Right now, at MSDC, we carry Luna Pads. We hope to add to our inventory over time. Please contact us if you have any suggestions!
Do you use cloth menstrual pads??