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Everyone has that one thing that causes them to think in a different way. For us crunchier folks, a lot of times cloth diapers are the gateway to all things crunchy. Some start using them because they’re cute with a side order of responsibility but then get exposed to a whole new world that they may not have known about before.
Talk to a lot of cloth diaper users and you may find that a lot of them also prefer to use other environmentally friendly, more natural options in many other areas of their lives. Some were this way prior to using cloth diapers but a lot of them got more interested in these ideals after using cloth diapers.
Not me. Cloth diapers weren’t my gateway, but I’ll tell you what was.
About six or seven years ago, before I ever used cloth diapers, a mom group that I have belonged to since my oldest son was born was discussing reusable menstrual products. What?! I was pretty horrified. One woman admitted to using cloth pads and a few others admitted to using menstrual cups. I was shocked that people used these things. The thread continued for a few days and a couple of other women decided to try a cup. Women that I trusted and had posted some of our most personal life details with. As the months went by, the conversations continued. These women loved their cups. How could this be?
I decided to throw caution to the wind and ordered one. I tried it and after a few months, loved it and never turned back. But there was NO WAY that I was going to try cloth pads. Ever. Period (no pun intended).
Now that I also use cloth diapers on my son I met a new group of women who use cloth pads or mama cloth as it’s commonly referred to. There was still no way. I wasn’t interested. Then last month I had the opportunity to review cloth pads. It took me a few days to agree to the review but I kept hearing how great cloth pads are and figured, what have I got to lose? Now I’m eating a little bit of crow.
They stay put and aren’t as messy, inconvenient, or difficult to wash as I thought they would be. Aunt Flo isn’t a particularly pleasant guest no matter what kind of product you use during her stay but cloth pads are no more “gross” than having dirty ones sitting in a garbage can in your bathroom for a few days.
My biggest issues with cloth pads were how to store the dirty ones until wash day and how to wash them. If you’re already using cloth diapers you can store and wash them along with the diapers. If you don’t or are bothered by that idea you can store them in their own small wet bag until the end of your cycle.
There aren’t any special washing instructions though I would recommend washing a rinse cycle prior to the wash cycle. I’ve washed mine with both diapers and towels. If you’re worried about staining, the Pink Lemonade minky pads that I have aren’t stained at all.
I never thought that I would use, much less recommend cloth pads but here I am. If a diehard skeptic like me can finally try them and LIKE them, anyone can. What have you got to lose?
Was there anything that made you more crunchy?