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Up until two months ago I had a lot of questions about reusable menstrual pads which led to a lot of doubt. I have used a menstrual cup for about six or seven years but using pads just wasn’t on my radar. Not until I was approached to review a brand of cloth pads did I even consider it, but my questions still remained.
If you’re anything like the three-plus-months-ago me then you probably have a lot of questions and doubts as well. I will do my best to answer them as candidly as possible. If you have any additional questions that I didn’t address, please feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer it.
I promise mama cloth isn’t nearly as scary as you may think.
Do cloth pads stay put without adhesive?
Yes. They have wings that snap together around your panties. Due to the weight of the cloth pads, they stay where they’re supposed to. There might be some slight shifting that you can adjust when you use the bathroom but they will not move out of place and leave you unprotected.
Are they bulky?
They are thicker than disposable pads but they are very comfortable, you barely even notice them. The minky material makes them seem like they’re not there. Honest.
Are cloth pads as absorbent as disposable pads?
Yes. They have an absorbent core made from bamboo fleece that provides comparable or even superior absorbency than the SAP in disposable pads and without all of the icky chemicals.
Aren’t they inconvenient to use in public?
No. There are plenty of small wet bags available on the market that are small enough to carry in your purse or diaper bag (if you have small children, of course). Instead of putting it in a garbage can you just put it in the bag. No big deal.
Isn’t it messy?
This was my biggest concern when it came to using reusable pads, the ick factor. Honestly, they are less icky than disposable pads. Your flow soaks into the inner core of the pad and there is less on the pad for you to see. Another nice thing is that you don’t have them sitting in a garbage can in your bathroom for a few days. Just put them in a wet bag and deal with it at the end of your cycle.
How do you wash them?
I touched on my wash routine in this post but to simplify things: I wash them with my son’s cloth diapers. If that’s not your cup of tea or you don’t use cloth diapers I still recommend the same wash routine and will continue it when my son is no longer in diapers.
- warm rinse (or cold if your machine doesn’t give you another option. Mine doesn’t so I actually do a warm hand wash, no spin)
- wash on hot with the recommended amount of detergent of your choice. I use Tide or Gain, but any commercial detergent will do.
- extra rinse
I have also washed them with towels after a pre-rinse.
Also see my post on accessories to make your transition to reusable menstrual pads that much easier.