Until a few weeks ago I had never used reusable menstrual pads, or mama cloth before. I have used a menstrual cup for the past six or seven years but mama cloth made me nervous. I had much of the same reservations as I did about using cloth diapers in the beginning and look at how that turned out.
When Pink Lemonade approached me about doing a review I had to think about it for a few days. I have heard so many great things about mama cloth that I finally threw caution to the wind and decided to give it a try. For my review item, I chose the starter set since I didn't know what to expect.
About the pads:
The starter set includes one 8" Light Pad, one 9" Day Pad, & one 10" Heavy Pad. They are topped with soft, stain-resistant minky with an absorbent bamboo fleece inner core
They are backed with water-resistant windpro fleece and fasten to your panties with a sturdy poly resin snap
First I prepped them much like I would prep a new cloth diaper. I washed and dried them three times with my regular laundry to make sure they were plenty absorbent by the time old Aunt Flo decided to pay a visit.
I was surprised at how well they stayed in place. I expected them to slide a bit since they don't have an adhesive back. They are also very comfortable. With disposable pads I always feel them no matter how thin they are but even though these are a little thicker than a disposable pad, I barely even noticed them.
I have a very heavy period and I used these as back up to my cup during my review period (no pun intended) for the heaviest 2 days and they worked so well that I may try them on their own next time.
My wash routine:
This was the thing that made me the most nervous about using reusable pads. When I changed pads I rinsed the used one in lukewarm water in the sink. When wringing them out I was surprised at just how much fluid was held inside the core. I didn't realize that there was as much in there as there was.
After rinsing them I put them in my cloth diaper wet bag and washed them with my diapers, I admit that this thought freaked me out a little bit but then I realized that once my diapers are out of the wash they're clean. If the diapers are clean enough to put on my child then why wouldn't the pads be clean as well?
If you don't use cloth diapers, since I only have 3 pads there were a few times that I also washed them with my normal laundry. Since I pre-rinsed them in the sink they weren't all that messy so washing them with regular laundry didn't seem "gross". After several washes, the pads are still free of stains.
I was very pleased with my experience and Pink Lemonade has turned this mama cloth skeptic into a believer.
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