I officially said goodbye to disposable pads three months ago. I use reusable cloth pads for a number of reasons. It’s better for the environment, more affordable, and safer for your body. I only used reusable cloth pads for my last three menstrual cycles so I feel comfortable explaining to you a little about I use cloth pads and how I clean and store them.
The ones I use are from a company called Heartfelt, and I purchased these on Amazon in February. I was very interested in purchasing these because these cloth pads have charcoal, and it’s very absorbent at soaking up liquids. I think these are great for nighttime wear since they have long wings and stay in place. These are a little bulky so they might not be the best choice for daytime wear. Even though I use them during the day I choose to wear sweatpants and forgo my jeans that week. If you would like in depth review of these pads I will be posting one soon.
A lot of cloth pads have a button that will hold the pad in place with your underwear. You have to look for cloth pads that fit your specific needs. Cloth pads come in varieties of colors, fabrics, and sizes. I recommend you research and read product reviews before choosing your first set. I first experimented with reusable pads when I purchased one on Etsy. Over time, the one I purchased on Etsy appears to have shrunk in the wash, and also does not absorb as well as the ones I use now. The great thing about cloth pads is the amount of variety you can choose from, but the trick is finding which one is better suited for your needs.
Once I’ve used a pad for a few hours and I feel like I’m ready for a change I will unclip the button and hand wash it with hot water and soap. If I’m not home I simply fold the pad and button it so I can throw it into my bag and wash it later. The wetbag I use has two separate zipper compartments: a waterproof compartment for used pads, and the other for clean ones. I don’t remember where I purchased my wet bag, but you can find many of these on Etsy or on other sites.
When the cloth pads are done air drying I put them in the washing machine and dryer as usual. I store them in a clean bag, and they’re ready to use for the next month. It’s very easy to use cloth pads, and I think it’s worth it to try them out if you’re interested. Purchasing cloth pads is an investment, but once you have a small collection of them you will no longer need to spend a dime. I paid $22 for the set of three Heartfelts on Amazon. I used to spend around $8 a month on disposable pads every month, and now I spend $0!
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