For a while now I have been looking in to different ways to reduce our household waste. With nappies, wipes and sanitary towels being some of the most common non-recyclable single-use plastics in a household, I have tried my best to decrease the use of them by switching to reusable alternatives.
Switching to cloth sanitary pads has actually been quite a breeze! I spent a good few months researching the different sizes, styles and levels of absorbency, while using up my stash of disposables.
I must admit that I did find that overall, as the pads are handmade (or the ones I like are) they are a little pricey. But, I completely overlooked the cost, when I know they’re going to last years, which means I’ll eventually see a financial saving aswell as decreasing our household waste!
Here are a few of the shops I purchased my pads from:
One Cheeky Bee
Rag Hag Shop
There are SO many more shops about, but I’d be here forever listing them all – haha!
I’ve been using cloth sanitary pads for 3months now and since making the switch I’ve found that:
My periods aren’t as heavy as I thought
It does sound a bit silly, but along with my next few points, when using disposable sanitary pads, I found my period to be a lot “messier”.
I’m not changing pads as much as I was with disposables
When I purchased my reusable pads, I completed overestimated how many I’d really need. As I’d get through at least one pack of daily pads, which had around 30 pads in and 4 or 5 nighttime pads, I assumed I’d need the same amount of cloth pads too! It may just be my experience, but I definitely don’t need as many. I’ve got around 30 cloth pads, in different absorbencies, and every month since switching I’ve had more pads left over.
I don’t fear “leaking” when out and about.
On my first day using cloth pads, I actually went on a slightly unplanned day out with my mum. I was out for around 4 hours without a second thought and didn’t worry about leaking once.
I don’t feel uncomfortable from the plasticy feeling “down there”
It may just be me but, when I used disposable pads, by day 4 or 5 I was so prepared to go pad free because of how uncomfortable I felt “down there”. I’d then end up changing pads more often, creating more waste! Now, I find my periods to be so comfortable and like most people using cloth pads, I look forward to my period because of how much comfier they are!
I soak the pads, topside down, in cold water which has a stain remover for colours mixed in. I do this for 4 hours or longer if I can, usually in the bathroom sink.
I then squeeze each pad out and check for any stains. There have been a couple which are lighter fabrics that have discoloured slightly. Any that have light stains, I use a stain remover which has a brush, so I can really get the stain treatment into the fabric.
After I’ve rinsed and checked each pad, I wash on 40° with a low spin and an extra rinse (that’s just my preference though!)
Do you use cloth pads? If not, would you consider switching?