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Organic Cloth Menstrual Pads

Updated on July 26, 2009

If you’ve read my articles on organic tampons or organic pads, you already know how much healthier organic products are for your vagina. Loads of women are discovering that their chronic yeast infections suddenly stop manifesting when they switch from chemically treated menstrual products to chemical free, natural fiber menstrual devices. I tend to recommend the Mooncup menstrual cup to those women who prefer to forgo the mess and odor often associated with menstruation, but if you’ve really got your heart set on pads, re-usable organic cloth pads are definitely the best way to go, from both health perspective and a Green one.

Back to basics

Your grandmother (okay, maybe great-grandmother for some of you) didn’t just walk down to the shop and toss a big pack of overnight maxi pads in her shopping cart. No, she probably used some sort of cloth material for her menses and then soaked them in a diaper pail for proper cleaning. Your grandmother didn’t need to see her gynecologist every month for creams to stop the most recent yeast infection or other form of vaginitis due to chemically treated pads and tampons. Your grandmother didn’t need to spend money on pads or tampons every month, either – and neither do you.

Modern basics

Not to worry, I don’t expect you to fold up a rag and hope it does it good enough job while you’ve got your period. Nor do I expect you to stick said rags in a diaper pail for cleaning. Nope; you’ve got way better options going on today. While some of you may prefer soaking your used pads in a similar fashion, it’s also possible let them dry out and then soak them for 30 minutes (in cold water) in the washing machine before washing them properly. If you really want to be old school, you could soak and drain them each night and them hang dry them before proper washing, but the modern washing machine will sort most of that for you. Check out brands like Sckoon Organics.

Pretty organic pads

While I have to admit the idea of making cute maxi pads seems a bit odd when you consider what their purpose it, I do like the look of some of the cloth pads available. Teenagers especially may be more inclined to use organic cloth pads if they don’t resemble your great-grandmother’s pads, but grown ups may appreciate them as well. One thing grownups are sure to appreciate is the reusable factor: no more having to run down to the store to pick up pads or tampons. And, quite possibly, no more vaginitis or yeast infections, either.


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    • Mama Drama profile image

      Mama Drama 

      9 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      Oh yes they work! I switched a year ago and will never go back to disposables again! I made my first set and when I was ready to use them, it just so happend that we were camping. No one would have blamed me to wait, but I took the challenge to find out if it would be just as easy. I am hooked and I bring the good news to every other woman out there! I am the mom of five daughters and they are just now switching after hearing my praises for the last year! Great hub ~ you bet!

    • pan1974 profile image


      9 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      I just learned something new.

    • fortunerep profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I have a friend who uses the organic pads and she gave me one a while back but do they work as well? What about leaking and such? love to try it but i think I will while only at home, just in case. Great hub



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