Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads(Minky Pads)
An introduction to cloth pads
Cloth menstral pads are not much different than disposable pads. They are used in the same way. The pad is attacted to your underwear and soaks us the blood. Disposable pads are thrown out and add to landfills while cloth pads are washed and reused over and over again for many years. Cloth pads can be bought on websites such as amazon and etsy or made by hand. There is not much difference between the way you use either pad making the transition not so difficult.
Cloth vs Disposable
Bleached to make white
Contributes to landfils
New pads must be bought when you run out
May cause rashes for some women
Can be thrown out
Eviromently friendly since reusable and have no plastic wrapping
Less overall waste
Can be made at home
Helps small business
Made with less chemicals or non at all
More breathable so carry less odor
Up front cost is more
Must be washed
How to use
Cloth pads are used in much the same way as disposables. Disposables have an adhesive that allows it to attach to the underwear. Cloth pads may have a snap or button to keep it in place.You will need cloth pads in a variety of sizes for light days up to heavy days. Depending on how often you are able to wash the pads will depend on how many you need for one cycle. I was able to get away with only four pads but had to wash them all one time during my cycle. I used Pink Lemonade Shop minky pads found on etsy.com in size 7 in, 8 in, 9 in and 10 in. The 7 in is good for everyday or light days, the 8 in for light to medium, 9 in for medium to heavy and the 10 in for heavy to overnight. I found these to be very absorbent and easy to use and wash. I was impressed with how well they held up during heavy days and over night. I had almost no leaking and they stayed in place.
Rinse the used pad in the sink with cold/warm water. You can let them soak in the water if you want to or ring them out and put into a bag until you can wash in washer. I rinsed them out after each use making sure all the blood was out as best as possible and then put into a baggie until I could wash in washer. I then washed the pads with my regular laundry and dried it in the dryer also. I then was able to reuse the pads. The minky pads did not stain and are very soft and comfortable. There are many small business and people who make and sell cloth pads. Etsy is a great place to find some and Amazon.com. You can also look for instructions to make your own.