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Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads(Minky Pads)

Updated on October 11, 2012

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

Cloth pads

Eviromently friendly since reusable and have no plastic wrapping

Less overall waste

Saves money

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 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.

To wash

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 You can also look for instructions to make your own.


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      silverempiress 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      When it is full like any other pad you remove it but instead of throwing out the pad like with the disposable pads you rinse it in the sink. I think that the cloth ones absorb better and smell less. Definetly have a back up though in case you need to change it while out. If it is not a private bathroom or feel unfomfortable with rinsing in the sink have plastic baggie to put it in until you can wash it at home. Actually you will want a water proof bag to put the used one in whether you rinse it out right a way or not. I like to rinse them out right away if possible and then throw them in washer and dryer when I get home. They are less likey to stain if you rinse them as soon as possible. I haven't had any of mine stain yet. They come out of the dryer looking like the day I got them.

      Depending on what size and how well they absorb and how heavy your period is that day you may need any where from 1-3 pads for the day.

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      esther 5 years ago

      Interesting....wait when you are using one (how long should you use one before washing?) should you have a backup?

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      silverempiress 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank You

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      Mikenna 5 years ago

      I love this article! So simply written, useful, and informative! Thank you!