I'm brand new to cloth pads (as in, literally starting TODAY!) and I'm already loving it. But I'm just realizing that I do not have a firm plan on how to soak my cloth when I get home tonight. I have a few thoughts/needs to address:
- I know I need something to soak them in. I have a large secondhand pot (I think it's enamel) that I'm thinking of using. Would I need to do anything to it to clean it before using it to soak? Also, it's BIG - which leads to the second problem...
- The one bathroom in our apartment is VERY small. I'm actually not sure if I can fit anything in there ANYWHERE, on the floor or anywhere else. The space is used as efficiently as possible, clutter is not a problem at all, there just isn't any floor space. Do you soak your cloth in the bathroom, and where in the bathroom do you put the container?
- Cleaning supplies - I've heard so many recommendations. We've been slowly converting to natural cleaning supplies as the budget has allowed for it, and I'm making the leap with laundry now that I'm switching to cloth. What's your favorite?
- DP. He is generally extremely easy-going and more than happy to participate in some of the ways I want our household to run, but if he has one hang-up in the whole world it is, as he terms it, "all bathroom stuff." I think it's partially that he's never lived with a woman before me and that he didn't have any sisters growing up, but he can't even deal with things like being in the room while I pee. I do not want him to have to constantly interact/see my pads soaking, because it would make him very uncomfortable. Yes, I know what you're going to say - I should just tell him to grow up and get over it. But this is ACTUALLY his only weird "thing", whereas I have about a million hang-ups, big and small, that he deals with on a daily basis with more kindness and understanding than any man I've ever known, and he has begged me to please just deal with this one thing for now. So I am - for now. Any thoughts on how I can make this transition as comfortable for him as possible, or really, any thoughts on how I can most effectively hide my soaking container etc? What did you tell your DH/DP/other members of your family?
Looking to hear some personal recs and ideas from ladies who have BTDT. TIA for any advice!