I am thinking about going back to using cloth pads for my period. I was using organic tampons but our health food store has been closed and I am trying to stop buying the mainstream disposables. My only concern is that I don't have frequent bathroom breaks. I am a teacher and in order to use the restroom I have to run down the hallway in between classes. When I was using cloth before I was mostly staying at home or going to school so I could use the restroom whenever I wanted. I do have a locker in the restroom that I can leave extras in. So ladies that have used cloth while at work, how do you store the used pads? How often do you have to change the pads?
momma to 8 yr old dd. Furmom to our menagerie: 2 , 1, 2 , 2 , and 1 silly rabbit.
I have, I made them using PUL outers and folded them so the pul was outside similar to a indiv wrapped pad.
I find it's a pain to try and sneak that stuff back and forth to bathrooms at pretty much all my jobs, so I find that even on heaviest days my best course of action was cup + heavier pad. excepting my very heaviest day or two (7-8 cycle) the cup was enough until the last hour or so where i'd start getting leakage. the rest of the time the cup was enough that I'd wear a pantyliner type pad incase I got a bit of spotting/leakage type deal.
I don't even own a purse, but laptop bag is pretty roomy for me to carry the stuff around :)
I do keep like 2 disposable pads tucked deep into a pocket (which reminds me, I ought to check) incase it starts unexpectedly. I've noticed lately i'll think im fixing to start to the point i'll put a pad on before I go to bed and I SWEAR my body waits until I give up and think it's not coming before it decides to start.
i was doing a LOT of traveling until recently so i'd gone back to mostly sposies with cup because of that.....but now that i'm working local again I need to get making some new cloth ones. my old ones are like 6+ years old now and i need to replace badly!
Im a teacher too so i totally understand. I use a cup+ cloth pad. Cloth pads work so much better. I use a Planet Wise wet/dry bag to carry my clean and dirty pads in the same bag but in different compartments. Works great. I use Luna Pads so you just change the liners.
When I was working I used a small wet bag--it was the size of a little clutch so was fairly inconspicuous. However, if I were to do it now I'd get a wet/dry bag and store the dry pads in the dry compartment so I wouldn't have to carry them on the outside! I love my wet/dry bag that I use for cloth diapers (it's from PlanetWise via GladRags).
I didn't have to change the cloth pads all that often, except maybe on the first (heaviest) day of my period. For most days, I could go till lunchtime without changing, then change maybe once in the afternoon, and then again before I left for home. If you get a morning and afternoon potty break, you should be okay. In my experience, cloth pads are way better at absorbing stuff than the nasty plastic ones, no matter what the plastic engineers try to make you believe (and I'm a chemical engineer, so I know those polymers are supposed to be stupendously absorbent, but...) My cloth pads (GladRags ones) don't have a plastic layer, they are 100% cotton, but I have rarely leaked through--only when I went a reeeeally long time without changing them.
Mom to the wacky and wonderful Kalyani (August 2011)
Just wanted to pop in and share a link to some of the bags mentioned in this thread! http://gladrags.com/category/36/Cleaning-%26-Travel.html
Personally, I usually stash the GladRags Classic Carry Bag* in my purse, but if I'm going on a trip I'll carry a Planet Wise Wet Bag to stash all my used pads in.
*It's really inconspicuous, which was important to me when I worked in a big corporate building. It's a lot less important to me when I'm at the GladRags office, LOL. We usually just announce to one another that we're gonna go change our GladRag ;)
I used cloth pads when I worked. No problems. I use a combination of homemade pads and gladrags. I prefer to go without PUL
Mothering an Autumn (08) , a Spring (11) , and another Autumn! (Nov. 2013)
Taking what works and leaving the rest
I too work and use cloth. I made myself a couple of wet bags from a "u-tube" tutorial... I am NOT a sewer...AT All ...BUT I was able to sew a couple of wet bags, using old material from pajamas....
Anyway...on heavy days I take about 6 heavy pads to work. I take the wet bag with me to the restroom...it's cute and flowered or some other pattern...I am sure everyone knows what I'm doing..but honestly...I have given up caring ... HA!
For the days I know I will be swamped at work and "tied to my desk"...I use my heavier pads with PUL, I just feel better about them not leaking...
I fold my soiled pads in half and put them inside a small plastic bag, (usually the plastic little bag that my panty hose are in..I feel like I am reusing items and not tossing everything out... ).
~Gabbi~ Life experienced by me..... Mommy to 4 ,Furry Babies x 2 ,and the love of my life
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