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Hey, Jessica. I have never used the keeper, but have been into natural stuff for a few years and have been using sea pearls, which are natural sea sponges like the ones they sell in the cosmetic aisle. You can buy them from health food stores for about $8 (a pack of 2), or you can just find some wherever. I have used them very much like tampons. You just wet them completely, squeeze them dry, and stuff them up there as far as you can. I usually don't use them on my heaviest days because it's too high-maintenance and they need to be checked every hour or so. I use my gladrags for the first 2 days and then switch when the flow lightens up a little. When one becomes saturated, pull it out, rinse well, squeeze to dry and replace. In between uses you can clean them in warm water with a little bit of baking soda or peroxide or even tea tree eo if you like, but don't leave them sit in the peroxide or they will disintegrate. Usually I buy about 4 sponges a year. When they finally get funky, I throw them in the compost pile. I have used this system for the last few years and it works great for me. The gladrags, etc., are a bit pricey, but in reality they save you tons of $ in the long run. I'd say you should just buy one, because the design is so simple that you can easily make them, especially if you have a serger on your machine. I have 10 of them that were a gift from a friend when I started bleeding again after my 2nd baby and I just love them. The ones that are made of organic cotton are SO much nicer! (I have both kinds) Softer and more absorbent. I keep a bucket of cold water next to my toilet and when one gets saturated, I toss it in the bucket. At the end of the day, I rinse them and throw them in the wash. Easy cheesy! One thing I really like about natural menstrual products is that they get you in touch with your blood. You have your hands in it, you feel it's warmth. I think it's important for women to love their blood and have a relationship with it and natural products facilitate this connection. It's definitely in stark contrast to disposable products, where you never really touch the blood and it is seen as "gross". I have always hated that. Nothing about our bodies is gross! Enjoy your moontime, sister!