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I'm trying to convert to more reusables and less plastics, paper, waste. Using cloth diapers and cloth wipes for my son has gone so well that I am thinking about trying some of the cloth menstrual pads that are advertised in Mothering. Does anyone have any experience with these? How often do you wash? How do you wash? Do you soak them? How do you store them? Anything else I need to know....

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I know there are a bunch of threads about. Try a search in natural home and body care, maybe.

I use a kind made by sweetcheeksdiapers and I really like them. Even though they don't have wings and don't wrap around your undies, they stay in place and don't leak.

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I make my own with wool and cotton fabric. Contradicting popular advice, I rinse them in very hot water until the water runs clear. I've always found that cold sets the blood stains. I just keep a container under the bathroom sink and after I've rinsed them well, I just put them in there and pop them in the next load of whatever I'm washing. No odor problems at all and I put them in any type of load of laundry so they don't build up on me. For really heavy times like at night, I use several layers of wool fabric and sew an old wash cloth as the outer layer. Bulky and not pretty, but they really do a good job for me.

If you can sew at all, even by hand, you can make a few of your own to see how you like them.
http://hillbillyhousewife.com/sanitarypads.htm has a good pattern on her website. I don't make the liner type, but just all one piece.


I have no more leakage than I did with disposable pads. I just really like having them around and not feeling like I have to run to the store or stock up on pads. I find them very easy to use and wish I had tried them years sooner.
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I love my cloth pads, they are so comfortable! I actually just use trifolded wash cloths. My periods aren't too heavy and I haven't leaked yet. I just put mine in an old ice cream bucket till I'm done. I soak them and change the water every day adding some hydrogen peroxide to help with bacteria and staining. Then I wash them all when I'm done. We also just started cding and love that too.

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I have one and I love it! I throw it in with the regular socks and underwear load. I don't know where the other one is -- it was a two pack of Gladrags. I mean to get more as soon as I can! This postpartum pad thing is bad news.
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I've been using them since I was postpartum with my first child--I love cloth mama pads way more than paper mama pads. I don't soak or anything--just wash them in hot water and do a final rinse (sort of like washing diapers. : )

My favorite are from Mommy's Touch--they're so soft!

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I do--I love my cloth pads! I toss them in a bucket under the sink and wash them with dipes. Pre-baby, I washed them with socks and underwear. My favorites are www.monkeycheesebabythings.com or I just trifold a prefold--GREAT for postpartum bleeding.

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I just ordered some preemie prefolds when I was pregnant for my DD and used those postpartum. I really liked how they felt so I still use them (I got AF back at 4 months PP despite EBF). They aren't fancy but they work well.

I just rinse them - or soak them for a few hours or up to a day or two down in my laundry room in a dish pan (depending how soiled they are) and then wash them with towels or with diapers. Sometimes I add baking soda to the soak.

I plan to make some slightly fancier ones eventually, but if you just want to give cloth a try on a budget, the preemie prefolds are a good options

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I've been using cloth for several years and i love it. I don't soak my pads or do anything special to them. I do laundry every day or at least every other day, so they aren't sitting for long. when i'm done with one i throw it right in the washing machine. I'm a light bleeder so maybe this wouldn't work for someone with a heavy flow. I bought mine off ebay--can't remember from whom. I have 6 or 7 pads and that works fine since i do laundry frequently.
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I use Many Moons and like them. Have had some for 10+ years and they are holding up well.
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I have not used cloth pads yet, but I do have some for postpartum use from Rhythm & Blues. I have used the Diva cup or the Keeper for years now and like it very much. I find it comfortable, unobtrusive and the care is very simple.

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I haven't used cloth pads because I hate regular pads, but I love my Diva Cup.
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I use and love the cloth pads from Skuld at Hag Rags. I use them as a backup to my Dive. She has a lot of thin pantyliners in funky patters. Because I just use them as backup, I only use one each day, and I wash them out in the shower in the morning and then throw them in with my other laundry.
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If AF ever comes back I will be using Luna Pads again. My teenage daughters use them, too! One benefit that I received from switching to cloth is that my periods were MUCH lighter and lasted less time. I used to bleed heavily for 5-7 days, but after two months of using cloth I was down to medium-light bleeding for 3-4 days. I've only had 5 periods in the last 6 years (thanks to nursing and pregnancy), so I don't know if it would have eventually gotten even better.

We just rinse them and throw them into plastic boxes that are under the sinks in our bathrooms, then wash them on hot with a load of towels at the end of the period. Well, actually, I think one of my daughters just throws hers in with her regular laundry, but I like to wash mine on hot. As long as they are rinsed out really well, they'll be okay to sit for a few days.

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Okay - this might sound like a stupid question: but how do you keep them in place? Do they slide around on you?

Also - what do you do when you are in public or traveling?

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I can't speak for the other brands, but Luna Pads snap underneath the panty, so they wrap around like a disposable pad with wings. You can layer as many liners as you want on there and those stay in place with flat elastic on either end of the wraparound pad. Does that make sense? Or you can just use the pad by itself for a light day.

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I'd also like to know what other's do when they're out and about and need a change.

The first few days of my period, I do need to change several times throughout the day and I can't run home each time! I also don't carry a purse? I guess if I did, then I could store them in there until I get home?

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I have a little drawstring bag in my purse that I use to carry a spare clean pad and a used one when I need to. You can fold the pad and snap it shut so the outside is dry. Ummm...I'm not explaining that well...here's a picture.
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My daughters just carry a ziploc baggie with a clean pad in it, then when they change they put the dirty one in. Easy enough to fit into a jeans pocket or a small purse. If I'm going to be out a long time during the day, I would probably put some in my diaper bag or maybe put a few extra baggies and pads in my car and trade them out as needed. Or maybe just use tampons that day.

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My daughters just carry a ziploc baggie with a clean pad in it, then when they change they put the dirty one in.
Exactly what I do. I fold mine into a neat little square, snap the wings together to hold it in place, and voila. Compact enough to stash away in my pocket or bag, in a ziplock.

As for keeping the pads in place, my wahm ones have wings that snap so that keeps them right where they should be. I don't have problems with the prefolds shifting, either--they stay put somehow!

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Amaz Cloth Padz are awesome. They saved my post partum period. She also sells really nice breast pads and a wetbag for when you're out- one side for wet, one for dry. She seems to have raised her prices recently, but I would have paid double to get my pads.

They have a snap in soaker that snaps to a winged liner that snaps around your panties. So they are similar to Lunapads, but much less expensive.

I don't need to soak these. I rinse and wring, and put them in a small mesh laundry bag (that I bought at Wal Mart for a $1) that hangs from a hook under my sink. Then, I wash them with the towels on HOT. No stains!

Also, if you don't already have a keeper or a divacup, go the dr. and get a diaphragm (sp?). They make them in latex or sillicone, and they are cheap. They can be used as a menstrual cup, and best of all, you can have sex with them in, and no mess. Not that getting your groove on in the shower is all bad, but sometimes it's nice to be able to do it in bed and not have to lay a towel down.

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I too made the switch to cloth pads and I am very happy. My flow is so much lighter and much more manageable. My favorite pads are Ama'z pads. They are convenient and easy to use. I have some Glad Rags day and night pads which are okay and some pads I bought off Ebay from a seller called naomiomy. The ones from Ebay are simple and comfortable--they're made from flannel. They also provide a good template for me since I am learning how to sew.

I have a cosmetic bag that I use when I'm out. It's made of plastic and has two separate sections. I keep clean pads in one section and dirty ones in the other. Go to your local pharmacy and check out the cosmetic bags. YOu might find something useful.

I soak all my pads in chlorine-free bleach or hydrogen peroxide depending on what I have and cold water. When I'm ready to wash, I pour out the water and dump my pads in the washing machine. I wash using the longest cycle on hot using Sal's suds and oxygen bleach sometimes or a scoop of Charlie's Soap other times--just depending on what I have. It is not hard at all.

Making the switch is definitely worth it.

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While I love my pads, I just had a NINE day long AF and I had some chafing and now can't wear panties. I'm pretty sure this had to do with the length of my AF. I've never had this problem before but I also used to only use tampons.....

I bought mine from peggy @ homemademama.com. they're organic hemp cotton with snaps so they don't wiggle around on you.

no leaks. She gives you a wet bag to tote dirties around in. They snap up quite tiny - smaller than a deck of cards.

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While I love my pads, I just had a NINE day long AF and I had some chafing and now can't wear panties. I'm pretty sure this had to do with the length of my AF. I've never had this problem before but I also used to only use tampons.....

I bought mine from peggy @ homemademama.com. they're organic hemp cotton with snaps so they don't wiggle around on you.

no leaks. She gives you a wet bag to tote dirties around in. They snap up quite tiny - smaller than a deck of cards.

I bought mine from her, too! I love them so much, and the wet bag is really small and looks like it could be a kleenex holder or something, so it is really inconspicuous. I rinse mine out every time I change them and put them in a plastic box until laundry day. I wash them on hot with the whites. I can't believe how soft and comfy they are... and they are not sticky and gross like paper pads. I've been using them for about 6 months now and I won't go back!
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i get mine from www.motherandmaiden.com and i love them. ive been using them for about a year now, and i too have noticed that im having shorter and lighter periods

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I have to recommend www.homemademama.com pads too. I have a full stash of them now. I chose the ones with PUL backing and a variety of tops (though tie dyed flannel is my favorite for many reasons). With the PUL you can get away with a thinner pad. I use the huge nighttime ones all day/night for the first 2 days. Then I use the shorter/narrower ones for the rest. They never leak. Seriously.

I loved Gladrags for years. I bought my first ones 6-7 yrs ago and they still look as good as when I bought them (and they were used a LOT). Flannel/terry ones tend to distribute the wetness better than say hemp, which I find bleeds right through to the back no matter how thick it is.

I rinse it in the sink and throw it in the diaper pail. Before I had kids I'd rinse it and soak it in a pot, and wash on HOT with towels.
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I made mine after my last birth. After the birth I used regular sized CPF for post partum, they were so ultrasoft and comfy that I've never gone back.

http://www.diapersewing.com/clothpads.htm
I did use my favorite disposable for the proper length as I like mine a bit on the long side. I'm a large woman and find regular pads don't provide the coverage front to back unless they are the "longs".

They are so simple to make, I could not justify spending money for them. My sister who lived near a fabric outlet (like a really nice huge one) bought me reminence of flannel for Christmas so I could make myself more pads. Interesting gift I know, but it was useful.

Flannel outters or fleece prevent slipping as well as the wrap around. They fold & snap together for easy transport and I carry a grocery store plastic bag or diaper bag to put them in when I'm out. I have had maybe 2 occassions of leaking through to my undies, but that was b/c I didn't change when I should have. I have heavy periods. I use Hemp/fleece inners something I purchased for diaper making.

When I get around to making a few more, I have some PUL that I ordered for pull-on diaper pants for my dd. I will probably use a bit of that on the underside of the outer and make a few with it for "going out", just to be safe.

I have a small trash can under my sink that I place the pads in and either when my stash runs out or the end of my cycle I wash them. I will run them through cold rinse first then throw my diapers in and wash my usual diaper routine. Stains don't bother me, they are not for anyone to look at but me. I also have dark colors and prints, so it's not outwardly noticable, my hemp/fleece inners it is noticable. But really, who is going to see them but you? Like diapers, stains happen -- you can spend forever getting a stain out or just accept it is part of the deal and spend your time doing something constructive.
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I had never liked pads one bit when I had the paper/plastic ones to choose from, but decided to give the cloth ones a try anyway. Oddly enough, once I started using them I much prefer them to tampons and can't bear the thought of shelling out the $ for a keeper/diva cup.

I have two Sckoon pads and like the fact that it's kind of a shell with a trifolded insert. You can refold the insert if it's not soaked all the way. I've never had to change when I'm out of the house, but then again my af isn't all that heavy. We use family cloth here so I have an enamel chamber pot that we keep the dirties in so I just toss the cloth pads in there.

I was dipes just about everyday for ds so amazingly enough two pads have worked just fine for me. BUT...I will be getting more b/c I love them that much (well that and I'd REALLY like to get pg so I'm hoping to jinx myself!)

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Anyone know where I can get the Amaz pads? I couldn't find a website.

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Anyone know where I can get the Amaz pads? I couldn't find a website.

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If you Google "www.amazpadz.com" it will be the third thing down. Also, if you go to product reviews on diaperpin.com you'll find a link through there.

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