Thursday, March 8, 2012

Full crunch ahead!!!

I'm just gonna put it all out there.  Let it all hang out.  I use cloth menstrual pads.  Yep, you heard that right.  Cloth.  No nasty chemicals, no skin reactions, and no paper waste.  It's *awesome*.  It's also very easy to do with a good system in place.

I have an assortment of pads in all different sizes, and also a few different materials.  I have pantyliners, regular size/flow, heavy, and overnight/postpartum.  I even have a few postpartum pads with pockets for a handy dandy ice pack.  That was heaven after the birth of my 4th baby.

I also have a Rubbermaid container that I keep them in underneath the upstairs bathroom sink.  It keeps everything nice and neat, and protected from the elements.  It fits perfectly in the cupboard too, so they're out of site from anybody who may wander up there.           

I'm sure you're asking yourself "What the hell does she do with the dirty ones?".  Well...I went and purchased a small 2 gallon sized flip top trashcan and a wet bag made for cloth diaper use.  I use the wet bag to line the trashcan, and keep it next to the toilet.  I also throw a little baking soda in the bottom to help absorb odors.  I would upload a pic, but my camera has decided to only send certain pictures.

When I remove a pad, I put it in the trash can.  If it is heavily soiled, I rinse it first with cold water.  At the end of the day, they all get thrown in the wash and washed on hot with no fabric softener.  If you cloth diaper, you could wash them with your diapers if you want.  If it's just pantyliners from every day use, they get put in with the whites.

Any questions?  This may very well be the least "gross" crunchblog, so I wanted to get it out of the way.  ;)


  1. Oi! For all the breastfeeding mothers out there - when did your Aunt Flo come back from her vacation? Have you had a problem with leaks? What about odor? Do you ever feel like everyone knows you have one on, like in an after school special? What will you use when it's swimsuit time and Aunt Flo makes a sneak attack (that biatch is a total ninja!)?

  2. I am going on 11 months and my cycle still has not returned yet. I am having pretty bad Mettelschmerz pain though, so I am guessing it is close. ;) I have not had problems with leaks, but I am OCD about checking it and replacing with a clean pad if needed. Once again, OCD about changing it, so not worried about odor either. I suppose you could add a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender to the end of your pad. I wouldn't put it in the middle where it will have contact with sensitive areas. I do sometimes get a little self conscious. I change into baggy pants. :P I don't wear swimsuits. I don't swim. In the event I decide to, I will use a Diva cup. I am lucky and always ALWAYS have light spotting before starting a cycle, so if that betch ninjas me, I will totally kick her in the face.

  3. I am always so jealous of women who get long vacations from periods while breastfeeding. Mine returned by eight weeks all three times, and stayed regular. I confess to being to icked out to do reusable pads, but I do love my Diva.