Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cloth Pads

An example from Moon Pads. Google image 'cloth pads' - sounds weird but I think they can be pretty :p
{taking a break from our series on Starting Out With Savings - back tomorrow}

I'm going out on a limb here. Most of the people who read my blog know me in real life. And this is one of those things you would normally blog about from the privacy of an anonymous identity!

I want to talk for a minute about pads. Yep, pads. 

They are pretty gross. They are something we just chuck in the trolley and hope that the checkout chick doesn't call out for a price check. We use them and we throw them out. They are cheap. So what?

Well... they don't really break down. They are similar to disposable nappies in that they become landfill for many, many years. They can cause rashes and irritation, and it was this that lead to me googling for answers one day. 

In 2009 I tripped across this article after suffering from (I'm not going into details) complications of regular plastic pads (by this stage I was buying the expensive cotton covered 'natural' disposable pads - what a load of rubbish...!).  I read more here... and I started to think - maybe she is on to something. So I ordered a set of cloth pads from America. 

This is going to sound weird. There's no other way around it. 

I love them.

No more sticky plastic. No more plastic wrappers shoved into bins or the pocket of my handbag because I'm in a hurry. No more running out in the middle of the night. Awesome is happy that I never have to send him to the shops to buy supplies! 

I have two sets of six, with two liners each. The combinations are endless and I can tailor what I need each day. Right, that's all I'm going to say about that!

I have a soak bucket in the laundry for those few days. Yes, I wear them out of the house. I have a plastic lined pencil case to put the used ones in when I am out and then bring them home to soak. 

Comfortable, free once the initial outlay is made (I paid about $120 for the sets I have - now that I can sew I will make future replacements myself - I bought enough flannel to make 2 new sets the other day - cost me $6. Bargain). My original sets are going strong - they are hardy, and when you think about it, you only use them for a short time each month. 

Look, that's all I'm going to say. I use them. I recommend them. I will answer questions if you have them. If you really like the idea, and I know you in real life, and you want to try it - I will make you some. It will only be a little bit awkward. I promise. 



  1. Shhh... here's a secret. I love them too!!!!! ;)

    But that's probably not surprising to most people who know that I am a passionate cloth-nappy lover (haha I even sell them for a company!).


  2. very interesting, and good on you for sharing! definitely something to think about.

  3. Thanks for sharing!

    Cloth pads are not something I would have considered using, until I started using cloth nappies. I love using cloth nappies ... I'm glad I can avoid waiting for disposable nappy sales and wheeling a trolley full of them out of Big W and it feels good to put something soft on my baby's toosh. Less landfill and less money!

    So now the jump to using cloth pads doesn't seem nearly as big!

  4. hehehe... are we allowed to chat about such things on blogs!??!?! I guess given the title not many guys are reading!!!

    Well I imagine most people can guess my leanings with having used cloth nappies for 3 little boys' bums but the truth is I hate pads. However I found another option - the mooncup! I love it and it's cheaper still at about $40 (and you only need one!). Not sure how long it will last but I think several years at least.

  5. Deb - I've seen the Mooncup around on the internet - its a great idea!

  6. Make me cloth nappies! I've tried but failed. They're waay too expensive to buy.