Published on January 30th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe9
How-to: Upcycled Cloth Pads in 30 Minutes
Do you use cloth pads? If you’ve been wanting to give this a try – or need to bulk out your current stash of pads – this quickie tutorial will have you sewing your own cloth pads in 30 minutes or less.
Cloth pads might seem a little bit gross, if you’re new to the idea of reusable menstrual products. Companies that make disposable pads and tampons spend big bucks to make us feel like our periods are something to be ashamed of, and that’s no accident. They make big money with their disposable products that clog our landfills and cost you money every single month.
Really, once you start using cloth pads, they’re no more gross than paper ones. And unlike paper pads, all of those used menstrual products don’t pile up in a landfill, which in my opinion is way more gross than a reusable pad that you wash in the machine!
Using a Cloth Pad
You can basically treat your cloth pads like paper ones in a lot of ways. Keep one stashed in your purse – you can even get cute carrying cases for them! – when you change your pad while you’re out and about, just slip the used one in the carrying case to wash when you get home.
Cloth pads will get stained with use. If you’re OK with that, just give them a rinse when you change your pad at home, and toss them right in the hamper or machine. I tend to toss my used cloth pads directly into the washer, so they won’t stain my clothes in the hamper. If you want to prevent stains, you can soak them after use in water with a little lemon juice and salt, then was as usual.
I find cloth pads much more comfortable than their cotton or paper cousins. They don’t feel so much like wearing a giant diaper, and unlike paper pads, they don’t fall apart on you if you go a little too long without changing them. The snap-together wings on a cloth pad are also a lot more reliable than the sticky wings on a paper one. Don’t you hate how the wings on paper pads bunch up if you don’t stick them just so?