Remember how I said I was a crazy hippie?? I believe I crossed the threshold from crunchy to crazy in February when I ordered some cloth menstrual pads.
I decided that it was ridiculous that I was putting all kinds of chemicals on -or even IN- a mucous membrane for at least 15% of my (non)child-bearing years! Mucous membranes are absorbent and I don’t really want to absorb extra chemicals for no good reason. I have heard that the disposable kind are so irritating to your vaginal lining that most people bleed for a day or two less once they switch to reusable. Since my period has a mind of its own, I highly doubt I will ever notice this…
So I decided to buy some of the reusable sort. I thought about a Diva Cup, but didn’t want to invest the $40 on something I might hate. I knew that even if I didn’t love pads I would still use them, at least sometimes. The main problem I ran into was that they are FLIPPING EXPENSIVE! I mean over the course of time they are much cheaper, but like cloth diapers, they are something of an investment.
After much searching, I found Amy’s Rag Bag (which is actually ran by someone named Laura which confused me a lot when I got emails about my order). Although her regular prices actually seem pretty fair, it was her sampler set that lured me in! You get 6-8 pads for $17.50! You can only order one of these sets because they are so discounted. It took a long time to get the pads, because she hand makes them. But it was great because to order the Sampler Set you fill out a little survey about what your flow is like, your size, what materials you like, and anything else you find relevant to tell her, then she custom makes you a set.
Amy’s Rag Bag also lets you trade fabric for store credit, so if you have any fabric (cotton, flannel, or hemp terry) lying around (even torn/stained cotton or flannel pajamas) you can send it in and help pay for your future orders. I have not made another order yet because:
-I am BROKE
-My period is being weird lately and I am hardly bleeding at all
-I do laundry on a very regular basis
If you click on the button in my sidebar and then place an order, I can get a credit of $5 in my account, so if you decide to buy please use my link 🙂 (Alternately you can give her my username: Rachel817 in the notes section of your order.)
The pads are really pretty, and they are so comfortable its just like wearing underwear. The giant one up there is because when my period is even a little bit heavy I have a horribly embarrassing tendency to leak out the back. I told her that and she sent me the giant one. So far I have had no leaks with them, but like I said my period is weird and super light lately. They seem to be high quality, and the fastener is awesome. No snaps or velcro, just a tab. The ones without wings are considered boosters, or soakers, but I have used them by themselves to stretch out the time between loads of laundry. If you choose to use a wingless one as a pad, try to make sure it doesn’t flip out of your underpants and into the toilet, because then you have to fish it out and that isn’t a very fun way to start your day.
You are supposed to rinse and soak them and wash them in cold water, but because I am lazy and Michael is disgusted by them, I tend to just throw them in with my towels and wash them on a sanitary (super duper hot) cycle. They come out clean and unstained every time. And Michael is happy because he didn’t have to see a sink full of them.
Have you ever used “mama cloth”? What did you think? Is there some other weird, crazy, over the top thing you do?
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