It’s been a few months since I purchased my first Reusable Menstrual Pads from the Pink Lemonade shop! I cloth diaper my babies and wanted to be more ‘green’ myself. To be honest, the chemicals in disposable pads scare me. Disposable product companies are out to make a fast buck and are not thinking about the health of their consumers long-term. I fear cancer. Who doesn’t? Some cancers are caused by the environment and not genetic in nature leading me to wonder if the products we use every day are to blame. Chemicals are everywhere! One place I don’t want them is next to my bijingo. Right? Someone make that into a t-shirt “No Chemicals Near My Bijingo!” Here’s what I’ve started with and my affiliate links to the shop:
My first Mama products are from Pink Lemonade Shop. When I started surfing their site (which stocks new pads every Monday night, but always has lots in stock), the first thing I noticed was how pretty the pads are! Sewn at home by a Mom (WAHM) these pads are handmade here in the USA! In addition, Shopping for reusable menstrual pads pads is fun! There are a few options and I am trying different styles. Options include:
- Fabric Choices for Pad Tops:
- Minky (Pink Flowered pad), Jersey (Blue Rain Clouds pad), Organic Bamboo Velour, Organic Bamboo Fleece, Organic Bamboo Jersey, Cotton Velour, Cotton Woven and Raw Silk.
- Back of Pad Fabric:
- WindPro Fleece (most commonly used), Wool Interlock.
- Length and Style:
- 6 Inch Mini Pantiliners, 7.5 Inch Regular Pantyliners, 7.5 Inch Thong Pantyliners, 8 Inch Light Pads, 9 Inch Day Pads, 10 Inch Heavy Pads, 11 Inch Overnight Pads, 12″ Ultimate Overnight Pads, 13 Inch Post Partum Pads
While there are many fabric choices and sizes, the most in-stock I’ve seen are Minky and Jersey. The biggest stocked size on the site seems to be 8″. I purchased this 10″ Jersey and 9″ Minky pad because of the patterns and comparison to disposable pads I use. Aren’t they pretty? I didn’t know much about cloth pads but thought these are beautiful! When I got them in the mail I noticed some clear differences:
Minky is synthetic and almost fuzzy, like short stuffed animal hair. Jersey is flat cotton or polyester and reminds me of the fabric on the outside of a fitted diaper. The synthetic Minky is definitely wearing better, but the Jersey is definitely more trim and cooler in the summer. I have found that reusable Pad Accessories are really helpful too, and a stainstick is great for any stain issues. While regular cotton poly can be harder to get stains out of, it’s definitely thinner on the cotton pads that we have. Or it feels thinner anyway.
If you look closely at the pads, you can see that each pad has one snap for where it attaches around underwear and a seam that is both functional for constructing the pad, and also is like a gusset to help with leaks. To determine what size pads to order, I measured my existing pads. Below you can see the 9″ Minky compared to a Seventh Generation ‘Regular’ pad and panty liner.
Of all the strange things my husband has found me doing for this blog…finding pads stuck to a metal cookie sheet in the oven may take the cake!
While the 9″, or maybe even the 8″ seem to be close to the ‘Regular’ size disposable below, I like longer pads. Even the 10″ isn’t too long. The pads are so soft and comfortable and don’t bunch into a mountain range like a disposable can. They flex and move really well. Obviously the level of “flow” light, medium or heavy will determine thickness as well and overall these are extremely comfortable and the longer pads don’t get stuck in my butt crack.