Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Crunchy Little Secret

I may not look very crunchy (maybe you think I do!  lol)  But I’m pretty crunchy at heart, so crunchy in fact that I have a little secret that I am going to share with you!  As long as you promise not to laugh.  Well, okay, I don’t care if you laugh, just don’t laugh so loud that I can hear you through the computer!  Are you ready?

I use cloth pads. 

There I said it.  I’m not really ashamed or anything and if we were talking in real life I would be happy to wax on about all the benefits and awesomeness of cloth pads, it just feels weird to write about.

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I started using them about 5 years ago after reading a post by another blogger out there. She’s not blogging anymore so I can’t share that post with you.  There is a lot of information out there in internet-land about cloth pads, free patterns too! I just made up my own pattern after using a few that I found on-line.

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Over the weekend I made some new pads.  Mine were losing their softness and I didn’t have quite enough to last through a whole cycle.

Personally, I’ll never go back to using disposables and here’s why:

  • Soft and comfy.
  • The chemicals in disposable pads actually pull blood  out of your body, cloth pads make your period lighter.
  • CHEAP!  If you make them yourself.  I think they are expensive if you buy them, but if you can’t sew it’s  still worth it to make the switch.  Besides, I’ve been watching the price of disposables go up anyway.
  • Very “green.”  If you care about that sort of thing.  I just hate throwing stuff away.

I’m sure there are more reasons and you’ll find them if you do a little search on the subject.

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So that’s my  crunchy little secret.  I wonder, are there any other cloth pad wearers out there?  Don’t be shy, share your secret with us!!

Joyfully,

Mrs. Taffy

20 comments:

  1. awesome! and what a savings over many years.

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  2. WOW!!! I never even knew there was such a thing!! To tell you the truth though I would probably never wear them (never say never right)....I just really, really dislike pads...just knowing that I'm wearing one really makes me feel gross. I much prefer the good ol' tampon anyday (or night for that matter). But I must say that I've never tried a cloth pad so I guess I don't really know how I would like those. Guess you learn something new everyday. :)

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  3. I have used them for about 4 years now. I to make my own. my cramps became less. I made about 20 pads and wash them energy couple of day s I would like some more. now I need to get my daughter to use them too.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one! :) Actually, I have another friend who uses them too. She'll never go back either! My daughter is totally interested in using them,I just need to organize a sewing session. We have all the supplies, just need the time to do it!

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  4. Interesting! What do you use on the inside of the pad and what about cleaning? Thanks for sharing this has given me something to think about.

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    1. The pad is several layers, starting from the bottom there is: Flannel, PUL, 2 layers of towel and then another layer of flannel. The PUL I had to order on-line. It's used for making diaper covers. I little bit goes a long way. I just bought a cheap towel at Walmart and cut it up. For now, I wash them with the cloth diapers but when I don't have one in cloth I keep a wet/dry bag next to the toilet and just wash them at the end of my cycle (if I have enough pads). I wash them on a cold setting with Charlies soap and Oxy Clean. I know a lady who just washes them with the rest of her laundry. I haven't tried that...:) With all your daughters cloth would sure save you A LOT of money! :) My 14 year old is interested in wearing them. See comment above! Thanks for asking!

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  5. I love my cloth pads and love my menstrual cup even more! :)

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  6. Might check hobby lobby if you have one ours just started a cloth diaper making section and have the PUL.

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  7. Amazing! I would have never thought about cloth pads! I have found myself more than once running out of disposable at the wrong times...one would think I would have learned by now! This would so eliminate that problem and they look WAY more comfortable. Going to look up the pattern online right after I hit enter! Thanks so much!!

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  8. I know I've already commented.....but this is just amazing to me. :) I read about it all last night and today (Zak is full of fun facts about the benefits of cloth pads now...poor guy lol). Something to ponder.....

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  9. Oh...you know I'm crunchy as you encouraged me to join you on your journey so many years ago!

    I've never gone back! The list is so true...and can I be "real" here? The smell is gone also as well as the pain associated with using store-bought chemical laden pads. I'm a HUGE fan of home-made cloth ones! Jeans and sweatshirt material are my favorite to use. I also like snaps.

    I'm so glad you "came out of the closet"...you are so funny!

    I'm sure this post inspired many ladies. I found a great site "AskPaula" - this is where I got my free pattern...

    Just think...you can make a matching skirt...LOL just kidding!

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    2. All right...typo on the first draft! What I was trying to say is...You ARE my crunchy BFF!! :)

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  10. One more thing...in response to "jess-hak"...I never used to wear pads and always felt that it would be really gross feeling...so like you I was a "tampon" girl, BUT I have to say I couldn't even think about using a tampon now...really and honestly!

    I have never had a leak...never!

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  11. Jessica...blogger won't let me comment under your comment, but I wanted to say that I'm glad I got you thinking! Mr. Taffy thought it was a little bizarre at first, but not any more! :) And my friend Keeper of the Home is right, no more stinky smell! :) We'll make a convert of you yet! lol

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  12. I have been following your blog for less then a year. And so far I love everything about it. I am a young newlywed. My husband and I are only 26 years old. We don't have children but I do watch children in our home. I have used many things in my childcare from your blog. This article has really got me thinking. I am a tampon girl. I really hate the feeling of pads, its like your wearing a diaper. After reading all your comments I wanna give it a try but have several questions. Where do you buy PUL? What would you wash them in? Do you use the same laundry soap as your normal clothes? Can you use them after giving birth? Just a few questions. Thanks for such a great post. Such a very green idea!

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    1. Hi Tracy! Thanks for asking! I found a couple places on-line that sell PUL, here's a link to one with lots of pretty colors:
      http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-baby-children-39-s-apparel-fabrics-diaper-central-pul-fabric.aspx

      You could hand wash them I suppose, but I just throw them in the washing machine, loose and wash them with Charlie's Soap and Oxy Clean. That's the same combo I use for our clothes and the cloth diapers too. I did use them after I had my last two babies. Just not within the 1st 24 hours. But seriously, you bleed SO much less with cloth, it's really incredible. If you google the subject you'll read MANY testimonies agreeing with that fact. It doesn't feel like wearing a diaper, no crunching! Just soft, like a nice pair of undies. :)

      Thanks for reading and if you have anymore questions, don't hesitate to ask!!

      Blessings on your new marriage!

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  13. I used to use cloth but haven't for a few years. I don't remember why I quit.

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  14. What pattern did you use for the cloth pads pictured?
    I'm going to get my daughter to sew some of these for me... I'm due with #11 in a few weeks. :-)

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    1. I think I pretty much made that one up, but it's very similar to this pattern:
      http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/2011/07/cloth-pad-tutorial.html

      And I found this cool blog when I was looking:

      http://theecofriendlyfamily.com/2011/06/mama-cloth-plus-free-patterns/#

      I'm going to have to show these ones to my daughter, aren't they cute?!

      Congratulations on your 11th! Amazing!! God BLESS YOU!!

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