Eco Corner – Sanitary Pads
Why Two in Cloth is Easier Than One
Written By: Jacqueline Damen
Okay, okay, it’s not completely easier. I mean, there is more washing. More drying. More stuffing and folding. More nappies. Sounds great, right? In all seriousness, there really are a lot of advantages to having two children in cloth nappies.
First of all, it makes sense: I mean, you are already putting cloth on one, so you may as well continue to forgo the disposables and save further money, as well as bin space. Another plus: you will never be scrounging around the house trying to find small pieces of clothing to bulk out your main wash.
Trust me, with two kids, you will have heaps of food covered bibs, mud splashed tops and dirty socks to make up a full load. The best thing about more babies, is more nappies. Is there any better excuse to sort out your assortment of fancy poo catchers than for a new arrival? Whilst you may need to add more nappies to your available stash, it may not be as many as you think, as you will be washing more often.
You may decide to use your whole range of nappies for both your children, or decide to separate your cloth collection along print lines because your toddler loves dinosaurs, while your baby rocks the floral prints. You can match them up! Is there anything cuter than two siblings in Superhero nappies? Of course, despite the joy that Supergirl and Batman bring, there are challenges.
It might feel like the growth in your washing basket is getting higher and higher and never shrinking. Go easy on yourself. No one will judge you for using a disposable as you struggle to conduct life with a newborn and a toddler.
Get sleep if you can – Mount Washmore can wait. And when you begin to dismantle that mountain, nappy by nappy, insert by insert, remember that two in cloth means double the savings for both your hip pocket as well as the environment – so you are doing great.
Don’t let your periods cramp your style!
Written By: Ann Granger – Founder of Little Aussie Monster
Go with the flow and use cloth pads, there are patterns and colours to suit nearly every personality. We know initially you might be thinking ewww, I’ll have to wash that in my machine. However at some point in your life you’ll be washing period blood from clothes or sheets, either as a parent, a teen or menopausal woman with unpredictable cycles. The easiest way to clean cloth pads is to rinse them out while you’re having a shower so they are ready to go into the machine. You will see your period blood while you’re in the shower anyway, so the shower can be easiest place to rinse them. Or you can use the laundry tub to rinse them if that suits you better.
There are many benefits to using cloth pads:
- Reusable sanitary pads are softer, more comfortable and prettier than disposable products. If you’re sick of having the sticky part attach itself to parts of you, this won’t happen with cloth pads. Plus you can move them if they were placed in the wrong spot on your underwear.
- Cloth sanitary pads are a discrete option, not many people especially men know what it is when they see them. They are quieter to put on and take off, no more rustling of plastic packets opening new pads in the cubical. And there is no big screech noise when the pad comes off.
- They are much prettier to look at when clean or dirty, you may even have a slight glimpse of excitement when your period starts because you get to wear your pretty pads again. But the better part is seeing all the pretty patterns in the draw because your period has finished.
- Using them along with a mini wet bag makes it easier when going out, if you need to change your pad simply place the used one inside the bag. The mini wet bags just looks like a little makeup bag.
- You will also save hundreds of dollars by switching to reusables, plus you’ll save a lot from going into landfill too. On average a woman will use nearly 200 pads per year, making the switch even to just your light days will make a big impact over the 30-40 years of menstruation.
If you’re more of a Tampon user than the menstrual cup might be the option for you. These are safer than tampons and pose less risk for toxic shock syndrome and can be left in place for up to 12 hours.
So either put a cup in it or wrap with cloth instead and remember no matter how often you choose a reusable option every time helps the environment and your hip pocket.
*All puns intended :)