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When it comes to being green, I try to do what I can. Sure, I still use things that could be replaced with reusable items and I am working on that, but overall, we are pretty good at green living. Typically when we pick something new to switch to a more eco-friendly version, we choose things based on the toxicity to our lives. For example, switching from plastic to glass – that was easy because the facts “speak” to me. But one thing I hadn’t even considered until now was what I have been using for my period. Yes, that period. Each month, I get my cycle and out comes the box of pads and/or tampons. Not only are they creating a ton of garbage, but they also are treated with chemicals, of which I am placing near my most intimate and absorptive areas! So when Pink Lemonade Shop offered to send me an assortment of cloth pads to start my path to greener periods!
What did I think of Pink Lemonade Cloth Pads?
I was blown away by the styles and types of cloth pads available at Pink Lemonade! From pantyliners (even thong-friendly ones!) to overnights and even post-partum cloth pads, Pink Lemonade Shop has them all! These cloth pads also come available in a variety of fabrics that allow for breathability, comfort and in the case of silk, for those prone to yeast infections. Most have a WindPro Fleece bottom layer, which adds a water resistant layer so that you can have a comfortable and longer-lasting cloth pad experience.
I have used these for one cycle and I have to say, so far – so good! At first, I was worried about how it would work and what I would use to store them in after use if I was out and about – although in hindsight, I’m not sure why I had these hesitations! As a cloth diapering mama, I used wet/dry bags to tote their diapers in, so I simply use the same for my cloth pads! If you get a chance while changing your cloth pad, give it a good rinse in cold water, but I know sometimes when I was at work, I didn’t have that alone moment to do so – but that was okay too and I just gave them an extra good soak before washing. Much like cloth diapering, I used one of my favorite green-friendly detergents that is also great for washing and have had wonderful results!
To be “fully stocked” for cloth pads, I would estimate you would need 15-20 pads in assorted sizes to get through cycle – maybe more if you extend out your wash day. At around $5 each (this varies up and down based on size, fabric and quantity) you’ll have that immediate outlay, but overtime you will begin to see some significant savings! Not to mention the reduced amount of garbage that you will need to tote! Use a menstrual cup? I recommend picking up a few cloth pantyliners as a “backup” method and a way to ensure your comfort! I should tell you, I definitely feel more comfortable wearing these than the bulky store-bought pads I had been using. On top of that, the Pink Lemonade cloth pads have a snap button so you know that your pad is securely in place and you won't have any slippage, or worse, adhesive sticking somewhere it shouldn't and giving you a, ahem, free wax job.
The cloth pads from Pink Lemonade Shop are easy to use, easy to care for and in addition to being green, are a great way to save green! I love that they come in a variety of colors and prints – adding a bit of sunshine and smiles to what is usually a drab and moody time of the month! So be proud ladies and embrace your monthly cycle in a green way! My new motto will be: Be Green – Period! I hope you’ll join me! Be sure to visit Pink Lemonade Shop on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to learn more!