I've mentioned before that we use cloth for pretty much everything. At home, we very rarely use paper towels, disposable eatery, napkins, disposable diapers, etc.
Also included in that list is cloth menstrual products.
I know, I've lost many of you with that last bit of information. But please, hear me out - it's not as bad as you think! I promise!
Disposable products are not only a waste financially (I've said it before, but we spend more money on disposable products than we give to the homeless. Ouch.) and harmful to the environment, but filled with known toxins.
Exposing the most sensitive and vulnerable areas of your body to a wad of dry, bleached, chemical-laden paper isn't my idea of comfort. Yes, convenient, but at what cost?
Postpartum, I used cloth menstrual pads that I made and they were SO kind and nice to me! They were absolutely heavenly! But I could never make a very thin pad, like, pantyliner thin. It's probably my sewing skills.
When I had the opportunity to try a GladRags pantyliner in adorable prints, I fell in love! I was worried that it was going to be too thick and bulky because I want something thin for when I workout and wear tons of tight, tight spandex. As you can tell from this picture with a leftover disposable pad I had around the house, it's not that much different in thickness!
I don't know if you're anything like me, but my period normally isn't my favorite time of the month. I'm bloated, hungry, (maybe) crabby, and I just don't feel too pretty. But can I get an AMEN for these cute colors?? I think they'd brighten up anyone's day!
Financially, while the initial investment in GladRags products can seem like a big leap, as a full supply is about the cost of two years in disposable products, it will save you hundreds in the long haul. GladRags products are designed to last for a minimum of 5 years, and many people report they are still using the same products that they bought over 15 years ago!
I've convinced you. I know it. Except for one small detail. I know what you're thinking. How do you clean them?!?! I don't want to deal with a mess!
Neither do I. It's really as simple as putting them in a bucket to soak, then tossing it all straight into the washer. No touching anything, no scrubbing anything, no messes to clean up. Easy peasy.
If you think it's just gross, well, gross is a relative term, I guess. Gross, to me, is millions of pounds of barely-rotting, stinking, repulsive, disposable menstrual products filling our landfills for years. Not the simple washing of a resuable product. After all, we sometimes have accidents when we have our periods, and we don't through our underwear or pants away. We just wash them.
The GladRags pantyliners were very comfortable and soft. The only issue I had with them was when I would run, if I was wearing loose underwear, the pantyliners would slide around some. I just learned to wear tighter underwear while running, which was a small trade off for no leaks, a sustainable product, and comfort!
They cleaned very nicely and dried super fast because they are so thin!
GladRags has an amazing line of reusable feminine products, not just pads, suited for every woman!
GladRags has generously offered one Uniquely Normal Mom reader a colored 3-pack of pantyliners in the color of the winner's choice! US and Canadian residents only, please. Make sure you leave your email address in the comment!
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