I'm pretty sure it's no secret that I am one crunchy, earth-lovin' granola dyke. I like things that are handmade, upcycled, recycled, local, environmentally friendly, and oh, I don't know - adorable!
I don't know how it took so freakin long, but ladies and gentlemen, I have switched to reusable cloth pads - Coolest. Thing. Ever.
One thing that used to really annoy me when I was on my period was that gross uncomfortable feeling of riding the cotton pony - a nice sticky, sweaty, bleached piece of cotton wedged between my legs. Although I do use a Diva Cup, I also find I need a back-up pad or liner for when I (inevitably) leak, overflow during the night or somehow end up positioning my cup wrong in a hurry.
Problem solved. The cloth pads I bought are totally rad. They're made of flannel, and have wings that reach around and snap together under your panties. At first I thought it would feel weird to let myself bleed onto fabric.. Wrong. Turns out sticky cotton pads feel weird and these things feel awesome. They're so comfortable they just feel like you're wearing your normal underwear, but so absorbant I was actually surprised at how much blood rinsed out while I was hand-washing one in the sink. Way more than a normal pad could hold.
I love the reusability factor. Rinse it in cold water, squeeze it out, and let ‘er dry. You can also soak them in a pail of cold water (changing the water once a day) until your normal laundry day and just throw it in with your regular clothes.
And not only that but it lasts longer than a pad, cause pads get gross after a few hours whether they've been used to their full potential or not (another thing I hate!). If you haven't sprunk a leak yet, there's no rush to get that thing out of your pants because it still looks, feels and smells like regular underwear.
Where'd I get these awesome things? My favourite Etsy shop - VulvaLoveLovely. She sells all sorts of nifty vulva-related things including vulva jewellry, stuffed uterus plushies, and cute cloth pads (which are out of stock! ): but I'm sure you can email for a request). I'll probably buy some more things from her in the future (like one of her awesome vagina pillows), as my experience was nothing but fabulous, and the package it came in was cute to boot!
Is this starting to sound like an advertisement? I can't help it, I'm totally pleased with my fabric pads and urge everyone thinking about switching to try it. And I'll stop saying "pad" now. (;