Benefits of using cloth menstrual pads


(moving this over here from my other blog as I clean up over there)

Why use cloth?
♥ Cloth is better for you (the chemicals used to make disposable pads have been linked to cancer and other reproductive harm, feel free to comment if you’d like to learn more).
♥ Cloth is better for the environment, nothing goes in landfills each month.
♥ Cloth is also more respectful of women; changing the mindset from a monthly cycle being something that is dirty and needs to be thrown away to the mindset of a monthly cycle is normal and something to be taken care of respectfully. In this same way cloth diapers are more respectful of babies.

Feel free to ask any questions, either by comment- I’d be happy to answer :)

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Cara is the main author here at Health Home and Happiness. She loves the health and energy that eating well and playing well provides and has a goal to share what she's learned with as many families interested in making healthy changes as possible.

She helps other families achieve health in simple steps with the GAPS Starter Package, The Empowered Mother Pregnancy Resource, and helps them stock their freezer for busy days with Grain-Free Freezer Cooking Guide.


  1. Basic Life says:

    Apart from the first few months after i had my babies (2 years apart, not twins!) i have used tampons to great satisfaction. However only yesterday i read about dioxin i think it was called in tampons and also pesticides in 'natural' cotton tampons. Although i love the freedom tampons give me, i am seriously reconsidering. So i'd love to hear from other women who are using these pads and what the practical consequences are. Are they easily washable, do they clean well, how often can you use them, how many per period? So any comments on my comment are most welcome!

    • Hey! Since you love the freedom tampons give, you might wanna try a menstrual cup! It is good for the body, saves money, good for the environment and also it gives you the total freedom tampos give and what menstrual pad can’t give! A lot of women LOVE menstrual cups!

  2. Cara @ Health Home and Happiness says:

    I'll answer! :) I use about 8 per period, I wash them with my baby's cloth diapers every other day. I change as often as a disposable pad- maybe every three-four hours? Yes, they wash easily, you can use hydrogen peroxide if you don't like stains (it even works for old stains). They last a long time- I've been using mine for over 10 years.

    You might also like a Diva Cup- I've never tried one, but they're similar to tampons without harmful chemicals.

  3. I have just started using a GREAT alternative to tampons! They are called “Sea Pearls” and they are natural sea sponges that can be reused for 6 mo – 1 year. Only about $10 for a two pack. Super comfortable, easy to clean, no chemicals and environmentally friendly:)

    • I’m sure you are not aware of this Joy but sea sponges are being over fished. The process of removing them destroys many coral reefs worldwide. I’m not sure it’s environmentally friendly to use them as tampons really.

  4. Hi,
    Just like to share that I’ve been using a moon cup (reusable tampon) for 2-3 years now. I think it’s great. It doesn’t dry me out like ob, it never falls out (happened to me a lot with tampons when they were full). On heavy days I use cotton pads as a back up in case of leaks, which I then throw in the wash. I don’t even bother soaking them. I gave the box from the moon cup to my 10 year old daughter recently to take to school during their sex education class and she got a really positive reaction. The teacher even decided to get herself one! I think it’s sad that most people don’t know an alternative exists to disposable feminine hygiene products. Thanks for the great blog :-)

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