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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My First Green Period: Using Cloth Pads

My preview post talked about a few of the options that were open to those of us wanting to have a green period. Why have a green period? What benefits do reusable menstrual products have?
  • Better for our skin
  • Better for the environment
  • Better for our budget
I am going to discuss my first experience with the cloth pads from GladRags.


I received the day pad set which included three snapped covers and six inserts.  They were all washed in hot water and air-dried in preparation.  I set up the pads with the two inserts each they came with so that I was ready to go once my period started.  It was easy to do: just open the two flaps, insert the liners, close the flaps back, and snap together for storage; or fold the pad in thirds like most disposables come packaged.


The day pad from GladRags is about 9 1/2 inches long. It was comfortably long for me and fit snugly once wrapped and snapped around my panty.  I found it extremely comfortable to wear, soft and absorbent.  I had no problem with the pad slipping or moving at all. It is important to wear underwear that fits well so that the pad stays properly in place.  The pads also absorbed well and kept me dry. I was a little surprised by that since I (wrongly) assumed the flow would feel wet with cloth pads. It does not. You are dry and comfortable. You also have the option of using both inserts or just one, depending on your flow.

Once I was done with the pads, I pre-washed on cold then did a regular wash with my other clothes. The pads came out clean and looking like they were never used. A few liners did fray a little, but not so much to make a difference in their absorption abilities.  After, I pulled them back into shape and hung them to dry. They are stuffed and stored, ready for next month.

Overall, these are a great green option for your period. Try them out and see for yourself. Maybe the upcoming Earth Day will give you some inspiration.  I am never going back to disposable pads. I love the ease of use and care of the GladRags day pads I used.

*I am a featured reviewer at Silent Springs. You can peruse other eco-friendly items there.*

37 comments :

  1. Gotta love mama cloth! It is so much more comfortable than plastic pads, especially if you have to sit a lot like I do for your job. Glad you liked them!

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  2. I am a new follower... Over the past few years I've been evolving,,, growing more and more green with my choices. Your blog fits right into this ever evolving transition. Thank you for posting about this private topic :) Look forward to reading more. Please stop by www.caveprincess.com sometime!

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  3. If you liked mamma cloth you should check out Menstrual cups. I am in love with mine Id never go back to disposable now.
    http://mommaof3-littlebits.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-01-13T16:18:00-08:00

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  4. These look great. I am a new follower and trying to contribute to our planet by converting to green choices in as many things as possible. This is new to me so this is another great way to do so.

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  5. I need more cloth pads and these look well made and from your review, sound like they do a good job.

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  6. I am glad you mentioned that it kept you dry. That would be my concern as well. I have never tried them.

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  7. I love cloth pads too! they are so nice and it saves the "oops I'm out of pads" realization at 10pm... and the panic wondering if you should actually drive all the way to the store!

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  8. I love that they keep you dry. I have some cloth pads and love them, but don't have enough to go my entire period yet though. Would love more. These sound great

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  9. I would love to try these as they look like they would work well

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  10. I love cloth pads and I love that they area adjustable absorbency

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  11. I love using cloth...was great post partum too :)

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  12. thanks for this honest review. I am going to go to cloth once I have my baby (LO due 9/1)..I hadn't thought of it until I came across it in my efforts to learn about cloth diapering

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  13. wenjin ma9:06 PM

    I love those pads,I have different gladrags and have purchased some from etsy stores too

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  14. so informative i had no idea about these. crystalmaus @yahoo.com

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  15. I love that these have inserts that you can change whenever needed.

    allnaturalkatie at gmail dot com

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  16. I really like that you can customize the absorbency with this mama cloth

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  17. Cool I love mama cloth!

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  18. I want to try these! I love that they kept you feeling dry!'

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  19. I really want to try mama cloth. I like that these are stay dry too.

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  20. carol roberts12:28 PM

    i like these i need to buy them

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  21. I love the colors I've got some of these from years ago still!

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  22. I love that you can individualize this with the inserts. :)

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  23. I've been hoping to switch to reusable pads, this would be a great option! Thanks for the review!

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  24. great review, thanks for the info. it's a big step in switching that i'm hoping to do one day.

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  25. I love that these pads come with inserts so you can adjust the absorbsncy as needed!

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  26. I'm wondering if you have heard or have any idea as to the how long these last with regular usage? I am convinced this is the way to go, but I'm not sure about investing money in something that may only last a year or so? Granted, buying paper products can cost more over that time period, but I already have a stockpile of a couple years worth of those...lol...I am willing to donate them if I can find out how long these others tend to last :) Also...has anyone heard how well these work with tweens/teens? My daughter is 12 and has had her period 3x now, and says NO WAY to the cloth version...( she wants to fit in at school etc) any idea how these work for the young ones?

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  27. Hi Krista. I can see where your 12yo is a little hesitant. Maybe she can try it on the weekends so you can both get the hang of it. Cloth pads will last years, just like cloth diapers, which are used far more often and suffer more wear and tear. Starting with a small stash will help the transition as well so that you can see which types you prefer or that work better for you and your daughter. You can email me (About Me tab)if you want to discuss further.

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  28. Thanks for the review of this particular product. I've been reading research about health benefits by going with natural cloth instead of the plastics used nowadays, and been wanting to switch. Nice to have a review to go by.

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  29. I use Lunapads and a Divacup and i LOVE that i create no waste. And I really find the pads much more comfy :)

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  30. I've heard bout 'green'/ reusable pads, but I just wasn't sure if I'd like them. I try and live a very eco friendly lifestyle, but they still seemed a bit strange for me to get used to. These are the nicest I've seen, and your review has got me considering them, thank you! ~Raine~

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  31. I am intrigued by 'green' period products but have been hesitant (read nervous) to try them. Your review is very honest. I love how they are easy to use and don't contain any chemicals. I think I am going to start to look into purchasing some for myself@

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  32. I have actually never heard of these before. Thanks for talking about them.

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  33. This is something I'm considering... especially for postpartum, I've heard they're fantastic for that time! I'm impressed that they didn't stain... that would be a worry of mine. Maybe it's time I start researching buying some!!!

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  34. I am very apprehensive about using these and the menstrual cups due to my own squeamishness. I also was wary about the absorbency and am pleasantly surprised to read that it wasn't an issue.

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  35. These are new to me. My sister is considering this alternative so I'm reading as much as I can so that I can help her make good choices. These sound like something she should think about!

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  36. Were can I get pads from

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