It's been several months since I started using cloth pads so I wanted to let you know how it's going. I like it in general, although there are some frustrations. The type of pad really makes a difference comfort-wise. My favorite pads are made by Pleat and they are the Overnight Muffies. I don't just use them overnight - they are longer and I like them better than the daytime ones (Regular Muffies) because they offer more coverage. I also have some pads that I only wear at night because they were a good deal, but not very comfortable. They feel like a diaper, but they do serve a purpose because they are very long and work well for sleeping. If you are looking for a less expensive night time only pad then I will recommend the Mama Moon Pads by Cre8tiveMama, but like I said, I only use them at night because I find them uncomfortable.
|Mama Moon Pads|
Right now I have 8 night time pads, 10 Overnight Muffies, and 5 Regular Muffies. And with the muffies I use a little extender snap that I acquired somehow because they aren't quite wide enough for my underwear. During a typical period, I have to do laundry about halfway through to have enough pads to last and sometimes I still have to supplement with disposable pads. I think if I wanted to get through the whole period without using any disposable pads I would probably buy 10 more Overnight Muffies - just to give you an idea of how many you need to get through a period. I could do more than one load of laundry, but I don't like to waste water, so if I don't have clothes to wash with them, I'm not going to do a load just for pads.
And that brings me to my one issue with these pads. I don't like stains, and gosh darnit I cannot get the stains out of some of these pads! I've tried pre-soaking them in oxyclean water, vinegar water, baking soda water, and nothing has worked to get all the stains out. They aren't horrible, but I wish I could get them out. Also, it seems like they are getting a bit dingy. Is it the way I pre-soak or wash them? Any advice? I wash them with my clothes on a regular cycle with regular unscented detergent and I lay them on a towel to air dry. Should I try another method?
Overall I like the cloth pads. My vagina can breathe more and I'm not being as wasteful. And they're pretty :)