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Friday, July 2, 2010

Taking the next (eco) step

I have switched to cloth diapers, cloth (knit) dish cloths, and "un-paper" towels; so why is it that I was still ok with throwing away feminine hygiene products every month?

The answer to that one is pretty easy, it is the ick factor. For some reason, it does not bother my husband or I to stand over the toilet, spraying gross poop off of a diaper, but mention a reusable pad and both of us cringe. It seems really silly. In fact, it is silly, so I am putting aside my preconceived notions of how icky "mama cloth" is and trying it.

Like cloth diapers, the initial investment is much higher than disposables. One pad (or pad set in some cases) costs about what I would spend in a month or more on throw away products. Because of that, I only started my stash with enough to last one day. If I get through that first day and I am hooked, I can order more. If I hate it, I haven't invested too much time and money on a failed project.

From what I have read, I will never want to buy a disposable pad again. All the reviews on every brand of reusable pads talk about how much more comfortable they are, and how easy it really is to take care of them and such. Because I have diapers to throw them in the wash with, it will be even easier for me!

My first ones arrived today, and first impressions are pretty good. They seem soft, and they are kind cute, although not as cute as cloth diapers are, which is fine because I don't really want anyone seeing them!

I will keep you posted on what I think, and if I am going to continue on this journey!

1 comment:

  1. I tend to use Tampax as they are a lot less messy. I wonder if they have a "cloth" version of those.

    I'm very interested in how this experiment go for you.