Whether you call them mama cloth or just know them as reusable cloth pads, I wanted to share a tutorial with you today to make your own. We all know that disposables are not only bad for the environment but can also be bad for us and our bodies. I get a lot of comments on here when I’ve reviewed WAHM cloth pads before that because they’re “gross” people can’t get past the idea of them. Trust me, I was one of you women. Then I started reading more about them and why they were a better alternative for my own health reasons.
If you’re like me then the “gross out” factor doesn’t just apply to cloth pads, but to disposables as well . I was strictly a tampon girl. I mean, they are easy to use, discreet, and you don’t feel them as much as a disposable pad…but they’re terrible for you. I recently stumbled across an amazing site that is written by a woman that has been involved with studying alternative menstrual products for quite a while and even taught classes at her college specifically on the subject. You can find great information on alternatives on her site, Miriam Axel-Lute, as well as other “green” topics. This is an excerpt from her brochure. (Don’t worry, her site is licensed with Creative Commons, so I’m okay to post some of her info here.)
Erin Marshall says
I use a Diva Cup and I love it.
Kassie Groll says
I got in a a few lunettes but then found out I was pregnant. Lol
jennifer zuna says
I personally have no use for something like this anymore (hysterectomy 4 years ago) but i think the concept is great =]
Nice little tutorial. Thanks!
Erin Slocum says
Love my mama cloth! I’ve not tried the cup though. I never did use tampons. We had a girl from my high school die of TSS.
Kassie Groll says
montana mama says
Great tutorial! I’ve been making different styles and fabrics of pads to see which ones I like best but for some reason I hadn’t put minky on one! I think that will be the next I try 🙂
annie @ montanasolarcreations
Savannah Cooper-Hughes says
Thanks for the tutorial! I use a combination of mama cloth and a cup and it’s great! I’d love to try making my own mama cloth though. I’ve never had a stain on the minky, it always comes out, definitely the way to go!
Ninja Wifey says
Oh wow, I’ve never even thought of anything like this. interesting idea to think about.
Silent Springs says
Thanks for doing this post. Hopefully it spreads the word on how easy it is to use cloth!
Eco Baby Mama Drama says
I really love you sharing this! I wish I could sew to make some, gotta get my mom to help do it for me maybe? Thanks again this is really awesome!
Great tutorial! I have not used tampons for about a year now, mainly using a menstrual cup (Diva Cup) which I love. I have been meaning to try making my own cloth pads, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll be giving them a try soon though. I posted about menstrual cups a while back… http://www.likeamustardseed.com/ladies-only-my-thoughts-on-menstrual-cups/
Again, great post!
Thanks for the tutorial. I have many brands of mama cloth and love them, but it would be great to be able to make my own. I guess I need to get some snap pliers.
Kassie Groll says
I suppose you could even use velcro although depending on your fabric choices, it may snag a bit during washing.
If u have a local joanns wait for a 40% off coupon to get your pliers it a what I did and I saved so much I was able to get a ton of snaps!
I have heard about and seen these but silly question… how do you care/wash them? I feel a little dumb asking but I am interested in giving it a try.
i hardly ever use tampons. i actually prefer to use pads. and i cloth diaper so the grossness factor isn’t really there for me. my concern is bulkiness/uncomfortableness while wearing a cloth pad. i’ve been thinking about trying cloth for myself for awhile. my youngest is 9 months and i haven’t my cycle again yet so i’m thinking about making some ahead of time, but do they feel weird? thanks so much for your tutorial!!!
Elisebet Freeburg says
Thanks for the tutorial! I’m about to make the switch to mama cloth and a menstrual cup, and I’m planning on making my own.
about pollyanna says
im going to try this Kass.. love this.
Lori Strout says
To the person that wants to know about care for them? You soak them i peroxide for a few minites or you can just soak them in cold water in a bucket. Mine are in the linen closet on the floor. I empty the water every other day and refill with cold water.When you wash you can use oxiclean or something like it. The last time I put them right in the washer with half the soap I usually use unless I am going to wash with something else like anything that doesn’t get bleach. In the last rinse (my machine has two rinses)I put in 1/2 cup of vinegar. Then I don’t need softener it takes care of static in the dryer it softens and it gets ant soap residue out. Then I just dry them it does take longer for them to dry if they are real thick ones I do another wash load of clothes to put the pads back in I use vinegar on all my clothes and my husbands too.
Ginger Clark says
Where did you get the Zorb 2? Is Wazoodle the best price? I can’t find it anywhere else.
I’m going to try making these….as soon as payday rolls around! Thanks for the easy instructions!
Laura B says
I definitely plan to switch to mama cloth after my pregnancy. Thanks for supplying all the health facts in this post. The health reasons are my #1 for choosing cloth for my baby and myself 🙂
I just switched over to cloth pads in Sept 2014, It was easier than I thought it would be. I clean mine by soaking in a bucket with oxyclean in cold water and I change the water daily until im ready to wash with out fabric softener. They dry up nicely. Im so glad I made the switch.