My thanks to Pink Lemonade for providing pads to review!
Pink Lemonade makes washable pads in unique and stylish fabrics for your cycles, or any other time you need protection.
So that I could try a couple of different options from Pink Lemonade, they sent me three pads: a 7″ minky, an 8″ bamboo fleece and a 9″ cotton. The blues, purples and greens in the fabrics are lovely, don’t you think?
As suggested, I washed them one time with my cloth diaper detergent (Tide) before using. All the pads are fleece-backed with wings that snap closed (snaps are color-coordinated to match the prints). They are very well-made with neat stitching and durable fabrics.
Using washable pads makes a lot of sense after you’ve tried reusable products like cloth diapers and nursing pads. But any woman could benefit from giving “mama cloth” a try simply because of the sheer number of disposables that are thrown in the trash every month, plus the thousands of dollars that we spend over the years on pads.
What I like most about my Pink Lemonade cloth pads is the COMFORT they afford. Although many disposable products claim to be “soft” or “cotton-like,” you just can’t duplicate the comfort (and health benefits) of real cloth. Disposable pads have a moisture-proof plastic cover which can be very irritating to the skin, especially the longer you wear them. The perfume which is sometimes added can also cause a mild reaction. Perfumes and plastics are just not as skin-friendly as breathable fabrics like cotton and bamboo.
My biggest question when trying cloth pads for the first time was “how do I launder them?” The care is surprisingly easy, even more so than cloth diapers. I recommend either soaking or rinsing before laundry day, and here’s how these two methods work:
Soaking: Place used pad in a bucket or other container and cover with cold water. Every time you use a pad, toss it in the container and replace the water. On laundry day, empty out the water and wash the pads alone or with your other laundry (like towels and underwear) using a “cloth safe” detergent.
Rinsing (my choice): Quickly rinse the used pad in cool water and place in a wet bag or other waterproof container. On laundry day, wash pads and wet bag alone or with your other laundry (like towels and underwear) using a “cloth safe” detergent.
That’s it! See how easy it is to incorporate the pads into your wash routine? Of course, you don’t even HAVE to soak or rinse, but that will cut down on staining. And if you’re wondering how many to buy for one cycle, that will depend on what’s normal for you. A typical cycle might require a couple of overnight pads, 4-6 regular pads and a few liners. It’s a very wise investment to make for years of usage and comfort!
But even so, with pads starting at $5.00 each and going up from there, a full set could still could be hard to fit into your budget. I get that! In fact, I’m still using them only “part time” right now. But that’s the great thing about washable menstrual pads. You can buy just a few and see how you like them.
It’s fun to pick out pretty fabrics. I can’t deny this factor! That’s not a decisive reason to switch to cloth pads, but it does make the decision more enjoyable.
Images courtesy Pink Lemonade Shop
Here are some quick thoughts on the three pads I tried:
Cotton – At 9 inches, I like the size of this one best because it got me through the regular flow days of my cycle. The cotton fabric is cool, smooth and highly breathable.
Bamboo – My 8 inch bamboo pad is very soft and a good size for regular days. And because it’s bamboo, it has some natural beneficial properties. The wings curled slightly after washing and drying.
Minky – The 7 inch minky liner is the softest of them all, and due to the synthetic poly fabric it has a kind of stay-dry quality. However, I still prefer the bamboo and cotton. This pad is excellent for light days and held its shape best of all after washing; plus it resists stains.
Other cloth pads I’ve tried previously shifted around while I was wearing them, and it was extremely annoying. My Pink Lemonade pads stay put and do not shift around or slide forwards or backwards. I’d love to try out Pink Lemonade’s pads for heavier days and overnight next!
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