Pink Lemonade makes washable pads in unique and stylish fabrics for your cycles, or any other time you need protection and sent me a couple of different styles to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
I received a 7″ minky, an 8″ bamboo fleece and a 9″ cotton.
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. Any woman could benefit from at least giving them a try simply because of the money spent on pads that go straight into the trash each month.
What I like most about my Pink Lemonade cloth pads is the comfort. 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. The perfume which is sometimes added can also cause a mild reaction. Perfumes and plastics are really not ideal.
They’re shaped like disposable pads, but they’re made of cloth and fasten with a snap.
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 fabrics. That’s not a decisive reason to switch to cloth pads, but Pink Lemonade definitely does make the whole process more pleasant.
Images courtesy Pink Lemonade Shop
Here are some quick thoughts on the three pads I tried:
Cotton – The cotton fabric is cool, smooth and highly breathable. This 9″ pad worked well for regular days.
Bamboo – This 8″ pad also worked well for regular days; the bamboo is super soft, but the wings did curl back slightly after washing and drying.
Minky – The 7″ inch pad was the softest of 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 worked for light days. It holds its shape well and resists stains.
I notice that the smaller and thinner the pad is the more it tends to shift and slide forwards or backwards. I’d like to try some of Pink Lemonade’s longer/thicker pads.