for women only – Cloth Menstrual Pads

Our generation grew up accepting that the only option for us every month when aunty flo
came to visit wearing her red dress was to use paper disposable sanitary pads and cotton tampons.

But we only have to look to our grand mothers to find out that they grew up using something completely different.

And that of course is cloth!

Women have been using cloth for many generations more than paper disposables – there is really nothing disturbing or unclean about using cloth.

The Benefits – summed up in the 5 Cs (something like what Singapore girls need to get married *wink wink*)

Cloth pads are really Cute! They come in a large range of fabrics and all sorts of sizes and shapes, so you can really perk yourself up just looking at your beautiful and cute pads.

Fussybutt Moonbows

Gorgeous Fussybutt Moonbow pads

Hag Rag Halloween Set

Super cute Hag Rag pads

Sckoon

Luxuriously soft Organic cotton Sckoon pads

They’re also so much more Comfortable than disposable paper pads. Paper + plastic = no airflow = sweat and discomfort. Paper pads are also quite stiff while cloth pads will mold to your shape providing better ‘catching’ of liquid as well as being less noticeable for the wearer.

They’re definitely Cheaper in the long run! Cloth pads range from the super expensive luxurious brands to really cheap (but definitely still functional) brands. All pads will last for years and years, up to 10 years! They also get softer and more absorbent the more they are used. So there’s a higher initial investment in purchase, but unlike with disposable pads, you can use them many, many, many, many times so they definitely save you money.

Using cloth pads means you Care about your health. Disposable pads are bleached white (unless you buy the expensive natural brands) using dioxin – which can be toxic to your health in the long run. It’s not scientifically proven, but over the last 30 years there’s been a huge rise in the number of women with gynaelogical problems like Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis. Ever wonder whether it’s because we’re putting all sorts of chemicals against a really absorbent part of our bodies (our vaginas are mostly mucous membranes, meaning they are super good at absorbing whatever they come into contact with into our bodies)?

Not to mention of course, the Convenience. You never have to run out of pads again! Neither do you have to wrap up your pads to throw away. Simply dump them in the washing machine with your towels or other clothes, the stains just wash out like they wash out of our underwear or clothes. It doesn’t hurt that a lot of women report lighter bleeding and shorter periods after switching to cloth pads. The theory is that it’s because a really sensitive part of our body is no longer being irritated and therefore do not bleed as much.

Basically all the same reasons why everyone wears cloth underwear and not paper disposable underwear is the same reason why cloth pads are a good choice for most women.

Other than the great personal reasons, of course cloth pads are also better for the environment. They take minimum energy to wash with our other clothes and will last for a long time, producing less waste. Disposable pads take just as much energy (and chemicals) to manufacture as a cloth pad, but it can only be used once. After use disposable pads also take decades to break down (if at all) especially because of the plastic component. That means we’re increasing our landfills.

Why you should care about that? Consider that we all live on this Earth – you might not feel the effect of out of control landfills filled with rubbish yet, but eventually it will affect you in terms of increased pollution, higher temperatures and a less comfortable environment in which to live.

The Tiny Tapir hopes you give cloth pads a chance! I personally find my life so much better now I can entirely bypass the aisle of disposable sanitary products in the supermarket. Unbelievably, I even look forward to that time of the month because I get to put all those lovely pads to use.

Click the Tapir below to see what Cloth Pads the Tapir has in stock

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7 thoughts on “for women only – Cloth Menstrual Pads

  1. Hi Myuu,

    Not messy to change at all :).

    Since you are carrying your handbag into a public restroom you can keep a small ziplock bag inside your handbag. When you change the pad, you simply unsnap from your underwear and fold up (dirty side inside) and then put inside the ziplock.

    The ziplock will keep in all the smells (if any, actually there isn’t much). I’ve never had a pad so full that the liquid is spilling out anyway, so not worries about messes at all.

    If you can afford to spend the extra money you can even buy small pretty bags especially to keep the new / used pads in when you travel round

    See an example here http://www.femchoices.com/cloth-mini-pads-p-58.html – you can see in the photo, bleeding is on the white side, and when all folded up, the white is all on the inside, so no fear of mess.

    Actually, it’s less messy than disposable pads in public because at least you don’t have to touch the disposable pad dustbin to put your used disposable pad inside 🙂 – I find that really gross because often the person who used it before won’t put it in properly so you get to see someone else’s used pad + contents sticking onto the chute. Ew.

  2. Hi Myuu,

    Shipping is a flat $5 if you are in Peninsular Malaysia and $10 if you are out of Malaysia.

    I always offer free shipping for orders over $200.

    It will be obvious how to use when you are holding the pad in your hand 🙂 But in any case I do include an instruction sheet with step by step instruction.

    Basically, it’s just snap around your panties and wear like a disposable pad. When it’s full (depends on how heavy you bleed and which pad you’re using), just change it – the old one can fold up and put in a ziplock bag if you are not at home.

    Put the old ones to soak in cold water as soon as possible.

    After your cycle finish, just rinse out the old pads or you can just pour out the water and wash it like your normal clothes with your towels etc.

    Only thing is do not use fabric softener because it makes the cloth less absorbent.

  3. This idea… kind of creeeps me out.

    I don’t like the idea of ashing something like tat in my washing machine where not only mine but other peoples clothes are going to be…
    I can understand the reasoning behind it, its just hard to accept it.

    Truth be told, I didn’t even know people still used cloth pads i thought it was a thing of the past. Well I guess its like fashion things come back in periods. LOLOLOLOLOLOL jk jk jk

    But its a good cause your pushing I just think I’d need a little more persuasion.

    • hi Bernie. Do you wash your underwear in the washing machine 😉

      Point of a washing machine is that it makes your clothes clean! It’s ok, this idea takes time for some to get used to after all our whole lives we have been subjected to media that our bodies are dirty.

      Do some reading online and you will see many women are realizing that the modern cloth pad (not the type our grandparents used) has many more good points than the disposable type, the key factor is that they are so much more comfortable!

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