4 Important Reasons to Switch to Cloth Pads

I’ve been using cloth pads, the very same set of cloth pads in fact, from GladRags for over 4 years now. Before I switched, I thought the idea of reusable pads was really gross, but I have become a complete convert. The benefits far outweigh any inconvenience, and it’s honestly not so gross after all. These are four important reasons to switch to cloth pads or other reusable alternative.

4 Important Reasons to Switch to Cloth Pads

1. Healthier

Typical disposable pads and tampons are made from unwanted ingredients like plastic, bleach, and dioxins. The plastic sheeting on disposable pads can cause irritation and a susceptibility to yeast infections. The residue from bleaching is sometimes an unknown allergy for women. Dioxins have been shown to cause reproductive issues, interfere with hormones, and cause cancer.


2. Cost Effective

Cloth pads seems like they’re expensive because the upfront cost is larger. However, they last for years and years which means once you’ve bought them, you’re set. I would say $8 a month on disposable pads is a fair estimation (plus tax, ugh, at least it’s going to be lifted in Canada), then I’ll multiple that by 12 months which equals $96 a year. Whereas I spent about $90 on my set of cloth pads 4 years ago. To compare, that’s $384 for 4 years of disposable pads or $90 for 4+ years of cloth pads. This means I’ve already saved just $6 shy of $300, and that number will continue to grow as time goes on.


3. Eco-Friendly

Over a lifetime, the average women will use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads and/or tampons. That is a huge amount of waste accumulating very quickly. As I mentioned above, over 5 years just one cloth pad replaces approximately 120 disposable pads or tampons. It’s not just a monetary savings, it’s also keeping all that additional waste out of our landfills.


4. More Comfortable

I was surprised how much more comfortable cloth pads were than disposable. Because these are made of cloth, cotton in particular, they just feel like your underwear does already. I was worried about them being bulky, but there are so many options for sizes and thicknesses. With all this possible customization, you end up with exactly what you need.


Other Options

If pads aren’t your style, there are alternatives to tampons that have the above advantages as well. Menstrual cups and sea sponges are healthy, reusable options to be used in place of tampons. If you still don’t want to go the reusable route, there are some more natural, chemical-free and/or organic brands of disposable pads and tampons available that at least provide the health benefits.


Have you made the switch to cloth pads, a menstrual cup, or sea sponge? What did you think?

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9 Comment

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    February 9, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Only have a couple of cloth pads, but I agree that they are SO COMFORTABLE! They are my go to when my period starts. I like tampons, but am getting more concerned about the health issues related, so am seriously considering trying the Diva cup. Added bonus with that is that you can wear it for a full 12 hours, so no worry of leak/changing while out!

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      February 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve read great things about the diva cups as well. I didn’t know that you can wear it for a full 12 hours though, that’s awesome!

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        February 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm

        Yes, I believe that because they are hospital grade silicone there is no worry of TSS and your body is not absorbing anything, so you can wear them longer. Also, I happened to be talking to a friend this afternoon and she mentioned menstrual cups coincidentally. She said that when you wear a tampon your body cramps more because of the tampon absorbing, but since there is no absorption with a cup you get less cramps! Bonus! She uses Lily cup brand.

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    February 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I haven’t tried yet, but I want to. I’ve been looking at thinx period panties. Thanks for the rec on cloth pads.

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      February 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Oooh, I’ve been curious about the Thinx panties as well! I think they maybe could be even more comfortable. I had already invested in my Glad Rags before I saw the Thinx, and I’m happy with them too.

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    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    February 10, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I’ve made the switch to a menstrual cup and love it! It’s really changed my period for me and you can almost forget you have your period (minus the cramps.) I recommend it to anyone I can.

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      February 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Oh, that’s awesome! I love hearing about other converts out there. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    June 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    i love my blossom cup… . its way cheaper than the Diva cup and softer to use. I also use period mate pads bought via amazon… they are so comfortable..and i use them as a back up or on days i am super light… thanks for sharing such a wonderful post on going back to reusable… much better for our health and our world…

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      June 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Oh, that is awesome! I love hearing about others who use reusable alternatives as well, they’re so good! I hadn’t heard of the blossom cup before. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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