Freebies and Giveaways is going green this year and our first stop is Mama Cloth! For those of you who are unsure what this product is, they are reusable menstrual pads.
First thought? EWWWWW Gross!! You do WHAT with them?
OK lets put the judgement to the side and do a general review of Mama Cloth before we do a review of all the sponsors of this review!!
First I would like to share why I decided to make the switch. My period lasts for 8 days and my house is a battlefield during that awful week. I have a rash from the pad rubbing and I am just hot mess the whole time. I also have an allergy to something in the pad so my doctor suggested I switch. My first thought was there is no way I am going to rinse those out, wash them and reuse them. I just couldn't see myself doing it. It really grossed me out, but anyone who knows me knows after my initial reaction I will calm down and do whats best. I need alot of information before switching to anything so when I got home the research began. I was surprised to find that there are so many chemicals in pads and in tampons. Some chemicals are linked to cervical cancer, which I am already at risk for! This chemicals also make periods longer and more painful. That right there gave me the boost I needed to give these babies a shot!
The next question was how in the heck am I going to choose the right brand? There are a bazillion people who make them! They come in all different shapes and sizes, plus the materials in them all are different! Not to mention this was my first experience with cloth so words like PUL had no meaning to me. I was so lost. Thats when I decided a review was in order so I could help others in my position! I got together a list of shops that made Mama Cloth and started emailing! The response was amazing! I am now able to bring to you a review to help you choose the right brands for you.
I will say after two cycles I will NEVER use a disposable pad again! My period went from 8 days to 3 1/2 and I have very minimal cramps! Plus the amount of flow decreased by half! That alone is enough for me (and a few of my friends I have bragged to) to make the switch, but the added bonus is by switching you will save money in the long run and will most definitely help save the environment!
For those who think its gross to rinse them out I have done the rinsing them out and I have just thrown them in the washer and either worked for me. So if you want to switch but the thought of rinsing them out is holding you back fret not, just toss them in the washer as is :) Also I have yet to have an issue with stains!! Its really not as bad as your mind makes you first think! Just get over the thought of the grossness and give it a shot :)