11 Reasons You Should Switch to Reusable Pads by Meg from Mama Cloth

by | Nov 18, 2019 | Blog, Health, Mental Wealth

Hello Badass Queens!

My name is Meg!

I am a Work-At-Home-Mama & the chick behind Mama Cloth Boutique! www.MamaCloth.ca

After cloth diapering my little one (and loving it), I made the switch to cloth myself. I did this for environmental and health reasons. I used to get a lot of skin irritation from disposable pads. I was finding Organic cotton pads to be extremely expensive for my budget and the waste factor still bothered me. Cloth has become a huge part of our household now. We have switched to many alternatives such as Cosmetic pads, Wipes, Hankies, Kitchen Rags, Cloth Diapers & Mama Cloth! I love that we are saving money, reducing waste, and protecting our bodies from harmful chemicals!

Environmental impact is very important to our family. We aren’t zero waste, but we do make a conscious effort to decrease one-time use items where we can. A lot of waste is generated from disposable items used on babies (diapers, wipes, breast pads), feminine hygiene products (pads/tampons) or household (Toilet Paper, Paper Towel, Cleaning towels). My goal is to make the world a Greener place for our future generations and I hope to encourage you to do the same.


  • Cheaper than disposables. Yes, cloth can be an initial investment but it pays itself off very quickly.
  • Many women report decreased period pain simply from being exposed to less toxins every month
  • Decreased health risks overall
  • Reusable (you never run out)
  • Soft, breathable, & more comfortable than disposable pads.
  • Environmentally friendly & sustainable
  • Very absorbent! In fact, cloth pads get more absorbent the more you wash them!
  • Reduced skin irritation. Skin irritation is one of the most common complaints I get and can be very easily resolved by omitting disposables because they are filled with plastics and other materials that do not breathe as easily.
  • Easy to clean (machine washable)
  • Comfortable. Most cloth pads are so comfortable it doesn’t even feel like you are wearing a pad.
  • Fun! Different prints and styles can make your period a lot more fun too!


Ask yourself two questions when trying to determine this…

  1. How many pads do I use a day?
  2. How often will I be doing laundry?

I also suggest that you count how many pads you would normally use in a day and multiply that by the number of days until you do laundry. I would suggest at least 10-20 pads (depending on you budget) to go paperless. If you are restricted to a budget, I suggest you buy little by little as you get to know what styles you like.  Others go all in at once and that’s okay too! Do what you are comfortable with.


Cloth pads last many, many years if cared for properly & can be reused over & over. The average life of a cloth pad is 6-7 years but some pads last even longer!


Cloth Pads do have a bit of an up front cost but the return is amazing! On average a start up stash of cloth pads will cost you about $100-$200. The average woman spends about $200 per year on disposable pads or tampons. A cloth pad stash often pays itself off within the first year and you get an average of 6-7 years out of your cloth pads. That’s an incredible savings!



The average woman uses 20-25 pads per cycle. Think about that for a second. On average a women’s cycle lasts about 33 years. That’s an average of 10,000 pads you could be keeping out of the landfills by switching to an environmentally friendly option like cloth pads or a menstrual cup! For every woman that makes the switch to cloth pads or a cup we will keep 300lb of waste out of our landfills! So yes, one person CAN make a difference!


  • Synthetic Fibers
  • Aluminums
  • Alcohols
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Fragrance Additives
  • Dioxin

This list is scary! What’s even scarier is that these ingredients are NOT required to be identified on the packaging!

Dioxin is a chemical by-product of the bleaching process and is extremely harmful to the human body. Dioxin has been linked to cancer, immune suppression, ulceration, pelvic inflammation disease, reduced fertility, changes in hormone levels, and endometriosis. Once dioxins enter the body, they last a long time because of their chemical stability and their ability to be absorbed by fat tissue, where they are then stored in the body for years and years.


Pads and Tampons are considered by the FDA to be “Medical Devices”. Medical Devices are not required BY LAW to have the ingredients listed on the packaging. This makes it very difficult for the consumer to make an informed decision.  By labelling pads & tampons as “Medical Devices” it suggests that a woman’s menstrual cycle is not a NORMAL function of the female body. This is false. Menstruation is normal and does NOT require a medical device. It confuses me as to why the FDA is labelling these products as such. Women’s periods are not medical problems that require “devices”. I firmly believe that these disposable products are a massive contributing factor to women’s health issues and I feel like it is being completely overlooked. The vagina is an incredibly permeable area. That being said putting toxins directly on this area seems incredibly unsafe. Whatever comes in contact with our skin is being absorbed in to our blood stream and our bodies. We need to get these toxic chemicals out of these products. It only seems fair that companies are required to identify what is in these products so that women can make an informed decision for themselves. People have the right to make informed choices when it comes to their bodies.

My mission is to provide families with healthier reusable alternatives and to educate people on what is happening with regards to product labelling and the impact of these products on our health. Not only is our environment being severely impacted by our menstrual cycle but our health is being impacted as well.

For more information on cloth pads and other reusable products for yourself, your period, or your family please connect with me.


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