Reusable menstrual pads don’t only look pretty, but they are also environmentally friendly, can be worn externally, and can be reused for a long period of time. These pads can literally minimize the financial and environmental impact of your period.
However, before you transition to reusable pads and ditch the single use disposable pads, here are some things you should know.
Know How These Pads Actually Work
Reusable menstrual pads are worn just like single use pads, and they effectively absorb the menstrual fluid when a period comes. They absorb the fluid externally. So, there’s nothing new you’ll need to learn in order to start using them.
However, the construction and build of these pads is a big different as compared to the single use pads. These pads are usually more expensive as compared to the single use pads, but considering the number of times they can be reused, you can confidently buy them. You can easily remove and wash these pads after using them.
Cleaning a Reusable Pad
To effectively clean your reusable pad, you should follow the instructions that came with your specific pad. You can usually wash the pads like normal items in your laundry. So, you can use your conventional washing method same as you use with your clothes. You can soak your pads in cold water before washing them in laundry of you’re worried about stains.
Do They Really Help Our Environment?
Simple answer to this question is, yes. These pads certainly make a difference. However, the overall environmental impact of these pads is harder to determine because EPA doesn’t publicly share the total environmental impact of disposable menstrual pads.
So, while the difference isn’t much, using reusable period pads can certainly can serve the environment.