Last fall I was flipping through a catalogue and the EBY studio in Green Bay and I found GladRags–washable, reusable cloth menstrual pads. I didn’t know such a product existed. I didn’t even know I needed such a product! But when I saw the name (no picture even!) the lights turned on and I quickly did the math.
“$10-ish per cycle (I would buy Seventh Generation and Natracare)…one cycle per month, twelve months in a year…twenty more years (God willing) or so… $2400?!“
Ok, ok. I’ll admit it before my loving husband rats on me and tells the whole world what a less-than-perfect mathematician I am: I used a calculator… even though it was super easy math.
So $2400 for 20 years. And if you aren’t using a Diva Cup already, you can expect to at least double that price with the cost of tampons!
No wonder why they say having daughters gets expensive!
Enough with the chit chat. Here’s a photo of a (very pretty) day pad with two inserts; each pad comes with two inserts. To use, wrap and button around your undergarment. Easy peasy. I’ve found that 6 day pads is perfect for a frugal person like me, but then I supplement with night pads (which double as Postpartum Pads).
What about cleaning?
Great question, and you can find official answers here. I take an old ice cream bucket (it is so challenging to get one when you don’t eat ice cream!) and fill it with cold water. I liberally spray each item with a natural stain remover like Bac-Out by Bi-O-Kleen (recommended by GladRags) and then let it all soak. I exchange the water for clean water maybe once or twice, and I’ll let this bucket sit around for a day or so.
Unfortunately, when I did find my ice cream bucket, I didn’t get a lid with it. If that sort of thing would bother you in your house, GladRags offers a pretty (and opaque) container to store your goods in until laundry day.
How long will they last?
GladRags says they are made to last for 5 years but that some of the women are using the same ones they first bought in the 1990s. I can’t tell you anything since I’ve only been on this particular bandwagon for around 6 months.
Are you doing the math? I’ve spent under $100 for my start up collection (two Day Pad 3 packs, three Nighttime packs, and two carry bags) and I fully expect that to last me over the next 5 years and longer!
Essentially I’m saving around $2000 in the next 20 years (what will I do with all that extra money?) plus I’m Saving the Earth by reducing the amount of trash I am personally responsible for creating.
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