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Washable Period Pad Review


As you can understand from the title, this post is about periods and period pads. So if you’re squeamish or have any related phobias, I suggest you stop reading as the content may be triggering. 
I want to review my washable period pad (yes, it does exist!!), and who knows maybe you’ll decide to give it a go. For quite a while I was concerned by the amount of waste we create every time we’re on our period. Especially me, as I don’t use tampons and only use pads, so the bin gets full pretty quickly. I’d heard of the OrganiCup, but honestly I didn’t really feel like trying it out, but figured I might have to if I didn’t find an alternative.
Then I went to Veggie World Paris (aka Vegan paradise) last April and there it was: washable period pads. There were all sorts of sizes and colours to choose from, depending on your
flow and your taste.
This was the perfect solution to reduce waste, and to avoid having to use the cup. I only bought one to start with, to test it and see if I’d want to buy more. Mine cost between 20 and 25 euros (I can’t remember exactly), so it’s quite the investment. Over time, though, it’ll end up being cheaper than buying new pads every month (because as you’d know, they’re not the cheapest thing), and especially because I try to buy organic ones when I can.
I bought the Plus size (that you can see in the picture bellow), from a French company called Plim. If you aren't from France, I think other companies must make pads like these in your home country.
The pad is made out of fair trade and organic cotton, which is better for your body as you’re not in contact with pesticides (unlike regular non-organic pads and tampons) and is better for the cotton farmer’s health as well. There is no dangerous added scent either (unlike in regular pads) that again, is unhealthy for our body. 
I can honestly say that I am satisfied with the pad. It’s comfortable, and lasts quite a long time. I can keep it for several hours, and unlike some pads, it doesn’t leak. It’s like a cushion, and you don’t have the stickiness of regular pads. 
But here comes the less glamourous part: washing your pad. I chose my pad to be red so that I can’t see the blood explicitly, but rather just a stain. I basically have to run my pad under room-temperature water and rub it together until the water becomes clear. It then needs to dry (it must NOT be put directly on a radiator), which usually takes a couple hours. And I repeat the process as many times as I need to. Once my period is over, I usually put the pad in the washing machine (after being hand-washed), to make sure it’s completely clean to re-use a month later. So, yes, it’s more effort than simply throwing your pad in the bin, but it’s MUCH better for the environment and for you. 
If you only want to use washable pads, then you’ll need a couple to use while the other ones are drying. The next one I am planning to buy is a night one, as I simply need to wash it in the morning when I get up, and it will have all day to dry until I go back to bed. Little by little I wish to use as many washable pads as possible, to avoid all this waste! 
There is one aspect, though, that I’m not very comfortable with. I don’t like having a washable pad when I’m out and/or staying at a friend’s house. If the pad is full and there’s no way to wash it, it can be folded upside down to avoid all contact with the blood and can be put in a little bag until it’s possible to wash it. I don’t do that yet, but I just need to force myself to wear it out so that I get used to it and eventually feel comfortable with it. For now, at least, I only wear it when I’m at home or when I go out for a couple errands. 
I hope this post was helpful and that it made you think about trying one out, if you have any further questions feel free to ask in the comment section below! 
Thank you for reading,

Eleonore

Comments

  1. I've waited to read one of these reviews because buying pads and tampons every month is so expensive and so much waste. I've wanted to read something honest about these to see if it's worth investing and you may have just changed my opinion overall. Great post.

    Liz | efforlescence.com

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  2. I love the idea of this and what it does for the environment! Its a shame we're all so conditioned to feel embarrassed by the idea of periods and washing the pads! I'd love to give this a try and it's great to read your review :) x

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    1. Yes I agree! I got used to it pretty quickly, but it does seem 'dirty' in the beginning.
      Thank you! I hope you do give it a try :D x

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