Posts Tagged ‘mama cloth’

Intro to Mama Cloth

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Intro to Mama ClothWhile pregnant with my second son, I sought to change our lifestyle to a more natural and sustainable way of living. Having cloth diapered my baby, I looked into the options and information on “mama cloth.” Reusable cloth menstrual pads are both sustainable and environmentally friendly. Mama cloth are soft, reusable menstrual pads that are typically made from fleece, cotton and flannel.

The benefits of mama cloth are many. Plastic disposable pads and tampons are made from the same materials as disposable diapers, including viscose rayon and wood pulp. Dioxin is used to bleach the materials. Many irritations and infections are caused by the chemicals and plastics in the pads and tampons, which cause a change in vaginal pH and temperature.

Disposable pads do not just “go away” after use, and just like disposable diapers they sit in landfills for years and years. The environmental benefits are also eye opening. An estimated 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons are dumped in North America every year. More than 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.

Along with the environmental benefits, just the feeling of cotton or fleece against the skin is remarkable–who wouldn’t want something soft and natural in your most intimate areas? I have found that my skin does not like the feel of plastic and since beginning mama cloth I’ve had much less irritation.

If you cloth diaper using mama cloth is really not much more different. I store them in a small personal wet bag when used and then wash them with the cloth diapers, following the rinse, wash, rinse and dry routine. Using a natural, dye-free soap and vinegar to rinse helps ensure a clean, non-staining pad.  I have sewn many of my pads but there are many companies who provide wonderful ones with all the bells and whistles – Lunapads, Gladrags, are among the most well known. Most cloth pads sit in the panties and use a snap, velcro or button to hold the “wings” down to provide extra protection.

I hope you give mama cloth a try, they really feel amazing, hold moisture away from the body, and help the environment.

Pia Watzig is a stay at home mom to three boys, the youngest of whom is currently screaming for her attention. She lives in Portland, Oregon.



Product Review: Planet Wise Small Wetbag

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Wetbags can be used in a variety of ways. Most people use them to store dirty dipies, however they are also handy for wet bathing suits or other soiled/wet clothing items. You can also use them to store your cloth wipes as well as for mama cloth. Planet Wise makes awesome wetbags! Some of the key features include:

  • PVC Free and Lead Free Zippers
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reusable to avoid using plastic bags, helping to protect our planet
  • Made in the USA
  • Made with high quality designer fabrics with coordinating waterproof inner material and locking zipper.
  • Each bag is innovatively sewn with hidden seams and sealed for no wicking or leaking.
  • Resists most stains odors – keeping smells in.

Planet Wise wetbags come in 3 sizes and tons of awesome colors/prints:

  • The small measures 8″ x 10″ and holds 1 -2 cloth diapers
  • The medium measures 13″ x 16″  and holds 8-9 cloth diapers
  • The large measures 18″ x 21″  and holds 16-17 cloth diapers


My good friend Michelle recently started using a Planet Wise wetbag and shared her thoughts on it with us:

“Last month I bought some new mama cloth to try out. I went the Imse Vimse Menstrual Pads with Wings which I ended up LOVING! When I placed the order at Mom’s Milk Boutique I wasn’t sure about the fact that they are white, but just like cloth diapers I can sun them and ta-da… no stains! My friend Sarah at Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiaper.Naturally figured I would need a wetbag to go along with them so she asked if I wanted to try out a small Planet Wise wetbag. Yes, please! was my reply. This month was the perfect time for me to try it out since I had so many errands to run. With the amount of time I would be away from home I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stick to my mama cloth all week. However the Planet Wise wetbag definitely made it doable.

I could stick a couple of clean pads in the wetbag, then put that into my purse and head right out the door. Wherever I was, I didn’t worry about others knowing what I had in my wetbag. I could slip to the bathroom with everything I needed in the bag (a clean pad and somewhere to put the other one). Even my kids didn’t ask me what it was. It went with me everywhere, the park, other people’s houses…all over the place! It was really nice that the smell stayed entirely contained in the wetbag and nothing leaked in my purse. When my cycle was over I washed the wetbag right along with my mama cloth.  Once everything was dry, I put all the pads right back into the wetbag. Now my clean pads have a place to stay…until next month!”

So happy to hear how well it worked out for Michelle! Congrats on the eco-friendly choice you made to switch to mama cloth and thanks a bunch for the feedback! Planet Wise wetbags truly are a great choice for all your wetbag needs! 🙂


Sunday Funday Giveaway: Imse Vimse Menstrual Pads with Wings

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Have you been contemplating switching from disposables menstrual pads to mama cloth? Well now is your chance to win a FREE 3 pack of Imse Vimse Menstrual Pads with Wings! If you are not familiar with mama cloth, it is an awesome, eco-friendly and economical alternative to using disposable menstrual pads. Mama cloth is made with re-usable/washable fabrics and materials. For example this Imse Vimse Menstrual Pad is made from layers of 100% organic cotton with an internal layer of polyester with PUL (waterproof fabric). After use, you simply soak pad in cold water and then wash in hot water in the washing machine. They can be used again and again, month after month, which ultimately saves you money! Yahoo for saving money while protecting mama earth! The Imse Vimse pads are made with wings that wrap around your panties and snap securely into place. This also helps offer extra protection against leaking.

If you are curious to try mama pads or looking to expand your stash, then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below for your chance to win a 3 pack of regular flow Imse Vimse Menstral Pads with Wings.