Aug. 6th, 2013 @ 09:20 pm Stash size? Plus a couple more questions.
I've been thinking of making my own cloth pads for a while, but between work and college, I've only had enough time now to start making them.

I actually tried an overnight pad, which worked really well. But then I forgot to rinse it out, so even if I didn't smell anything, the ants certainly did. Ick.

I've got four overnight pads finished and about seven daily pads about to be made right now, so that should be enough for two or three days with a wash in-between. I hear that the average amount of pads people need are around 10-20. My period flow is average and lasts for three-ish days, but it also tends to involve a day or two of spotting before AND after. Would seven to ten daily pads still be good for that, as long as I wash the used pads out?

Also, would an elastic band of some sort be okay for keeping a wingless pad in place? I detest winged pads on disposable pads, because for me they'll inevitably end up losing their stickiness much faster than the main pad, which leads to bunching up and being a general nuisance down there. I'm thinking of sewing a wide elastic (about an inch wide) with a snap onto the backs of my pads so I can just clip them onto my underwear and leave them.

I was looking at buying pads for a while, but they're all colorful or they have nice patterns. And it's fine for people who like them, but why use nice fabric for something you're going to bleed on? So my own pads are just hand-sewn strips of white cotton flannel with a layer or two of terrycloth inside.

I've actually been lurking here for a while, but my questions made me finally decide to join. So, hello to the other community members!
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From:dalyax
Date:August 7th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
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I personally use about 3-4 pads a day so it all depends on how long menstruation lasts and preference of changing often.

The idea of an elastic band instead of a safety pin for wingless pads sounds better :)

One of the main reasons folks use pretty and colorful fabrics is to dramatically hide possible stains. It's also pretty and encouraging to bleed on colorful fabric. Using cloth pads is another way to escape the white and "sterile" concept of disposable pads, so color is often welcomed. Many women love colorful and pretty underwear, should we not because it's something that our lady bits touch and soil?

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From:crossoverqueen
Date:August 7th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
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So ten-ish daily pads does seem good for a three/four day period after all. Thanks for the advice.

And it's not that I think color is bad, but seeing as pads are specifically for being bled on, it just seems a little counterintuitive for me to make them all nice and then worry about staining.

And I would have made my pads out of any solid-colored cotton, it's just that the white just happened to be the cheapest. :P
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From:pebblerocker
Date:August 7th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Patterns do help to hide the staining! Like that lurid carpet with the very 70s swirls at a place I lived at once - you didn't have to be quite so paranoid about spilling a drink on it because it would be hidden in the swirls.
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From:crossoverqueen
Date:August 7th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Ahhhh, that makes a lot more sense now. Thanks for the explanation as well as your stash-size answer below!
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From:dalyax
Date:August 8th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Everyone has their own cleaning method so chances of staining vary between cloth pad users. I simply store all my used pads in a wetbag (or a pillow case) then when menstruation is over, I soak them in a bucket with warm/hot water mixed with oxyclean and some essential oils. It's amazing because after just 1 full day of soaking, the water is pretty clear and the pads are mostly stain free. If there is some minor staining, I soak for another day changing the water (leaving it plain) then applying some baking soda or stain stick remover onto the pad to soak in the water.

Patterns and colors vary in preference to folks, but really and truly it's therapeutic and comforting to bleed on something colorful. So in your current icon, it shows a unicorn, there are some fabric prints with unicorns on them (even ninjas). The addition of color makes menstruation less dreadful and more comfortable. So one could look forward to menstruation by bleeding on a cute pad topped with ninjas or unicorns :)
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From:crossoverqueen
Date:August 11th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
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Huh, so my thoughts of putting my used pads in a closed bag and just soaking them in Tide and water before washing is a solid idea after all.

Thanks for your input!
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From:pebblerocker
Date:August 7th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
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I have about 10 bigger pads and a thick overnight one (I only need it for one night) and then 6-8 thinner liners for beginning and end days, but I need them longer than you do :)