Rhiannon wrote:How are cloth pads? I've never even known where they could be purchased, but I think they might be better for me.
Cloth pads = the best thing ever! You can try to make your own (patterns abound on the 'net), but here are some sites.
(Sorry, James, I gotta do a bit of promo for my fellow ladies!)Sckoon
is leading as my favourite pad company. SUPER SOFT organic cotton + a gazillion patterns (yes, they must match my underwear) and a very clever design. Lunapads
is my second favourite source, especially since they're a hometown, women-run business. Very soft fleecy pads and good designs, but unfortunately their organic cotton pads are boring. Gladrags
is super soft and quite popular on the West Coast US, but I don't like them because the liner is inserted inside the pad (like a letter into an envelope), which means you have to change the whole pad instead of just the liner. They have a good selection of coloured organic pads, though, and have a lot of other information and products on their page.
For the Aussies: Pleasurepuss
has some really cute fabric, though I think they're "all-in-one" (i.e. you can't change the liner). Their carry purse is way cute, though.
Another Canadian site: Goddess Moons
also makes a pad that has the liner on top. I haven't used them personally, but I know someone who does, and she loves them (this was a grad student that I crashed with at a conference, and I only found out that she was a cloth pad user because one of her pads got folded between my sheets in the laundry). I don't think they have organic cotton but the fabric designs are all beautiful.
Or just check your local health food place!
And anyway, I was always taught to just use hot water - soak and rinse. That's usually worked unless the stain's already set in, in which case good old Oxy-Clean does the trick.
Unfortunately, hot water cooks blood and it'll be impossible to remove it.
But Oxy-clean! That's what I was thinking about! Thanks!