Paper or Plastic? (For Mom’s Eyes Only)

September 18, 2010 at 4:47 PM 10 comments

How about cloth? You use cloth diapers for your babies to avoid all of those harsh chemicals touching their skin, so why not use cloth for yourself? I’m working on some great patterns!

  • Customizable for absorbency AND favorite sleep position
  • Super Soft (Flannel & Fleece – Flannel Absorbs and Fleece provides a breathable barrier)
  • Ultra-Comfortable (You’ll hardly know you’re wearing them.)
  • Less Expensive: One Time Cost
  • Better for the environment
  • (Can be) Hand Made using a *PATENTED* Design in a smoke-free environment
  • Unquestionably and Indisputably Better for YOU!

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You can also feel GREAT about these because there’s…

  • NO Formaldehyde (very potent neurotoxin) Used for water-proofing.
  • NO Fluorescent Bleaching (chemicals known to be toxic to aquatic life and cause mutations in bacteria) Used to whiten the materials for implied cleanliness.
  • NO Toxic Dioxin (extremely dangerous, linked to cancer, diabetes, endometriosis, infection, infertility, skin disorders, birth defects…) A byproduct of bleaching.
  • NO Tributyl-tin [TBT] (Toxic chemical absorbed through the skin & stored forever in kidneys, liver, fat, and lung tissue; damages immune system, CNS, causes pituitary tumors…) A “biocide” used for killing or preventing the growth of bacteria.
  • NO Sodium Polyacrylate Gel (carcinogenic/cancer causing, reproductive and developmental toxicity, TSS…) Used for absorbency – this is what tricks us into thinking we don’t need to change yet, no matter how unhealthy it really is to wait.
  • NO Plastic or paper (not even PUL!) to encourage bacterial growth and odor by restricting air flow. (Used to stop/contain leaks.)

So, what do you think?

        UPDATE:  Here’s a look at the printable pattern for post-partum mommas.   Instructions soon to follow!  Modesty Matters PP Momma Pad

        UPDATE #2 [21 NOV 2010]: Follow this link for the instructions (finally!).

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  • 1. Lisa  |  September 19, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Well I like avoiding all the carcinogens but the washing seems a bit daunting…and can it really absorb as well without causing embarassment?

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    • 2. modestmomma  |  September 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM

      I have been using these since winter, and I have a very heavy flow. I have never leaked – even at night. I’ve also noticed a sharp decline in the number of UTI’s that I get, and believe there is a direct relation. There is no embarrassing odor like with store-bought. Did you know that menstrual blood doesn’t even have an odor? The odor comes from trapped bacteria and lack of breathability.

      In short, no. There will be no embarrassing leaks or odors. Just change them each time you go to the bathroom. If you’ll be out somewhere, you can just toss them in a “wetbag” or a satchel created with this purpose in mind.

      Caring for them is simple!

      1. Pre-Wash before first use.

      2. Keep a small bucket or pail in your bathroom with a lid. Fill it half full with water, and add a small amount of powdered detergent or baking soda. (I use Borax)

      3. Separate pads from soakers and drop them in the bucket after use. (I rinse them in the sink first, but it is not necessary.)

      4. At the end of the day, or every other day, throw them all in the wash. If this is all you’re washing, you may want to add in a bath towel or two to help with agitation and to speed up the drying process.

      5. Use the pre-wash setting first with some baking soda, and then wash as normal. WASH COLD/NO BLEACH/NO FABRIC SOFTENER. (Bleaching = Chemicals, and Fabric Softener = Emollient Build Up & Water Proofing)

      6. Hang to dry, or dry in the machine. (Tip: Use the sun to help remove stains. Also, white vinegar works great as a natural stain remover AND fabric softener.)

      Make sure they are completely dry before storing them away for next month. When cared for properly, they should last several years before needing to be replaced.

      Cloth is awesome!

      Reply
  • 3. Humidity Temperature :  |  October 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    i very much prefer bath towels that are made of cotton or polyester, they are very soft and easy to dry;~;

    Reply
    • 4. Dena  |  October 30, 2010 at 2:08 AM

      Do you have a pattern for these pads available? I’d really like to make some before my next baby arrives in 5 weeks.

      Reply
  • 5. modestmomma  |  October 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Pattern Preview Posted (for Post-Partum) at the Bottom of the Article

    Reply
    • 6. Dena  |  November 13, 2010 at 12:39 AM

      Thank you for the pattern.

      Reply
  • 7. Kitchen Towels  |  January 25, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    `’, I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information ;,;

    Reply
  • 8. DIY Wet Bag « Modesty Matters' Blog  |  December 7, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    […] you are into cloth diapers and/or cloth momma pads for the sole purpose of being more green, or simply more healthy, then this wet bag is for you! […]

    Reply
  • 9. 2012 graduate  |  May 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I am going to be moving into a college dorm, this fall, and was wondering I would take care of these?

    Reply
    • 10. modestmomma  |  June 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      College dorms can be pretty tricky. You’ll have to do your best to be discreet. For starters, I would definitely make/use a wet bag like this one: http://wp.me/pYcKQ-mj; and a matching purse-size one as well. Pro-Barrier fabric is great for this application. Assuming there is not much privacy, you’ll also want a bucket with a lid – like a 5-gal paint bucket with a gamma seal lid (air tight). Rinse used pads immediately until the water runs clear. Then, drop them in the bucket and close the lid until the end of the day (or whenever you decide to do laundry). Be sure to use baking soda in your bucket/soak during “that time” just in case. Wash these daily.

      Reply

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