Why, I'm so happy you asked! The Spray Pal shield is so amazingly versatile that you really can use it for ANYTHING you want to pre-rinse! But today, we're going to focus our attention on reusable cloth pads. Bear with me as I make this connection for you. ;)
Many moms who get hooked on cloth diapers often dread the day their kids learn to use the potty. This seems odd to those outside of our cloth community, but most fluff loving moms can relate. Gone will be the days of matching outfits to the cute diapers you waited patiently to score on release days. No longer will you be able to show off your child's cute fluff at play dates. What will you talk about at your next family gathering??
I get it, believe me. I do.
But here's the good news! You don't have to stay completely cloth free forever! I'm here to tell you that I was one of these reluctant "crunchy moms" at first. Once you start switching over to the crunchy side, you'll find there's a natural progression. It starts with one or two lifestyle changes. The "Gateway Crunch" I'll call it. Sure, I loved breastfeeding and cloth diapering, but that seemed tame enough. But once you make those changes and realize how EASY they are, you start to wonder, "What was I so afraid of? Maybe I should start looking into xyz." We started looking into our grocery labels more closely. We switched to mostly organic food when possible. We started getting "Farm Fresh to You" boxes delivered. I MADE MY OWN DEODORANT. That was probably the moment my husband looked at me and said, "You've gone full crunchy now, haven't you."
Oh, but I hadn't. Not yet, anyways. Once I hit full crunchy in his eyes I felt I just HAD to find a way to take it one step further. And I did. And THIS change was literally the one that has been the easiest to stick with (aside from cloth diapers) and it's the one that has been the most immediate positive change for me. I ditched tampons and pads for a menstrual cup and cloth pads. Seriously. If you had asked me 5 years ago if I'd ever even consider using these things I probably would have crazy-laughed at you and asked you to leave my house. I was AFRAID. I thought it would hurt. I though cloth pads were SO GROSS. The thought of the whole thing was ridiculous! I could NEVER!!
Until I did. And now I know for a fact I will never do it any other way again. My only regret is that I didn't start sooner. It especially makes a whole lot of sense if you're already using cloth diapers. I pre-rinse my cloth pads using my diaper sprayer with the pad clipped into our Spray Pal shield. Then I drop it into the laundry bag. It could not be any easier. And the comfort!! Ladies, it's been years since I've worn one, but I'll never forget the uncomfortableness of a disposable pad. That's one of those memories that will never fade because it's just that awful. If that's a level 2 on a comfort scale of 1-10, then cloth pads are an 11. I'm not kidding. Have you ever bough a brand new cloth diaper and just nuzzled your face in it when you opened it because you can't get over how soft it is? Maybe you've uttered the words, "This thing is so soft, I wish they made these in adult sizes because I'd TOTALLY wear one!" You have? In that case I have two words for you: cloth pads. Seriously. Get some.
(PS - The Pink Lemonade cloth pads will launch on the Spray Pal website later today, July 2nd, with free shipping on orders over $25. Stay tuned on our Facebook page and keep those notifications turned on because we'll announce their release there first!)
If you're still on the fence, here's a chance for you to win EVERYTHING you'll need to #pamperyourperiod and get going with reusable menstrual products. Since Spray Pal is now carrying Pink Lemonade cloth pads, we've teamed up with them, Intimina, and Maxwell Designs for this great giveaway! Co-hosted by the ladies at Put a Cup in it, which is a great resource if you're looking into switching to a cup. You'll never look back once you do! Let us know if you make the switch, and good luck to all who enter!
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