We all know the mantra. Disposable is bad, reusable is better. And, while we’ve been good stewards of the earth (not to mention our wallets) and bought our Nalgene water bottles and cloth diapers, I’ve got one specific topic to discuss here.
This one is for the ladies. And maybe a few enlightened men.
Consciously Frugal recently posted about reusable menstrual pads, among other things, as an option for those wonderful few days a month when Aunt Flo visits.
Confession time. It’s been years since tampons or pads have been part of our household budget. I have a particular aversion for paying for things with the intent to throw them away (obvious exception being toilet paper, but hey, that day may be coming). Long ago, when I stumbled over this article at Hillbilly Housewife, it was an exciting moment! I was hooked!
Confession time. While I own a very nice sewing machine, we’re not very compatible. I can throw off a set of curtains or sew a draft-catcher. Things more complicated allude me.
We did, however, have a surplus of old(er), not-quite-as-nice bath towels.
So I cut them into 8x8ish inch squares. Washed them a few times to get the errant threads out. Fold them into thirds and viola! Reusable sanitary pads! Wash with the rest of your whites!
One thing I especially love about them is that they’re longer and more absorbent then even the overnight pads. I sleep better at night, not worrying about the errant leak on my sheets.
So what do you think? Does this make you squeamish? How far would you go to save a dollar?
And is reusable toilet paper too far?