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Mama Cloth {a Series}: Part 2 – Prep, Laundering, and Storage

This is the second post in my Mama Cloth series.  You can find out why I’m blogging about them here or read the 1st part here.

**Remember, these posts are all about menstruation and being comfortable with the topic and your body – if you’re not interested, please skip this post!

mama cloth laundry

One of the things that scares people away from using cloth menstrual pads is the worry about washing them.  I promise, it’s not hard {or gross} at all!  If you cloth diaper your child, you’ll find that the process is very similar and you’ll probably use some of your cloth diaper accessories with your Mama Cloth too!


I’ve read a couple of different opinions on prepping your cloth pads.  One says treat them like you would your cloth diapers – they need to be washed a few times so they’ll be more absorbent.  I just don’t see this really being the case since you’re not expecting your cloth pads to actually absorb the amount of liquid {or the rate of speed} that urine goes into your baby’s diapers.

I simply washed all of my Mama Cloth once before I used them.


While I’m on my period, I store my pads here…

I’m sure there is an easier way to organize by different types of pads, but this works for me.  The basket sits on the back of my toilet just where I need it.  The other 3 weeks out of the month, the basket goes into our bathroom closet.

For storage after the pad is used, at home…

They go right into my Diaper Bag Wrangler wet bag that I hang from the same hook that my DIY Diaper Sprayer hangs on.

I purchased a Planet Wise MINI Wet/Dry Bag for when I’m in public.  I can fit a couple of clean pads in the dry side and put my used pads in the wet bag part of it.


Now, let’s go into laundry routines.  There are a couple of different ways to wash your Mama Cloth.  Some suggest throwing them in with your cloth diapers {if you cloth diaper} and others suggest throwing them in with your towels.  I do both.

It’s best to wash your used pads every other day, at the longest.  This helps with general cleanliness, I think.  So, put them in whatever load you wish – diapers or towels.  I would suggest washing in Warm/Hot water and just using a regular routine.  Once again, I don’t think you have to worry about build-up or any other concerns like you do with cloth diapers.  I haven’t had any problems at all so far.

If you worry about stains, and light-colored topped Mama Cloth will stain, you can even spray them off with your diaper sprayer.  I don’t worry about this step at all, because unlike Moreaya’s cloth diapers - no one but me will see my cloth pads.

I dry my pads in the dryer since I would have to have a lot of space to lay them out to dry.  It takes very little time for them to dry so that’s not an issue at all.

Did I miss anything?  If you have any other questions or comments about Prepping, Storing, or Laundering Mama Cloth please leave a comment on this post and I’ll address it in Part 3!

In the next post we’ll also cover the Low Down on Cloth Menstrual Pads – just exactly how they’re going {after 3 cycles} and a review of the pads I was sent from It’s a Girl Thing Period!

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  1. Thanks for the post on mama cloth care! I just started using them and I really like them!

  2. I just wanted to say that I've been following your blog for a while now and every time I click on something I discover awesome posts. Thanks for such a great blog!

  3. were can you get theses in FL ?

  4. Becky Fluff says:

    I use mama cloth and I LOVE IT!! But, I have heard that it is best to NOT wash in hot water because, unlike with cloth diapers where iron is not an issue, there is an issue with the reaction of iron with hot water… I can’t remember the exact details, but I know that I have read somewhere to wash in warm/cold water.

  5. Justice Montgomery says:

    I’m really excited to make these! I read that the minky fabrics don’t stain, but I’m not sure about the ‘feel’ of it LOL. I’m also really glad that I can just toss them in with my cloth diaper laundry like we do with our family cloth right now.


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