May 9, 2011

Tips and Tricks for Using and Caring for your Mama Cloth!

Mama Cloth can seem inconvenient and if you don't know how they work and what's involved in caring for them then chances are you'll never want to give it a try.  Truth is, it's not inconveient, in fact it's just as convenient only way way way more comfortable and it will save you a ton of money.

First you should know...
Mama Cloth comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and thicknesses.  Just like disposable pads, mama pads can have wings and can be purchased for different ttimes during your cycle, for overnight, postpartum and more.  Try a couple different styles and brands, you might find you prefer one over the other.

Next, you'll need a small wetbag or pouch to store them in. 
Having a nice small mam cloth wetbag or zippered pouch in your purse is essential.  Remember, you'll need to be able to take your used cloth pads home with you and having a small bag you can keep in your purse for your soiled pads is a must have.

Decide on your washing routine.
Just like cloth diapers you won't want to leave your soiled mama pads in the wetbag too long and you also may not want to allow them to dry while they're soiled.

A lot of cloth mama pad users like to keep a container, jar or bowl in their laundry room where they can place their mama pads to soak until laundry day.  Soaking them before washing keeps stains from setting in.  Water is fine for soaking.  If you prefer not to soak them then you could always just do a light rinsing off before storing them until laundry day.

Depending on whether or not you pre-rinsed them or soaked them, you may decide you don't need another pre-rinse before washing.  Some moms wash mama cloth with their cloth diapers and others wash them with their towels, linens, family cloth, etc.

How to dry them?
Cloth Mama pads are very easy to dry and like cloth diapers, you do not used fabric softener with them.  You can hang them to dry or place them in the dryer.  Remember to take them out as soon as they're ready so they don't have any unnecessary wear and tear.

Treating Stains?
Sunning your mama pads is a great way to remove stains.  Spot treating with peroxide can also be done or a little gentle scrubbing with your detergent and a toothbrush.

And so that's the way to care for your mama cloth!  It's not inconvenient at all.  Give it a try, we know you'll love cloth as much as your baby does!