I had a bit of a disaster this month. Someone … *glares at husband* … put one of those blue checked disposable cloths in the bucket with all the used cloth wipes. Of course it disintegrated into a gazillion microscopic particles in the washing machine. Oh my good gawd. It was EVERYWHERE. I had to shake every item vigorously after getting it out of the machine. Then I had to hoover because the floor was covered too. All from ONE J-cloth! Consequently the fleece backing on several pads was very bobbly…
I wrapped some Sellotape around my hand, sticky side facing out and patted it all over the fleece. It made quite a big difference and picked off a fair amount of fuzz.
I’m not sure that this next photo shows up the end result very well but it is a big improvement.
I also had real problems this month with staining this month. I’ve heard anecdotally that blue fabrics are more prone to staining and I did wear a lot of blue this time around.
I’ve blogged about my wash routine before in my Lazy Guide to Caring for Cloth. This time I added in an extra rinse before my main wash but the two pale blue pads in particular have still come out badly.
It’s not the fault of the pads themselves. It’s been miserable weather this week. Not only was it out of the question to hang them outside, there wasn’t even a speck of sunshine to help them. I dried them in front of the window to give them some natural light but to no avail.
Staining doesn’t bother a lot of people. After all, it’s only really the wearer who has to see it. But it irritates me if I can’t get the stain out. So I’m hoping it’ll fade out gradually over the months, after a few more wears and washes.
Anyway, here are the pads I wore this month:
Top row (left to right):
Environmenstrual, 12″ heavy/night, hand-dyed cotton sherpa top fabric (cotton backing shown in photo)
Daisy Rock Designs, 12.5″ night, cotton
Lady Days, 14″ heavy/night, hand-dyed cotton
Pretty Eco Intimates, 13″ night, cotton
Homestead Emporium, 14.75″ UltiMax Slim, hand-dyed bamboo fleece
Middle row (l-r):
County Cloth Creations, 11.5″ moderate, cotton
Earthshine Luxe, 12″ Full Moon heavy, cotton with bamboo velour central panel
Earthshine Luxe, 12.5″ Full Moon moderate/heavy, cotton jersey with a cotton terry central panel
Tenderoni Collection, 12″ regular, cotton
Cotton Candy Eco Cloth, 11.5″ moderate, organic cotton
Bottom row (l-r):
Beau Bespoke, 10.5″ heavy, cotton
Dimplemuff, 12″ slim liner, cotton
Lady Days, 11″ regular, cotton
Mama Kloth, 12″ heavy, batik cotton
I’ll be reviewing the Earthshine Luxe pads very soon and I might have a giveaway for you too! Make sure you don’t miss it by subscribing to my blog by entering your email address into the box over on the right-hand sidebar.