Ready to give up disposable paper tampons, but not ready to give up their convenience and to switch to cloth pads?
For an inexpensive but controversial solution, here's a Frugal Mom Tip for you!
Buy 6 pair (or more) of cotton-rich white or organic baby socks.
Wash (and dry) three times with a natural, mild soap - rinsing well.
At your next period, simply roll up one baby sock into a tight roll, and insert as you would a paper tampon.
If you need more absorbency, use two baby socks rolled up.
Replace it with the next baby sock as needed. Rinse the used one out well, and store dry until washday.
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Note from labyrinth.net.au: Are they safe though? The main contributing factor for TSS seems to be the rayon fibres in regular tampons (basically the bacteria multiplies readily on the rayon fibres and can cause TSS).
All-cotton tampons have not be found to breed bacteria like rayon does. So it would seem that if an all-cotton disposable tampon is safer for you than a rayon one, then an all-cotton reusable tampon might be safer for you than a rayon disposable one.
Regular disposable tampons are not sterile (just because they are white, wrapped in plastic and look sterile doesn't mean they are). Other things that go into vaginas also aren't sterile (penises, vibrators, fingers etc.)
You could boil or soak the tampons in a sterilizing solution if you wanted to.
Patterns and instructions for knit/crochet tampons:
• Different type of crocheted tampon
• Ladies Eco-Flow Busters
• Mama cloth...reusable tampons
If this is all too much for you, consider the Diva Cup, Moon Cup, The Keeper or Natural Sea Silk Sponges - great alternatives to disposable tampons.
These menstrual cups collect the flow rather than absorbing it, so your vaginal tissues aren't dried out as they can be by disposable tampons.
These menstrual cups can last up to ten years.
• Ecoland Organic Cotton Newborn Socks
• 100% Organic Cotton White Turn Cuff Sock
• Carhartt Baby-boys Newborn 3-Pair Pack Crew Socks
• Diva Cup Diva Cup #1 Pre Childbirth
• Diva Cup Diva Cup #2 Post Childbirth
• GladRags The Moon Cup
• The Keeper A (After Childbirth), From GladRags
• The Keeper B (Before Childbirth), From GladRags
• Natural Sea Silk Sponges
• Frugal Baby Tips can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!
More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
• Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
• Frugal Freebies: Keep up with the latest free stuff, deals, coupons, and other ways to save money!
More Pregnancy blogs to visit:
• Life Begins... - Pregnancy stories of loss, hope and help
• Pregnancy Stories by Age - Daily blog of hope and inspiration!
• You Can Get Pregnant in Your 40's - Sharing articles, discussing options and suggestions
• Stories of Pregnancy and Birth over 44 - sharing news stories I find online, for inspiration!