Eco-Clean Laundry Ball – A Better Way to Clean Cloth Pads

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to wrap up this year with a nice, eco-friendly post. As someone who has spent a lot of time promoting disposable feminine hygiene products, in 2012, I hope to be able to provide more information on menstrual cups, cloth pads and the likes to my readers. To start, I would like to re-post an entry written by Be Prepared Period. I felt this post was particularly worth posting because I had just finished some discussions with my girls about converting to cloth pads and one of their greatest concern was cleaning of used pads. To many, the idea of cleaning cloth pads might be a bit icky, especially if you’re accustomed to being able to wrap/roll & toss.

After seeing this post, I spread the information to my girls, telling them that they have a new method of cleaning their cloth pads with minimal effort on their part. I know that looking at your own menstrual flow, especially all spread over a cloth pad might not be a beautiful sight (though I stand by the fact that menstrual flow is a beautiful part of the female body), the Eco-Clean Laundry Ball serves as a great tool to cleaning cloth pads AND the rest of your laundry!

Suffice to say, with most organic and environmentally friendly solutions, the initial costs tend to be higher than conventional products. For instance, organic menstrual hygiene products, including reusable and disposable products, all tend to cost more than your everyday disposables. However, in time, not only do most people save money, but more importantly ensure good health for their body. I’m sure almost all of us would agree that our health is of utmost importance and by using organic products, you are one step closer in making healthier options for yourself and your loved-ones.

I hope you will enjoy this post as much as I have and thank you to http://bepreparedperiod.com for their permission for me to re-post this article which they have written. For the purpose of this post, the contest information has been removed to not interfere with their rules & regulations and the fact the contest is already expired.

A Better Way to Clean Cloth Pads

Finding healthier products for one’s body and the environment is a growing trend. As more and more people better understand the effects that many traditional products have on their health and the environment better options are being sought after.

One specific type of product that has been increasingly popular is cloth menstrual pads, such as Lunapads. Lunapads and products alike are a great reusable menstrual option that allows women to save money (after the initial investment), be eco-friendly, all while choosing a healthy alternative to disposable pads and tampons.

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Choosing this reusable option (or considering the change) leaves many with questions like, “How do I go about cleaning reusable cloth pads?” We realize this can be a big change for those making the switch from disposable feminine hygiene products.

While we are not familiar with every brand of cloth pads, we can tell you that Lunapads can be washed by hand or machine in any temperature with regular detergent and can be air or machine dried. That said, we have a question for you. Picture this…you are excited to try out your cute, new, organic cloth pads, you’ve gone through your cycle and it is now time to wash them. You put them in the wash and now what do you do? Do you add a chemical detergent? Doesn’t that seem wrong? You’ve spent the extra money to put a healthier, organic fiber next to your skin and now you are going to wash them with what?? Detergent? Did you know that this once organic cloth pad will absorb the detergent and hold it next to your skin? If only there was a better option… (an option you AND your septic could LOVE)

Here’s the exciting news…there is one!!! About 9 months ago we were lucky enough to meet Jean Cox with H2O at Home, a company that continues to think outside the box creating environmentally friendly and chemical-free products. Their vision is to introduce their unique products and to spread the idea that YOU can preserve the environment WITHOUT making compromises to your household. While we could go on and on about the many awesome products they offer, we plan to share with you one (okay..maybe 2 or 3) special products that can help you with your laundry.Laundry Ball and Net

The first product, the Eco-Clean Laundry Ball, was what first attracted us to H2O at Home. This nifty little ball allows you to wash your personal items and clothes with little or no laundry soap. That’s right! This laundry ball allows you to wash your personal items with LITTLE OR NO LAUNDRY SOAP!!! Knowing how many skeptics are out there, it’s hard to imagine using little or NO soap, but we are here to tell you, “It works GREAT with no soap!” We’ve been using it for about 6 months and absolutely LOVE it!

Many ask, “How on earth can my laundry get clean with NO SOAP!?!?” The simple but maybe not so simple answer is, it works by increasing the pH level of the water to that of classic detergents. Inside the Laundry Ball, friction from ceramic pearls reinforce the cleansing properties of water, softens fabrics, protects against oxidation, eliminates mold and germs and preserves colors. It really is pretty amazing! Many moms that have children in cloth diapers are turning to this option of cleaning as they become aware of the dangers of using laundry soap. Now think, if this ball can clean poopy/soiled diapers, imagine how well it will work on your cloth pads or other laundered items! With no chemicals, this product is perfect for those with allergies or sensitivities.

Netepur SoapAs mentioned above, the Eco-Clean Laundry Ball is not the only wonderful product out there by H2O at Home. Another question or challenge you may have is, “How do I remove stains, is there a more natural option for that too?” And the answer is yes; there are actually a couple options. H2O at Home also offers a product called, Netepur Soap. This natural textile soap is perfect for pre-treating stubborn stains. In addition to blood, Netepur Soap will remove grease, grass, food and even red wine. Plus it is 100% biodegradable! And speaking of biodegradable, Ruby’s Red Wash is another wonderful option. It was specifically designed for menstrual stains, and is made from live bacterial cultures.

And if it wasn’t great enough that H2O at Home has these terrific alternatives to cleaning without chemicals they also have a personal line of products including a Feminine Wash (Many women do not think of using a separate soap for this, nor do they understand you are not supposed to use regular soap in this area). H2O at Home’s Feminine Wash is an extremely gentle cleanser that balances and protects your most sensitive areas. It is made of an intricate blend of organic geranium, calendula, cornflower, and aloe that calms and soothes skin irritations. It is also pH balanced making it safe for daily use, and is ECOCERT and COSMEBIO certified.

So what do you think? Are you as excited about these cleaning alternatives as we are? Do you have questions? Let us know your thoughts! Please feel free to comment below.

(Just an FYI, as you may be wondering…this post is not a paid post. Our intentions are only to share with you healthier and eco-friendly alternatives based on our own personal reviews.)

For more information on the Eco-Clean Laundry Ball, “Click Here” or for information on more products by H2O at Home visit Jean’s website. You can also check out her holiday specials “here.”

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Posted on December 31, 2011, in Guest Blogs, Periodtastic, Thumbs Up Reads and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Obviously everyone else must be using some magic eco balls that I’m not aware of, even in normal (not at all soiled) washing these are totally useless, when put in with soiled pads the results are just disgusting. After trying various types of eco friendly washing (washing at 30-40 degrees, in uk so options are more limited, but still…) none seem to work even on normal washing, so this is one area where I’m not especially eco friendly.

    • Hi Jay,

      Just like with any product, there are bound to be successes and failures. Also, different factors all contribute to whether the product works for us, like the type of machine, water temperatures, machine features, type of laundry, etc. I haven’t put this product into test before, but I really enjoy the concept of it. Furthermore, it’s especially important that those who use cloth pads wash their pads without chemicals, since that would otherwise defeat the point of ensuring cloth pads are healthy and sensitive to the body.

      I don’t think the world and the population can ever be fully eco-friendly, but with each step we are taking is helping preserve the world just a tiny bit. If even you can’t be eco-friendly when it comes to washes, doing things like reducing trash output, recycling and reusing can all help in their own ways! Even I know I could be more eco-friendly myself and because I recognize I never be “fully” eco-friendly, I do the best I can without regret and encourage people not to feel GUILTY even if they can’t fulfill every eco-friendly option.

      I hope you will find a product and combination that works for you in the future.

      • hay hello John here Periods are so darn sexy at lest with my girlfriend they are could some one please find out how to extend a. period and it stell be health I feel it makes grate pellow talk also hopefuly I am not the only guy that finds periods sexy on a skell of 1 to 1 million .for me it would be a million why because thats when a girl blossoms into a women.

  2. i don’t quite agree that “it’s especially important that those who use cloth pads wash their pads without chemicals, since that would otherwise defeat the point of ensuring cloth pads are healthy and sensitive to the body.” that might be true for some and i might agree with you in theory that washing cloth pads in detergent isn’t the most eco-friendly option, but i just throw mine in with towels or dark loads, therefore not using any more water or detergent than before. washing with detergent doesn’t defeat the purpose for me since using cloth pads makes me more comfortable…no more rash from hot, sweaty, non-breathable disposables.

    • John Paul Sundeen

      Hi nice to see new comments do you find periods sexy to I came up with over ten deffrenft nick names for periods wana here know them?

    • Hi C, my statement was more towards the idea that the chemicals in most detergents would not be a good for absorption into the materials of the cloth pads and that the eco-friendly statement isn’t applicable to the washing of the cloth pad itself. Definitely many users of cloth pads throwing them in with their regular wash and thus, don’t spend any additional cost on cleaning it as opposed to spending money on disposable products. I believe that if the intention of using cloth pads to provide the vagina/crotch area with a comfortable menstruating environment, that washing the cloth pads with abrasive or chemically-filled detergent would be counterproductive to being sensitive to that area.

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