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“Glad Rags : For The Happiest of Periods”

Remember when we talked about the DivaCup – the reusable menstrual care product? Well, we’re taking a trip to Aunt Flo’s again, this time to dish about Glad Rags, which can work great in conjunction with your Diva Cup, or all by themselves.

What The Heck Are Glad Rags?!

Glad Rags are reusable, washable, adjustable pads and pantyliners that KICK BUTT. These things are cushy soft, all natural, chemical free, come in cute patterns and most importantly… they actually work! In my experience, Glad Rags outperformed the traditional disposable pads every time I used them. (I’d show you some proof, but that would be… gross.)

The blue overnight pad and the pink day pad, with inserts.

Sold individually or in kits, Glad Rags are one of those things where at first you might be hesitant (“Really? Cloth diapers for my period?”) but once you try them, you’ll never go back! My favorite thing about them, apart from that they are waaaay more comfortable than disposable pads, is that you can adjust the absorbency by adding or removing inserts. If you are familiar with cloth diapering, this is just like a pocket diaper. With convenient snaps to hold the pads in place, they don’t bunch up and the inserts don’t fall out, which keeps you feeling happy and the fact that they don’t get tossed into a bin makes the earth happy too!

The snaps that hold the pad to your under-roos.

The only drawback I can see is that they are a bit thicker than a disposable pad, so don’t expect to go out in your skimpiest outfits with these on – though I doubt many women are up for that attire during that time of the month anyway. I did however, test them out in all kinds of “normal clothes” and they all passed the “Hey can you see my pad?” test. Even my skinniest skinny jeans didn’t scream to the world that I was on my period.

If you’ve got questions, Glad Rags has answers. With a pretty thorough FAQ, covering everything from washing instructions to absorbency and cost concerns, their site is sure to calm your nerves and get you ready for the world of reusable pads.

Do GladRags cost more than disposables?

No, they’re actually much cheaper. When compared to the amount of money spent on disposables, it only takes a couple of years to make up the cost of your GladRags. They are made to last 5+ years. Many women tell us they still use the same pads they bought when we started in 1993! Think of this: it would be tremendously expensive (not to mention wasteful!) to continuously re-stock our kitchens with disposable paper plates, so we buy plates that we can use indefinitely. We make an initial investment into something reusable that will last a long time. It’s the same with GladRags.

Something important to note is that if you plan to wear these at work, or on the go, you will need a special bag to carry them in (think a cloth diaper wet bag, but smaller). While they sell them on their site, I reused one I’d already had and it works great – just find one that is waterproof and can be cleaned easily.

Safely tucked into their wet bag for on-the-go use!

If you’ve still got questions, or want to jump in and buy a stash for yourself, check them out on their website, on Facebook and on Twitter!  In fact, if you “like” them on Facebook right now, you can get a coupon code for 15% off your purchase at GladRags.com!

 

 

 

*GladRags was kind enough to provide samples for review, but the opinions above are strictly my own.*

 

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6 COMMENTS

  • Tracy on August 20, 2011

    Thanks for the great review! What’s funny is that I have the same wet bag (and have taken a similar picture) so I got really confused when I saw that! :)

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    • Jess T. on August 20, 2011

      No way! How funny! Great minds think alike, right? ;)

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  • via Facebook on August 20, 2011

    Even more amazing – Glad Rags gave 2 resuable pads to each girl at Omatjete Primary School in Namibia, working alongside the Peace Corps. You rock, GladRags!

    http://empowerwomeninafrica.com/pads-for-girls-in-africa/

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  • Tracy on August 20, 2011

    Yup! We recently started selling Planet Wise bags on GladRags.com, so I got to test them out first :) I keep a small wet bag in my bathroom between the toilet and the wall — they’re great if you use reusable tp, too. I only use reusable toilet paper for #1 ’cause I’m not *quite* ready to go all the way, but old GladRags inserts work great for it :)

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  • Sarah on August 27, 2011

    I’m not sure I am brave enough to go this route but I’m tempted because I am very sensitive to the chemicals in regular pads. I had no idea you could get something like this. Interesting.

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  • Jessica on August 30, 2011

    Not brave enough to try but cool product!

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