Family Cloth & Diva Cup! Less disgusting than the “norm”!!

Soooo this is going to take the private right out of your privates! Yes, I’m going to go there and expose some intimate stuff that doesn’t get talked about often but should! It’s important and it’s a hugely easy way to get a bit greener for people who care about their health and the health of the planet 🙂 

My family has been using only 100% recycled, unbleached and packaged in recyclable plastic toilet paper for a long time now… but after reading another crunchy mom blog awhile back I decided to take it one step further so that we could cut down drastically in how much toilet paper we buy. Also, being the minimalist that I try to be, I didn’t feel the need to go buy a bunch of fancy “cloths” or containers or anything… I just cut up an old towel, dish cloths, a stained receiving blanket and more recently, I cut up some old bibs and some socks that had holes in them. I have a plastic bag beside both toilets in my house and that’s where the dirty ones go. I thought, initially, that it would end up smelling after a day or two and I’d have to find a more airtight solution, but that has not been the case at all! We only use the cloths for #1s, so maybe that’s part of it, but whatever the reason I am happy to have such an easy set up and I just throw all the dirty cloths in with the laundry when the bags get full. Besides using them for the bathroom, we also use them for diaper changes, face wipes, cleaning and nose blowing. No more need for plastic packaged baby wipes, kleenex or anything else wasteful! We are still only using soap nuts (and loving them) for all of our laundry (with vinegar in the rinse cycle for cloth diapers) and they work great for cleaning everything without having all the toxic crap and perfumes! The fact that I already have to do laundry all the time with a house of 4 and cloth diapering, it makes no difference adding a little bit more to the cycle 🙂 

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Speaking of cycle… If you have never heard of a Diva Cup or a Moon Cup… then this is definitely going to be interesting for you! What it is is a silicone cup that you insert inside yourself (like a tampon) that collects your period until you need to empty it. It’s a fantastic creation that eliminates the constant waste from packaging with pads/tampons, no chemicals going on or in your body, no waste going into the environment, and no worries of getting toxic shock like you would with tampons. I was told about this invention a few years ago when I was in a totally ignorant state of mind and thought it was a disgusting idea… but really, what is more disgusting? Sitting in your own period with a pad… or sticking a chemically laden tampon inside yourself and then having to put it in the garbage or flush it? This is definitely the least disgusting option available 🙂 It’s really not that messy and it’s really comfortable once you figure out how to get it placed properly. I don’t even notice I’m wearing it and you can wear it for up to 12 hours! I sometimes use one of my cloths just sitting in my underwear, it doesn’t fall out or anything lol, and have never had any messes or problems at all. I can also report that after not using pads/tampons for close to a year, I have noticed that my periods are lighter and my symptoms are much less extreme. I feel almost normal most day… I’m sure that the lack of chemicals and hormones and crap in my diet and lifestyle these days is a big help with that as well but I would like to think Diva Cup helped a bit too 🙂 

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I really hope that more people get on board with these sustainable and eco-friendly practices as they are great ways to save money, your health and the health of the planet. NO LOSE SITUATIONS!! 🙂 

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