eco-minded moontime, part 2: cloth pads

so this month, i chucked my disposable menstrual products in favor of re-usable cloth pads.  (please read my previous eco-minded moontime post for more general info and a broader look at what i’m working on.)  of all the alternatives that i’m trying, this one is the most often maligned.  a quick trip to farcical info boards like yahoo! answers yields a wealth of disdain and disgust at the idea of washing and re-using menstrual pads, but as i indicated in my last moontime post, these feelings are indicative of our cultural problems with menstrual blood.  most of us don’t flinch at the idea changing a diaper, yet this act involves handling feces, something capable of making you quite sick if it manages to weasel its way into your system.  menstrual blood is just that—it’s blood.  and more than that, its your own blood.  it may be messy, but its the outward sign of our ability to reproduce as a species. Read the rest of this entry »

green up your laundry with soap nuts!

i have been gifted with what i consider to be two fairly fun and healthy qualities….i’m a skeptic when it comes to “miracle products,” those things in life that just sound too good to be true, but i’m also willing to try (nearly) anything once, in order to see for myself.  such a little scientist–i know.  well, when i first heard of soap nuts, i thought it sounded, well….. nuts!  but let me back up a bit.

i’ve always on some level detested the smell of fabric softener and really perfume-y laundry detergent.  (ask my husband to describe the face i make when we walk past that aisle in target! if hell had a smell, it would be that of gain) Read the rest of this entry »