Yes, I'm talking about the pads stuffed in the back of your drawer! Lately I've been brainstorming ways in which they could be reused, as most breastfeeding pads are made with quality, non-toxic material (i.e. bamboo, organic cotton, hemp). Such material is fantastic for sensitive areas on the body, as the gentle fibers are non-abrasive and even antibacterial, like bamboo fiber. Natural fibers also have a resistance to mold and mildew! Nature really has it going on. Now of course, breastfeeding pads may be given away or recycled, but why not make their monetary value stretch with reuse? Here are three ways in which you can reuse your breastfeeding pads:
1. DIY Facial Toner pads
Since the fibers are naturally absorbent and antibacterial, the pads can be incorporated into a facial toner. I've been experimenting with different recipes lately and my favorite is the Hibiscus Facial Toner. Head over to Pranamama.tv for the recipe and instructional video! Hibiscus is a rich in vitamin C and AHA, providing anti-aging properties and gentle on sensitive skin.
2. Cloth Wipes
Shoutout to cloth diapering mama's! I love cloth diapering so much, I took it a step further and made cloth wipes for baby as well. Not only does it lessen the environmental damage of diapers, it's also great for baby's bum too! Dampen the breastfeeding pads and place in a wipe warmer. To be used as a moisturizing wipe, add a few teaspoons of your favorite carrier oil to each pad before placing in a wipe warmer.
3. Make-up Applicator / Remover
I have to admit this wasn't my original idea...thank you DH! Due to the high absorbency of the natural fibers, breastfeeding pads make a fantastic makeup remover or applicator. To apply makeup, simply dab the cloth onto the makeup and apply until you achieve your desired look. To remove makeup, soak the cloth with warm water, add a few drops of oil to it, and wipe off makeup.
In what ways have you reused your breastfeeding pads? Share below!