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Pink Lemonade Shop Cloth Liners Review

When you cloth diaper your baby, I think it’s natural to reassess your use of disposable products in other areas of your life. A common next step for a lot of mamas is reusable menstrual products – like a menstrual cup or cloth pads (also known as mama cloth, but of course you don’t need to be a mother to use cloth). Just like with cloth diapers, cloth pads are a greater investment up front, but they save money in the long-term. Switching to reusable pads also reduces the amount of waste being dumped in landfills and reduces your exposure to super-absorbent acrylic polymers (SAPs), dioxin, and plastics. That’s a win – win – win!

I was recently approached by Pink Lemonade Shop and asked to give their pads a try. Sue is the WAHM behind Pink Lemonade. She makes pads in organic bamboo velour (OBV), minky, and raw silk. I normally use a cup with cloth liners for backup and for the last day when a cup isn’t necessary, so I asked to try out pantyliners in all three fabrics. I received  three hand dyed 7.5″ bamboo velour pantyliners, one tie dye 7.5″ minky pantyliner, and one 7.5″ raw silk pantyliner for review.

Review of Pink Lemonade Shop pantyliners

Let me start by saying I’m crazy for these gorgeous organic bamboo velour (OBV) colourways. Why shouldn’t they be pretty as well as functional? OBV is sustainable, hypoallergenic, breathable, and absorbent. The fabric is all hand dyed so none are the same, and the soft, natural fabric is super comfortable to wear.

Review of Pink Lemonade Shop pantyliners

Bamboo Velour Pantyliners in Naiad, Rock Star, and Berries

Then I tried the minky pad which was even softer! Minky wicks moisture away from the surface down to the middle of the pad plus it’s very stain resistant, but it is 100% polyester. Some mamas may prefer natural fibers instead.

Review of Pink Lemonade Shop pantyliners

Fuchsia Tie Dye Minky & Raw Silk Pantyliners

I also tried the raw silk pantyliner. Raw silk is not soft and smooth like the silk you normally think of because it’s still coated in sericin, an antimicrobial and antifungal protein secreted by silkworms. It has more of a linen-like look and feel. But that sericin is why raw silk is recommended for women with frequent yeast infections. I did have an issue with colour transfer from the purple fleece backing into the top silk layer the first time I washed it. I threw the pad back in the wash a couple of times and that seemed to get most of the colour out.

Each pantyliner has tab style wings that wrap around and snap shut. The bottom layer of these pantyliners is water resistant fleece. Not only does the fleece keep underwear dry while still being breathable, but it stops the liners from shifting. The biggest issue I’ve had with other liners is wrinkling and shifting, which then of course can lead to leaking, but these liners stayed exactly where I put them. Hallelujah!

Review of Pink Lemonade Shop pantyliners

Washing was simple. Just machine wash and tumble dry. Sue recommends doing a quick cold water rinse after use, then just wash and dry with your regular laundry as usual. Fabrics are all preshrunk, so you don’t need to worry about shrinking or distorting in the dryer. Care is actually quite straightforward, and I didn’t get any stains, but if you are concerned about that then think about getting minky as it’s considered the most stain-resistant.

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Each pantyliner retails for $6.25. Visit Pink Lemonade Shop to browse all the available liners, pads, sets, and even nursing pads. Custom orders are welcome!

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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.

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  • I’ve been considering using cloth myself…just not sure I’m ready to give it a go just yet…

    Always hearing great stuff about Pink Lemonade shop!

  • Not sure about this….Kinda seems as bad as using cloths and rags as toilet paper and just washing them and reusing them….(extreme couponing) lol……eewww

    • Lol, I wasn’t sure either about this either until I started cloth diapering. And then it started making more sense. Because if I reuse and wash those for the environment and my baby’s health, why wouldn’t I do the same for me? It’s a process for sure. 🙂

  • I have been using cloth panty liners for a few months now and love it. I’m really looking into transitioning all the way and will be definitely be giving PLS a try. The fleece backing is a major plus, I have some with PUL backing and they do slip at times.

  • I didn’t realize that there were so many options for materials. Raw silk? Minky? I prefer using cotton, but I would give anything a try. The bamboo velour ones look really soft.

  • I did that exact progression. Had babies, switched to cloth diapers. Started having problems with disposable female products and switched to cloth. When I got pregnant with my third I ordered some large minky pads for postpartum bleeding and I LOVE THEM. I will definitely be ordering more when my cycle returns.

  • I keep meaning to bite the bullet on cloth. It is scary! I have heard so many great things about PLS and I am glad you covered all the different kinds they have your review!

  • I thought I knew all the possible fibers for Mama Cloth…. but I never knew raw silk was an option! It sounds luxurious… yet functional! Between bamboo velour, minky and raw silk, which top fabric did you find kept you feeling most dry?

  • I don’t understand some of the reactions to mama cloth (ew? really? why?) I guess people don’t believe that soap and water gets things clean any more. I blame big corporations (and people who are sheep). They seem to be putting more and more money into convincing people that nothing is clean unless it is sterilized (Spray bleach cleaner all over your house?, spray your couch and other cushions with this antibacterial spray so your kids won’t get sick? etc etc)

    I love the idea of mama cloth, personally. I came to CD late in the game (6th baby), but am using cloth for my 7th baby due in Nov. I also want to get some cloth for me, I appreciate candid and factual reviews such a this one to help me make quality purchases.

    That said, your review did not help me narrow my choices! I still want them all! 🙂 I do know that I will be ordering from PLS, though. 🙂

  • I have always shied away from these products. I had found them inconvenient and gross. Who wants to carry around a pad soaked in blood when you can just toss it in the garbage? Why wear something thick and bulky when the disposables are so thin and you can barely feel them. But having reacted to many disposable pads this might be my saving grace so I am going to dive in and give it a try.

  • I am entering a new phase with my family. My oldest, cloth diapered 11 yrs ago, now needs pads. For the same reasons, I want to choose natural, chemical-free products for her. It’ll force me to take the plunge for myself as well.

  • I switched to a moon cup two years ago I have a few homemade pads and have so had it on the back burner to make more now I am pregnant and don’t need any for a couple months but as soon as baby gets here I will need a very large stash and I wont be able to use my cup. I keep telling myself I am going to make them but it isn’t happening

  • I’ve thought about it…but my mind has always just gone “ew thats gross”. but really…its about as “gross” as washing cloth diapers which I completely plan on doing when baby comes out in a few weeks. But I have thought about it before…and would definitely give it a try.

  • I started out with cloth diapers and then, do to having my son, developed a allergy to disposables. I love the idea of raw silk. I’ve tried minky and cotton/flannel but not silk. If I win I’ll have to give it a go. I love my pads.

  • I love wearing cloth pads. Actually made some of my own, but am always trying several others. There are so many terrific materials out there (I’ve been using what I have on hand at home = recycle)

  • I’ve been curious to try cloth for a while now, and I’m researching different brands. I keep hearing about Pink Lemonade Shop, all good things! Maybe I will have to go ahead and splurge on them! Thanks for the review- I’m wasn’t sure of the differences between fabrics in terms of real use. Thanks for talking about each one!

  • I’ve been considering going cloth because I use cups and sometimes have a little leakage and I feel like I’m wasting my money buying the plastic kinds. I think I might have to give them a try now since you gave some good advice about the cleaning process.

  • Just started cloth diapering my new baby and became interested in mama cloth by extension. Very interested to start building my stash and try it out.

  • I have a couple pads from Tree Hugger and I haven’t been able to use them yet. But I am very excited to.
    is that weird? lol
    I like the tye dye. But I am not a huge fan of minky diapers. But I think this mink would be different since I am using it on myself and not the baby. Could I was my cloth pads with my cloth diapers?
    Thank you for the review and the giveaway.

  • Raw silk? That totally interests me. I’ve heard of mom cloth but I thought it was all just flannel and anything minky would just be soft but never heard of raw silk. I think these are a great idea and while prints don’t matter those are pretty cute. I thought the purple on the raw silk bleeding was kind of a bummer because I don’t personally separate all my laundry like I guess I should but then again I’d probably make sure to wash mama cloth with a towel or something separate.

  • I agree with the hesitation on washing and reusing, but you seem pretty pleased with the results! I am guessing these wouldn’t hold up to postpartum use as well since they are more of a panty liner? The styles and colors are really cute 🙂

  • I have off and on thought about using cloth pads but been hesitant to try. One is the initial cost and two would be cleaning. However, we are having our first baby and I am going to do CD. Maybe cloth pads will not seem so strange after a few loads of diapers.

  • I love Pink Lemonade pads, but not their minky. I find the mink pads to be too hot. Thankfully Sue also makes cotton pads and that’s what I buy. She’s even made custom ones from fabric I’ve found on fabric.com.

  • I’ve been wanting to switch to cloth and I have a lot of items im interested in getting but cant afford right now, im still interested in trying out cloth pads but im just going to keep saving for now untell I can afford the switch. My hopes in switching to cloth pads is to help the planet and maybe change some other peoples minds to make the switch as well 🙂

  • I honestly don’t know why I haven’t tried these yet. I use a panty liner everyday for health reasons and this would save us so much money! I really appreciate the review. It makes them seem a lot more user friendly.

  • Not until I started doing research on cloth diapers, did I even know that cloth liners existed!! It was a little odd at first but then it made sense to me. I like that you don’t have to worry about them shrinking, they stay in place, and that they are natural fibers. They seem very soft!

  • I have been considering cloth for some time, but have yet to try it. I am a little nervous that it won’t be absorbent enough for those heavy flow days. When my period returns though I plan to give it a try, provided it is before I return to work.

  • I gave them a try 2 years ago and I was hooked! 4h on Cloth and you won’t get back :-)!!
    Normally the heavy Cloth pads are more absorbent then the heavy/overnight always – never had any leaking – so give them a try!!