Which is better? Disposable sanitary napkin or cloth pad?
If you search in Google about cloth pad, many will say "once you try it, you'll never look back"; "they don't smell"; "they easy to care"; "they're softer than disposables"; "they'll save your money" etc.
This is my opinion on menstrual cloth pad and I'm not gonna lie:
Comfort: I don't have allergic reaction wearing any disposables, for me the pads and the disposable are the same when it comes to comfort.
Price: The pads aren't cheap..my collection worth more than IDR 1 million and it's not enough for the whole cycle! Probably it's a long-term investment, but for Indonesian standard, it's cheaper to buy Kot*x or Ch*rm than spending IDR 150,000 for one pad.
Smell: while it's true that the pads has less smell than the disposable, but it has smell. Come on, it's a bloody pad! Blood has smell, right?
Easy to care: No they're not easy to wash. Probably I haven't found the right pad, but it takes some effort to clean them. Heaviest day is the hardest part, the bloody water...Sometimes I feel my bathroom is a murder scene!!!
It's not easy to act green :)
To be honest, in my heaviest day, disposable is better. Just use and throw. No bloody bathroom. No stain. It's the guilty feeling of generating inorganic waste that stops me from using disposable :)
But cloth pantyliner is different story. I think everyone (eh, women) should wear this. It's not too expensive, easy to clean and you can wash it once a week without any smell --unless you sniff it closely. Ugh--