What is the difference between cloth napkins and disposable napkins (paper napkins)? I wonder what kind of benefits it has!I think there are many people who usually use paper napkins but have never used cloth napkins, and are there any benefits to cloth napkins in the first place? I'm sure you have questions like this.
Rie Hirashima, a mother of four and a laundry expert, will answer your questions about sanitary products in detail, focusing on "paper napkins vs. cloth napkins."
Comparison of cloth napkins and disposable napkins (paper napkins) | What is the difference? ?I know that cloth napkins and disposable napkins (paper napkins) are made of different materials, but what exactly is the difference? There may be some people who say that.
Therefore, we will briefly explain the differences between the materials of cloth napkins and paper napkins.
cloth napkin materialAs the name suggests, most cloth napkins are made from cotton.
Depending on the weave, there are flannel, knit, gauze, pile, and waffle.
In addition to cotton, there are also items made from linen, Japanese paper, and bamboo fiber.
Also, most cloth napkins sold are waterproof and are made to prevent leaks.
(The photo shows Rinenna cloth napkins. They are designed to be comfortable to wear without getting stuffy.
paper napkin materialPaper napkins use cotton on the surface, but they also contain water-absorbing polymers and water-repellent non-woven fabrics to solidify menstrual blood.
Although they are called paper napkins, the contents are not paper. It is made from petroleum-based polyethylene and polyester.
So far, we have talked about the differences in the materials of paper napkins and cloth napkins.
Regular disposable paper napkins are primarily made from synthetic fibers, while cloth napkins are made from natural materials such as cotton.
Also, the processing methods after use are different.
Used paper napkins can be rolled up into small pieces and thrown away in a sanitary box, but cloth napkins can be used repeatedly without being thrown away.
The main difference between cloth napkins and paper napkins is Should you throw away used napkins or not?
This difference actually has benefits for both depending on the usage situation! From here, I would like to talk about why Rinenna recommends cloth napkins.
Reasons why we recommend cloth napkinsCloth napkins are soft cloth that absorbs menstrual blood and are washed and reused.
Since it does not become waste, it has less environmental impact, and most of the parts that come into contact with the skin are made of cotton, so it is gentle on the skin and does not cause any stress.
In addition, cloth napkins have good breathability, so they don't get stuffy and don't cause rashes.
Since they started using cloth napkins, they have said that they have become much more comfortable, and that they have been using commercially available disposable napkins. I used to feel discomfort such as itching and rashes, and was worried about the smell, but now I hardly notice it anymore! We have also heard from you.
Best of all, cloth napkins can be washed and used repeatedly. Very eco-friendly with no waste.
Also, the petroleum-based material called absorbent polymer, which I mentioned earlier in the paper napkin material, is a plastic material that absorbs water and turns it into a jelly-like material.
High-molecular absorbing polymers are Once it solidifies into a jelly, it becomes cold.
It has the same effect as a cooling gel sheet that you put on your forehead when you have a fever.
When sensitive areas come in contact with this high-molecular absorption polymer for a long time, it can cause itching and rashes. Constant contact with cold and petroleum-based and chemical products can disrupt hormonal balance, disrupt the uterine system, and cause menstrual pain.
Advantages and disadvantages of paper napkins and cloth napkinsFrom here, we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of paper napkins and cloth napkins.
Advantages of paper napkins-Easily available at drug stores, etc.
・A wide variety of items to choose from
・Easy to dispose of after use
Disadvantages of paper napkins- May cause itching and rash - Must be disposed of every time - Must endure discomfort due to rash and stuffiness
Advantages of cloth napkins・You don't have to worry about stuffiness or odors.
・Relief and eliminate stuffiness that leads to itching and rash
・Itching and rash are reduced and eliminated
・Economical and sustainable as it can be used repeatedly
-Environmentally friendly as there is no waste
・Be able to face your own body
・It's fun to choose like underwear
・No need to stock up
・Coldness is improved/resolved
Disadvantages of cloth napkins- Difficult to get it everywhere - Takes time to wash - Worried about carrying around after replacing - Unable to throw away used items when going out and have to carry them around
・You may be worried about it leaking, but with a little ingenuity, you can use it successfully.
Countermeasures against the disadvantages of cloth napkins☆It is advantageous to buy cloth napkins in bulk.
☆If you want to carry it around after replacing it, prepare a zippered bag.
☆When washing, you can easily remove stains by soaking with Rinenna.
The most obvious benefit that many cloth napkin users experience is less stuffiness and itching.
Voices of cloth napkin usersFirst, I would like to introduce the impressions of cloth napkins that many people who have actually tried using them have had.
・Less stuffiness, itching, and rash
・Comfortable on the skin
・Odor becomes better
Many people have commented that when they use it, they feel it is less of a burden on their skin.
Since they are made of cotton, you will feel much less like you are wearing a napkin.
And above all, it's warm.
Especially in this season, even if it's hot outside, the air conditioner is working inside and you may feel cold.
Many people say that using cloth napkins will help keep your body from getting cold.
Cold is the enemy of menstrual pain! The number of cloth napkin users may be increasing because warming the body with cloth napkins can provide a relaxing time for both mind and body.
In addition, you can use it many times if you wash it, so you don't have to throw it away and it's eco-friendly.
However, most people use paper napkins. The good thing about paper napkins is that they are convenient.
Paper napkins advanced women's social advancementNext, we will introduce the advantages of paper napkins.
I think most people have used paper napkins, so I think they can relate to this idea.
- Can be quickly replaced on the go
・Easy to keep on hand just in case
・Easy to purchase
・There are many types
One of the benefits of disposable napkins (paper napkins) is their convenience.
As the name suggests, disposable napkins can be thrown away in a sanitary box after use, even when you are out and about.
And even if you suddenly need napkins, you can always get them at a drugstore or convenience store.
For this reason, it is useful to use it during the day when you spend a lot of time outside or when you have a different schedule than usual.
It is no exaggeration to say that disposable napkins (paper napkins) were able to advance the advancement of women in society.
A touching movie about napkinsIn Japan, disposable napkins (paper napkins) are available at convenience stores and drugstores, and you can buy them as a matter of course when you get your period.However, in India, where there are issues with laundry and hygiene, paper napkins are currently available. Activities to spread the word are also underway.
I can't watch ``Padman: The Man Who Saved 500 Million Women,'' which is based on a man who dedicated his life to developing inexpensive sanitary products in modern-day India, without crying.
This work also reminds us that Japan is a privileged place to be able to use cloth napkins because of its well-established laundry environment.
When it comes to sanitary products, choose cloth napkins or disposable napkins depending on your mood and occasion.Cloth napkins and paper napkins each have different benefits! In addition to the items listed above, sanitary products also include tampons and, recently, menstrual cups, and are becoming more diverse.
I hesitate to use cloth napkins when going out, but when I want to relax at home after returning home or on holidays.
In addition, more and more people are using cloth napkins for nighttime sleep, as they want to feel more relaxed when sleeping at night, and as puerperal pads to prevent lochia after giving birth.
On the other hand, paper napkins are convenient when you are out or traveling, and can be thrown away at any time.
It would be great if you could have a more comfortable menstrual period by using different ones depending on your mood and situation, rather than just using one or the other.
What are the characteristics of Linenna cloth napkins?Rinenna's cloth napkins have been developed over a period of five years through trial and error, with the aim of making you feel comfortable even on the heaviest days of your period. It combines "comfort to wear" and "absorbency", We have successfully developed the ideal cloth napkin.
Even though it's a cloth napkin, it doesn't leak?!Linenna's cloth napkins are made of four layers, with an absorbent cotton fabric on the inside and a waterproof fabric to catch menstrual blood.
These cloth napkins are extremely leak resistant.
Cloth napkins are fluffy and comfortable to wearLinenna's cloth napkins have a dobby weave on the surface that touches the skin, making them comfortable to wear.
The feeling of use is stress-free, just like regular underwear.
Cloth napkins tend to have the impression that they are thick, but Rinenna's cloth napkins are not voluminous, and are thin enough to fit your body without leaking easily.
It has a design that is easy to incorporate into your daily life without changing into a pants style.
Rinenna cloth napkin trial setI want to try cloth napkins! I don't know if it will last, but I want to try it! For those who want, try the trial set.
Cloth napkins are small enough to be used as liners for vaginal discharge (of course, they can also be used as cloth napkins).
Also, a trial pack is included so that you can try out the soaking detergent Rinenna #1.
Comes with detergent and bucket! cloth napkin starter setA great value set that allows you to start using cloth napkins from the day you receive it.
The set includes 5 cloth napkins (2 for light daily use, 2 for regular day use, 1 for night use), detergent Rinenna #1 for washing cloth napkins, and an Omniutti bucket with a lid.
Just fill the Omniutti bucket with hot water and Rinenna, add a cloth napkin, and throw it in the washing machine.
Many people are interested in cloth napkins but think they are difficult to clean, but they are surprisingly easy.
The Omniutti Bucket looks stylish and comes with a lid, so you won't have to worry about it being noticed by your family.
Linen cloth napkins are becoming popular not only for menstrual use, but also as puerperal pads for lochia and for urinary leakage.
For those who want to try it out, If you want to have everything you need for cloth napkins, please check it out.
Solving your doubts and concerns about cloth napkinsLastly, I would like to talk about some of the questions and concerns you may have about cloth napkins.
How to choose the material for cloth napkins?When choosing cloth napkin fabrics, pay attention to functionality such as water absorption, breathability, heat retention, moisture wicking, antibacterial properties, and deodorizing properties.
For example, if you are worried about menstrual blood leaking, we recommend flannel fabric that is highly absorbent and has tight eyes.
If you are concerned about stuffiness or rashes on your skin, choose gauze or waffle fabrics that are highly breathable.
How does it feel to use cloth napkins?Disposable napkins made of chemical fibers that can reduce stuffiness and odors tend to cause stuffiness and unpleasant odors.
However, cloth napkins are breathable and absorb sweat well, so you can stay comfortable.
Cloth napkins that are made of cotton instead of microfiber are especially comfortable to wear.
What is the lifespan of cloth napkins?Although it depends on the fabric, the lifespan of cloth napkins is said to be 3 to 5 years.
I'm attached to it and can't throw it away. . .
Some people have been using it for around 10 years.
Once you have it, you can use it for a long time without having to buy more, so the cost performance is ◎.
How to prevent rash caused by cloth napkins?Many people may suffer from painful skin stress such as itching and rashes due to the use of disposable paper napkins during menstruation, when hormonal balance tends to be disrupted.
Cloth napkins are as comfortable to wear as underwear and are less irritating to the skin, reducing itching and rashes in sensitive areas.
Are cloth napkins dangerous?The biggest reason why cloth napkins are said to be dangerous.
This is the ``propagation of bacteria'' that occurs due to repeated use.
It is made to absorb menstrual blood, so it has a certain thickness.
Therefore, it is definitely difficult to dry.
Washing cloth napkins is often thought to be difficult, but you can easily remove stains by simply soaking the cloth napkins in Rinenna #1 and washing them before doing your regular laundry.
Click here for the correct way to wash cloth napkins
Cloth napkins, the first stepWhy not use cloth napkins on the days when you notice vaginal discharge or when your period is coming to an end? Cloth napkins are available for light daily use, normal daily use, and heavy daily use.
If you are using cloth napkins for the first time, we recommend that you start using them on days when your period is about to end and your period is light, or on holidays when you are spending time at home.
Please take this opportunity to try out the comfort of cloth napkins.
Enjoy your menstrual period comfortably with cloth napkins that have a positive effect on women!