Let's state the obvious...
To start this hub out right, I feel it's probably a good idea to state the obvious. Maxi pads and menstrual pads are have a specific use, and there are plenty of other items that could be used in place of these 5 ways to use them. This being said, it's always useful to know about these uses when you're in a jam or when you need what they offer.
Extra soul for your soles
Do you have a long way to walk in uncomfortable shoes? Or maybe your shoes are new or just really worn in? No matter what the reason, when you need some extra comfort for your feet, maxi pads are great at providing that extra cushion. They aren't perfect, but when you need them, extra heavy flow pads make great in-soles for your feet. Try it out, you'd be surprised at how much it helps when you need your feet to go that extra mile.
Abdominal incision protection
I learned this trick on a particularly hot day while I was still dealing with a healing c-section incision. I am not the skinniest person in the world and my c-section scar just so happens to be in an area that collects moisture and sweat very easily, which left me of the dilema of trying to avoid any infections. It was while changing my pad for post pregnancy flows, that I thought to take a clean one and place it over my c-section incision. To my amazement, it kept my wound dry and comfortable, and even help with the irritation from my pants (bonus!).
Just make sure you use pads that are scent-free and don't have any "special" additives, as those will irritate your incision. Either way, I imagine that a maxi pad would also work well for other abdominal incisions, such as appendix incisions and such.
Make shift diapers
It's that one day that you rush out of the house and you forgot to replenish your diaper bag. You didn't figure you would be out of the house all that long, but through several unfortunate events, you find yourself busy with many things and out for a long time. So after you've gone through a diaper or two, you find yourself out of diapers just when your baby has released the worst kind of load.
You look through you're supplies and find wipes and everything but diapers, though you just so happened to have tons of menstrual pads in there that you packed just in case you needed them. What to do?
Clean that baby up and then pull out those pads! You easily wrap a regular or large sized maxi pad around your little babes butt and front area to keep them protected while you go through the store or head home for the real thing. If your little one is in a onsie or a pair of pants, you can use the sticky side of the pad to keep it in place for a short while by sticking it to the crotch area of the onsie or pants. If that isn't working for you, a shoelace, scarf or piece of fabric can be loosely wrapped around there little belly to help keep the pad in place. Or you can also use a few extra pads partially stuck to each other and then to the lower pad being used as a diaper, to make a ring around their mid section.
Just remember that this is only a temporary solution in a time of dire need. You don't want to leave your babe in a bad diaper that can't wait to be changed, but being stuck in a make shift pad diaper isn't going to last long before they find a way to get around it. =)
Soak up that spill!
Something ultra yucky or strain prone has just spilled on your (insert valuable item here), and you need to soak it up ASAP before it sets in. You don't have any napkins, paper towels or toilet paper around, but you just so happened to have some fresh maxi pads around. So grab one of them as soon as you can and soak up that spill!
Maxi pads were intended to be sponges, which makes them great as emergency clean up rags, and sometimes it can really save your carpet, car, clothes or other valuable.
A Large Band Aide
In a tight situation where you or someone near you has been injured badly enough that a small band aide won't cover it and they need something over the wound ASAP, a scent-free maxi pad would very well be just what you need. They are meant to be used for sensitive bodily needs and to soak up excess blood. So using them as large band aides when you have nothing else, is a good thing to know about.
Makes you want to always keep a few pads around "just in case", doesn't it?
Have you found any other creative ways to use menstrual pads?
Melissa Grannon on August 01, 2015:
I cut my foot badly and couldn't get the bleeding stopped and little gauze pads were not doing the trick. I stuck 2 small Poise Pads in my shoe and got to the hospital fast for 12 stitches. I am still putting them in my shoe changing them several times daily for a clean dry surface for my foot. I am a diabetic and don't want an infection. They work like a charm.
embarrassed guy on February 10, 2015:
I use them as stuffers in my adult diapers to extend their use. I lost my job and could not afford disposable diapers so I had to wear my cloth diapers I wore to bed, all day as well. Having a big diaper bulge as an adult like my little niece was not appealing to me when I went out. Don't get me wrong as I find cloth diapers very absorbant and comfortable. I have been wearing diapers for 40 years. That's why I wear them in the evening and to bed, but I was not thrilled about going back to wearing cloth diapers all day. This makes me unable to hide the fact that I was obviously in diapers when out of the house. I had only a few disposables I was saving for my job interviews at first. One day shortly after being forced to switch to a full time cloth diapers I was at the thrift store reluctantly shopping for new jeans and shorts to fit over my cloth diaper bulk better that was not so tight. While doing so I found few bags of adult disposables diapers and some maxi pads for almost nothing. I bought them all. The diapers were of low quality which is why I bought the maxi pads. I put a couple in as diaper doublers to increase their capacity. It worked! I could stick a couple night time maxi pads or a few day pads in giving the extra exsorbancy I needed. They are much cheaper than the diaper doublers I bought when I could afford them. This makes for a much thinner diaper when I go out than cloth diapers. Now I shop a bunch of thrift stores and use maxi pads and baby diapers to double what ever diapers I can find. It is so much cheaper. I cannot always find diapers my size at the thrift store but I can always find the maxi pads so I stock up when I find either. It gives me a break from my cloth diapers.
Tiff on July 29, 2012:
I just used an extra long maxi in a pair of toddler under wear as a make shift diaper on my 1 year old while my husband is at the store getting diapers.
PermissionGiver (author) from Lake Stevens on May 31, 2012:
Nice! that is awesome Caro, lol, what did she say when you gave it to her? lol
caro on May 31, 2012:
I made an "I" pad for my sister
whocares on November 02, 2011:
I have actually used then with the cloth diapers as inserts for my little ones. It really helped and was a lot cheaper than disposable diapers but yet allowed for extra asorbant for times of need. This really cut down my costs of a new child and I was able to have the best of both worlds. I used cloth diapers and the maxi pads as inserts. It worked out great and no leakage to their clothes.
Truckstop Sally on August 24, 2011:
I teach 4th grade, and when we have "the talk" the girls are so silly. We actually pass around pads, and the girls squeal. The best thing I have heard -- beds for Barbie dolls.
Danette Watt from Illinois on August 24, 2011:
Guess I never really thought about using a pad as anything but...however there are some creative uses here and very useful ones as well.
Tracy B from Canada on August 24, 2011:
Very creative ideas! I enjoyed reading them.
Becky on August 23, 2011:
I had breast cancer and after the lumpectomy and checking the lymph nodes, I had a weeping incision in my armpit. They told me to just use a pad because they were thicker and absorbed just as good as a bandage. They are also lots cheaper. Prior to that, I had used the thick bandages and ruined a couple of shirts.
Brianna W from East Coast on August 23, 2011:
Great hub. These are a lot of ideas I never would of thought of using a maxi pad for, but makes sense!
ansonia on August 23, 2011:
This is a clever hub.
Paradise7 from Upstate New York on August 23, 2011:
Very creative uses here.
ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on August 23, 2011:
I will not lie. Typically (as a guy) a picture of a maxi pad (in the locked, loaded, and ready position) will normally have me scampering in another direction. I had to see your take-on it tho...and I'm glad I did. lol...told you I was gonna follow... Great Job!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 23, 2011:
I have heard of people using them for car polishers after they have waxed their cars.