Incontinence. Who would have thought that as a nation, we'd be facing a condition that affected so many, but so few talked about or admitted they had to live with.
Disposable adult diapers are admittedly very convenient. You pull them out of the bag and put them on. When you've finished with them, you take them off and throw them out. It can't be much simpler than that.
However, due to global warming and a host of other environmental issues, as a nation we're trying to reduce our carbon footprint. Reducing what we put into landfills most assuredly falls into that category. So, if you're living with incontinence, how do you fit that into your lifestyle?
Well, you have a couple of choices. You can still use disposable adult diapers, but it's important to find disposables that hold more volume – really hold more volume. You should only have to change 2-3 times per day. With most disposable products that you find in your local stores, you have to change 7-10 times a day. If you feel that in your life you only have room for disposable diapers, then look for hospital grade incontinence products.
Your other choice is to buy cloth diapers. If you don't want to have to deal with rubber or vinyl pants, though, this can be a challenge. Or is it? If you search around on the internet, you can find adult diapers made with PUL (fabric laminated with a waterproof backing). These are fantastic because when adult diapers are made with PUL; they become almost as convenient as disposables. So when you've finished using them you just take them off, throw them in the diaper hamper and wash.
A word of caution when washing cloth diapers, use phosphate free soap and do not use fabric softeners on your cloth diapers. If you use soaps with phosphates in them, or fabric softeners, over time these products build up on the fabric and make them less absorbent. Also, if you can, line-dry them outside or inside on a rack until they are almost dry. To soften them up, toss them in the dryer for about 10 minutes.
So, the choice is up to you – disposable or cloth?