Works for Me: Instead Softcup

by GfG on June 9, 2010

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My Works for Me Wednesday is a super tip, but it’s for ladies only. So… if you are a man who enjoys reading this blog (anyone?) or who has happened upon this blog… please vacate the premise. Seriously.

If you are over 6o, you probably want to leave also. I’m confident you won’t want to read this.

Please come visit again tomorrow and/or scroll down to read my other posts!

Ok, my tip is sort of a follow up to a tip I shared awhile back that brought the most comments I’ve ever had on a WFMW post. I shared a environmentally and financially friendly as well as a healthy option for dealing with menstrual periods: the Diva cup. Love it. No more bleach in my innards. Yea!

Click here to read about that.

The tip this time is for someone who may want to have a test run of trying something outside the tampon or pad box.

Last week, I found myself out of town without my Diva cup and no way of getting to a health food store for bleach free tampons. I was concerned. I drove to CVS and prayed. I know, I know. It seems silly to pray for tampons that don’t have bleach in them, but… once you are behind that, you’re behind it. So… God answered my prayer!

On the bottom shelf was a little box that was unusual and said “Instead”. Intriguing name.

Guess what it was? Nope, not bleach free tampons! Good guess, though. Sure, I led you to that guess and it was still wrong. Mean of me, yes?

Well, instead I found disposable Diva cups! Yes, seriously.

It is called an Instead Softcup.

For $7.99 I bought a pack of twelve Softcups.

Here is what they do NOT have:

  • No Strings
  • No Wings
  • No Residual Fibers
  • No Dryness
  • No Bleach
  • No Pesticides
  • No Dioxins
  • No Carcinogens
  • No Polycarbonates
  • No Bisphenol-A
  • No Lates
  • No Polystyrene
  • No Polyvinylchloride
  • No Phthalates

You use one every twelve hours. That’s changing only twice a day, girlies! And they work! It took me one time to really get the hang of inserting it, but I did. I’m sure my experience with the Diva helped. Also, I was leaving and heading home so I gave the pack to a friend who happened to start her cycle while I was there. She gave it a go!

The Softcup is nice for all the reasons above, plus you don’t have to save it. You empty it and throw it away. So, if the thought of reusing a product again and again bothers you, Softcup is the way to go.

If you are interested in trying this or the Diva, please contact me at gratefulforgrace(at) and I will email you some directions/tips. They really will help. Trust me. And know that there is a ‘learning curve’ for these items. Just sayin’.

Anyway, bleach free, environmentally friendly, easy and less frequent period products work for me in both the Diva and the Softcup! Check out We are THAT Family for tips on all kinds of things.

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