Friday, October 12, 2007

Make your own Tucks pads

Yes, you read that right.

Of course you don't have a problem that requires the use of Tucks brand hemorrhoidal pads.

But let's just say that your sister's best friend might.

In fact, it burns her up to use her beauty budget for something so...indiscreet. She would much rather spend $7 on lipstick!


Here's what your sister's friend should do:
  • Buy a bottle of generic witch hazel (both Dollar General and Dollar Tree carry it.)
  • Sniff the contents. Hmmm, doesn't this smell just like Tucks to you?
  • Fold a piece of tissue, paper towel, or soft cotton into the right size square.

  • Saturate the piece with witch hazel.

  • Use as you would a Tucks brand pad.

    A $1 bottle of witch hazel will give you hundreds of uses with your choice of "pad." You can store precut, presoaked pads in a plastic container. Or do as I do, and wet them as needed.

    Since even Equate brand pads aren't cheap, this homemade version can save your budget--and your sanity.

    (Anonymous, you can thank me later. In the meantime, head to Frugal Friday for more timely tips.)

    22 comments:

    Alison said...

    LOL, thanks for the tip! I'll pass it along to my sister's friend who's due in December.

    Anonymous said...

    You are so right about the Tucks pads. More years ago than I care to remember (36) after I had given birth to my son I was having 'problems' and the sweet nurse who was helping me told me to us the Witch Hazle and paper towels. She was so right. It made a huge difference in how quickly I was able to heal. Thanks for the information. Sometimes we just have to talk about these things. Roxie

    MoneyCommonSense said...

    *wink* yeah I have a "friend" who's also due in December, a couple of days after I am. haha!

    BethanySue, CFO said...

    Great idea! I these where much needed when I was expected pebbles...

    bonnie: said...

    I just wanted to say that even if you don't need these for traditional use, they feel great after having a baby (my last babe was 11lbs, and I had her at home).

    Marsha said...

    If you want to take things a step further...you know those little washcloths sold in baby departments? They're super soft - and therefore unchafing - and cutable into smaller squares for use in exactly this fashion. Then, they're washable along with your burp cloths, messy clothes, diapers, or other things that would require a good thorough cleaning (and the witch hazel on the cloth gets washed into the water as a further washing aid, even if it has been near your...uh, sister's friend's bottom).

    TJ said...

    I'm not the only one that does this? Yay! I actually prefer to use a cotton ball. I can get a lot of witchhazel on there and it seems to saturate the sore areas much better without the pain of wiping something across the already painful spot. I may not like having to use them, but I earned em by giving birth two my kids as I think most moms have.

    Jenny's Vegcafe said...

    Thanks, Hubby likes these for.. his sister's friend. So we try to buy generic but this might work for him.

    Scribbit said...

    Okay this is really of weird of me I know but am I the only one who LOVES the smell of that stuff? I think it's because it reminds me of having babies, not the--ahem--"after effects" :)

    Tricia said...

    I work as a postpartum nurse. We have our patients use tucks pads for their stitches.

    I encourage my patients to keep their tucks in the fridge. The cold helps numb and help with some swelling.

    I have also heard of keeping them in the freezer.

    Just something else to pass on.

    Tricia

    Alexandra said...

    Great post! I used witch hazel after I had my babies, and it's also a nice astringent for the face. Tricia is so right, cold witch hazel feels wonderful on swollen stitches.

    Marie said...

    Good for you for helping people out. I wonder if anyone knows the "garlic clove to combat a yeast infection" trick? I am not an MD and don't want to be responsible for anyone having a medical problem, but I heard folklorically that a garlic clove inserted into the affected area banishes yeast infections, and will save you a fortune on Monistat!

    Sherry said...

    Really appreciate the descreteness of your post. ;-D

    Alison said...

    Meredith, thank you for bringing up such a necessary but little discussed topic. Another healing remedy I can share, after having 3rd degree tear with first baby and 2nd degree with second, is essential oils of patchouli & lavendar. Fill one of those little periwash bottles the hospital gives you with warm water and add one drop each of patchouli & lavendar (just make sure they are real essential oils, not blended with anything else) and shake well before using. I now associate the smell of patchouli with newborn baby instead of hippie incense!

    Vicky said...

    I used these homemade pads myself a year ago, after delivering my first. Why are hemorrhoids a dirty little secret no pregnant mommy talks about? Hmmm.... Anyway, so glad I had witch hazel on hand, because I'm sure my hubby would have been mortified if I sent him out for a large box of feminine pads and a thing of Tucks pads - yeah right! :D

    BZV said...

    those round make up rounds work great for this. On faces, stitches, or poison ivy, I'm not ashamed to admit it. Not sure about the fridge thing though. Can you say la BRR?

    Mrs. Gunning said...

    Thank you for sharing this. I love natural, homemade recipes for health care.
    And cheap ones, too! :D

    Anonymous said...

    My question is well being a first time mom... do you put the witch hazel directly on your napkin ? I guess what I am trying to say is how do you use it ?

    Meredith said...

    Hi, Anonymous...

    Yes, just soak the napkin with witch hazel and use it as you would a storebought pad.

    You can use witch hazel pads one of two ways--

    For personal cleansing, including in the feminine areas where you might have had stitches.

    And as a temporary compress to relieve swelling or burning. That's where keeping them in the refrigerator makes them extra effective for reducing the swelling.

    For more explicit directions, please click on the highlighted phrase in the text above "USE AS YOU WOULD A TUCKS BRAND PAD" and you'll be taken to the Tucks website.

    Anonymous said...

    I worked as a delivery room nurse and we always recommended using witch hazel soaks after delivery.

    Jen

    Anonymous said...

    Great post - I'd never heard of Tucks before, and definitely could have used them after my daughter was born. Plus we're due again any day (well, actually due 10 days ago), so this will come in very handy! I agree - this is one of those things that women never talk about!!

    Kari

    LaDonna said...

    Thank you sooo much for this. I am a member of a message board that is full of pregnant women and we ALL love to save money and do stuff more natural ways so this will work perfect. I have already shared it with two of the boards.