How to Use Basic H

Basic H (Household) 2

Happy Spring Cleaning

This post is for anyone that cleans, whether you hate it or love it!!!!

Spring is here!!!  YAY!!!!

We can’t be more excited over here!!!!  So, I know that you are all busy working on your SPRING CLEANING LIST.  Right?

I just want to let you in on one of my dirty clean little secrets!
The secret is  my all time favorite and most used product ever.

I use this product for EVERYTHING and have been for 3 years!!!!

I am not kidding!

What is Basic H (Household)

I use it for dusting the house, washing the windows and mirrors, mopping the floor, power washing the house, shampooing the carpet, wiping the appliances, washing the granite to spot removal and much, much more!!!

It is called Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate!

Not only is it the best……it is the CHEAPEST and……….it is the SAFEST!!!!!!!

It is cheaper than vinegar and it is organic!!!!  Oh yeah, and ………..it WORKS!!

Basic H instructions

 

 

HERE ARE OTHER CLEANING SUGGESTIONS……

HOUSEHOLD

General Cleaning:

Use ½ teaspoon to quart of warm water. It cleans kitchen doors, woodwork, walls, ceilings, etc.

Appliances and Bathroom Fixtures:

Use ¼ teaspoon to pint of water. It leaves refrigerators odor-free and sanitary. Great for bathroom tile!

Windows, Mirrors, All Glass:

Use 1 – 2 drops in 4oz spray bottle. Wipe dry with paper towel. Do not use a lot of Basic-H or glass will smear.

Dishes:

Use ½ teaspoon in the dishpan. Fill dirty pans with water, add ½ teaspoon Basic-H2 and let stand to loosen stuck particles.

Automatic Dishwashers:

Use Shaklee Dishwasher Concentrate.

Floors:

Use 1 tablespoon to a gallon of cold water, wring mop and wipe up dirt. Leaves floor shining. Dusting: Squeeze sponge out of solution of ¼ teaspoon to pint of water. With almost dry sponge, wipe of dust, fingerprints, candy spots, etc. Or use spray bottle and clean cloth. Everything disappears from furniture, leaving wax finish beautifully bright and non-magnetic, making it unnecessary to dust as often.

Woolens, Silks, Nylons, All Fin Fabrics:

Use ½ teaspoon to basin of water. For spots, apply a drop or two directly on the spot and press in with thumb. Immerse garment in cold water solution of 1 teaspoon per gallon of water, let stand a few minutes, then rinse by squeezing water through and laying out to dry.

Spot Remover:

Apply Basic-H2 directly on spotted area. Use a toothbrush or finger to rub Basic-H2 into area. Wipe off with damp cloth or rinse in basin of water (Coffee, lipstick, ink, grass, etc).

Frying Vats:

Use ½ cup to 3 gallons of water. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. It dissipates stubborn crusts without damage to vats.

Concrete and Mortar Mix:

Use ½ oz. to a gallon of water. Makes cement and mortar spread easier and smoother, set harder.

Knives:

Use a few drops on cutting stone for sharpening knives. Keep moist and add as needed. Doesn’t clog stone, which is very important in sharpening tools. Stone rinses free of residue

Phonograph Records:

Use same solution as for glass. Clean with soft, dry cloth. It leaves no residual magnetism.

Wallpaper:

Excellent in removing wallpaper.

Diapers:

Use ¼ teaspoon of Basic-H2 and 1 teaspoon of Basic-G to pail of water. It eliminates odors in the washroom when diapers must stand.

Fish Odors:

Use ½ tablespoon per quart of water. Basic-H2 cleaning solutions work wonders around boats, docks and other “fishy” places.

Boat Algae:

Use ½ tablespoon to gallon of water.

Spray Snow or Poster Paint on Windows:

Remove it with ¼ teaspoon to quart of warm water.

 

 

PERSONAL

Cleaning Hands:

Put a few drops in palm. Rub thoroughly over both hands and add a little water. Continue with usual washing action. Add a touch more water as needed and rinse. Removes tobacco stains, onion and garlic odors. Variation – mix ¼ Basic-H2 and ½ water in a 4 oz squeeze bottle

Gum:

Use full strength to remove gum from skin or carpeting.

 Shoe Cleaner:

Use 1 drops on a wet cloth. It will not remove wax. Shine with dry cloth.

 

 

AUTOMOTIVE

Washing:

Use ½ tablespoon to gallon of water. Wash small area at a time, and hose off. Wiping dry is not necessary. Wipe windshield, windows and chrome with paper towels after rinsing. Bugs and road grime float away.

Engines:

Use ½ oz to one gallon water to clean engine. It will not affect paint, gaskets or insulating material. Best results can be achieved when the engine is hot for fastest drying of the ignition system.

Battery Terminals:

Use ¼ teaspoon to pint of water. Spray on battery terminals, let soak for 2 minutes and clean with wire brush. Use full strength Basic-h on battery terminals to avoid corrosion or galvanic action.

MISCELLANEOUS

Air Filters:

Use ¼ teaspoon to quart of warm water. Air filters are cleaned with excellent results, leaving them free of dirt, oil, or chemical residue.

House Plants:

Use a few drops in water. Water plants and they will flourish. Use to wipe down leaves also.
Outside Windows: Use ½ teaspoon to “ortho-type” bottle applicator full of water. This should let 2 gallons of water through applicator to spray on windows and screens.

ACCESSORIES

Humidifiers:

Use 1 or 2 drops in water to help prevent rust and scum.

Water Soluble Gum Tape:

Use 2 to 3 drops in a 16 oz spray bottle, or tape dispenser with water tank.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

Fill toilet tank dispenser with Basic-H2. Place in toilet tank. It will automatically release a measured amount of Basic-H2 when you flush, to keep toilet bowl clean for months.

Ironing:

A few drops in steam iron will keep the jets and interior clean.

Plumbing:

Will keep pipes open and clean when used regularly. It emulsifies grease and can eliminate cleaning of grease traps.

Basic-G 

Will deodorize bathroom areas, garbage cans and other areas where bacterial growth can cause unpleasant odors. Basic-G is concentrated for economy.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER!!

  • Basic-H2 is the most economical cleaner you can buy. One quart makes 192 gallons of cleaning solution by following directions.
  • Do Not Use More Than Recommended. A little goes a long way! Save $$!
  • Basic-H2 contains no acids, no alkalis, no kerosene or solvent, and has no offensive or detergent odor.
  • Basic-H2 has pH factor of 6.5, right in the range of human skin.
  • Basic-H2 makes water many times wetter.
  • Basic-H2 is a fantastically versatile cleaner. The successor is soap!
  • Basic-H2 does not hinder bacterial action of septic tanks or cesspools.
  • DO NOT put fingers or foreign matter into Basic-H2 container. Large amounts of bacteria can cause degrading action and weaken your cleaner.
  • In extremely stubborn areas of grease or stains, use Shaklee’s Scour Off scouring cleaner.

There are 1,000 different uses for this environmental sound product. Enjoy!

Wow, that was a long post!!!!

Anyway, now you know my ABSOLUTE  FAVORITE CLEANING PRODUCT CLEANER EVER!!!!!!!

 

I recommend starting with:

Get Clean Start Kit (regular or un-scented)
Basic G {Germicide}

I want to be honest with you, I am not “selling” these products just to “sell” something.

 

I believe in doing what’s right….AND using natural products around our kids, pets, and house is RIGHT!

 

It is up to us to give our kids the best we can.  We do everything for our kids, so why not clean WITHOUT harsh chemicals.

 

Not only is the Get Clean Line natural & safe for us, our families, and the planet, the actually work and by that, I mean…they ROCK….and they save you money!

 

I can’t think of ANY reason why someone would not use these….REALLY, I can’t!!

 

If you like the “smell” of cleaners, add some essential oils to your cleans.

 

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I am so passionate about this and I hope you join my mission in creating healthier lives!

 

Thanks and have a great day! 🙂

 

Emily

Our Organic (Mostly) Shopping List

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I have been asked by a few friends to post what we buy and where we buy it. Our house is a funny one. My husband and oldest son have a dairy allergy so we don’t have dairy here. I also only eat meat about once or twice a year. So I am pretty much raising a vegan/occasionally meat eating household 🙂

Everything that I am unable to grow myself or bring in from a farm, I try to buy organically or at least non-gmo.

I am really working on heading in the direction of low/zero waste living so I’m also trying to keep the packaging that we bring into our house at a minimum (we are no where near perfect with this but I am trying hard!!). Have you seen this website http://www.zerowastehome.com? Her kitchen, well who am I kidding?? HER ENTIRE HOUSE makes me smile. I have a different decorating style, but boy do I love her organization. The level of minimalization makes my heart skip a beat!!

Did I just get off track??!!

So I went through my cupboards, fridge and freezers and made a list of what they consisted of. A lot of our food is home grown and frozen or canned. We get our meat from close family friends and are so lucky to know exactly how the cows are raised, cared for and what they are fed. My husband is also a hunter and fisherman so any of our fish that we eat is directly from that or the one exeption of the salmon that I buy (very rarely).

We buy our food from Trader Joe’s and Costco. I love heading to our local farmer’s market in the summer but to be honest I grow most of what I can get there in my garden and its downtown so its not the easiest to navigate with two kiddos!!

Later I will do a post on how I prepare certain things like our nut butters, and other stuff that you would normally just buy pre-made. Im so excited to get into milling our own grain soon so I will be updating this down the road with a post on that as well.

I wash all of my produce as soon as I get home. I fill the sink with water and a few drops of Basic H2 Super Concentrate Cleaner. I toss all my fruit and veggies in the sink and then do a quick rinse on them and let them air out. This is with the exception of raspberries.

Dry foods list
Popcorn
Brown rice
quinoa
pasta
almonds
cashews
sunflower seeds
sesame seeds
lentils
black beans
chia seeds
hemp seeds
raisins
nutritional yeast
dates
shredded coconut
flour
oatmeal
enjoy life chocolate chips
couscous

Pantry list
Organic non-GMO corn chips
barbecue sauce
nori wraps
rice papers
canned black beans
Canned kidney beans
canned wild Alaskan salmon (rarely)

Baking kit
Baking cocoa
baking soda
baking powder
brown sugar
white sugar
vanilla
honey
molasses
Coconut flour

Fridge list
Veganase
coconut milk (so delicious)
course ground, Dijon, and regular mustard
capers
apple cider vinegar
Tobey’s cream cheese
Tobey’s sour cream
Dayia shredded cheese
Earth balance butter
vegan ranch
homemade Parmesan
salad greens from Cosco unless it’s garden season
citrus fruits including lemons
barbecue sauce
Bragg’s liquid amino’s
Tamari
miso paste
bread – Dave’s killer or Eziliel
Ezikiel tortilla wraps
Ezikiel English muffins
eggs free range organic from Cosco
moms homemade elderberry jam
Yum sauce
Frank’s red hot
Siracha

How I Clean Naturally

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Weekly

  • Bathrooms
  • Wash the hardwood floors
  • Dust house
  • Vacuum
  • Organize the kids rooms
  • Organize the fridge

 

When Needed

  • Shampoo the carpet (about 4 times a year)
  • Dust fans
  • Wash walls/doors
  • Dust baseboards
  • Wash the couch
  • Wash the Windows
  • Wash the mirrors the house
  • Wipe down furniture
  • Vacuum lamp shapes
  • wipe down lamps
  • Wipe down cabinets
  • Dust/Wash vents
  • Dust blinds
  • Deep clean appliances

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How I Clean NATURALLY

I named this post HOW I CLEAN NATURALLY because I have NEVER bought  a Fantastic, a 409, a Pine Sol,  a Lysol, Clorox Wipes, etc.  I have never used a toxic cleaner since being married!!

I clean differently than most people.

I only clean with ALL natural products.

I did this even before it was  cool to be green! 

At first, my only reason to do this was because it was cheaper.
I used and still use Shaklee Get Clean products.  Now, after being more educated on why it is so important to be toxic free,  I am really glad that I have been using these the whole time!!!  Toxins are dangerous, as in hurtful, as in not very clean at all.
When most people think of green cleaners, they think: expensive or lack of quality.  With the Get Clean products that I found, nothing is further from the truth!

These are CHEAP!!!!  And they WORK!!!! 

Let me tell you what I use and how!

Kitchen

Let’s begin with with the  Kitchen because we spend most of out time in there!  I feel like I am in there all day!  As soon as I am done cleaning up a meal, it’s snack time!  Does that happen to anyone else?  I run my dishwasher everyday and I always  try to wipe the stainless steal appliances down every night.   I HATE going to bed with a messy kitchen!!!  I love waking up and coming down to a clean room.  I am in a better mood when there are no dishes out, the stove is clean and their are no fingerprints on the fridge!  I also like to sweep or vacuum the floor everyday (several times a day under their high chairs).
In the kitchen I use…..
Basic H2 Organic Super Clean Concentrate and my super microfiber cleaning cloth for the appliances, cabinets, counters and walls
 Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste  for my sink and my appliance deep cleaning.
 Basic G- Concentrated Germicide for disinfecting my sink, counters, knobs, floor and whatever else I want germ FREE!
 Dish Wash Concentrate for washing pots, pans or anything else by hand.  I only use 1 drop per dish!  This stuff is really powerful!!!!
 Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate for my dishwasher.  I only use 1 teaspoon of this stuff and I NEVER pre-rinse  my dishes.  CHEAP!!!!

Bathrooms  

Next,  I’ll tell you about the bathrooms because everyone likes start with the grossest area and get it out of the way.   I use…
Basic H2 Organic Super Clean Concentrate for the windows and mirrors.

This stuff works…..with NO streaks!!!

I mix 2 drops of the concentrate to my 32oz. water spray bottle. (It costs $.02 per 32oz.  That’s right, it costs me only a 2 PENNIES  for a 32oz. bottle)

CHEAP!!!! I told you. 1 bottle of Basic H2equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex. WOW!!!!

Here is a picture of the awesome window and mirror super microfiber cleaning cloth that I use.
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Basic G- Concentrated Germicide for the sink, toilet, floors and bath/shower

I really like to disinfect!!!  I have 3 boys (including my husband) in my house who put their hands everywhere and I don’t want germs everywhere!!!

Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste for the bath/shower, floor and sink when needed.
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This stuff takes off rust, mold, hard water residue and other build up.

And it SMELLS like cherries!!! And totally safe!

 

Floors

I try to vacuum or sweep everyday.  I don’t know if it is just my family but we REALLY need to do this everyday!

We get totally dirty here! We have a Roomba for the floors dirt and I use a Shark Steam mop for mopping.

For washing my floors, I use…..guess….. Basic H2 Organic Super Clean Concentrate

This awesome no rinse, no residue, streak-free formula works great on any floor!

It seriously makes my wood shine.   For floors,  mix 1 tablespoon of Basic H + 1 gallon of water.  Apply to floor with sponge or mop.  I just put it in a spray bottle, spray it on the floor and wipe it with my steam cleaner.

 

Dust

Now, how do I dust?  I don’t!  LOL, I wish!  This family makes a lot of dust or at least we see it more because of all of our dark wood  floors and furniture.Usually I dampen my super micro fabric cleaning cloth with my Basic H.  I also use a really long duster to get my fans, vents, light fixtures, stair railing, walls and ceiling.

Laundry

Laundry for 4, plus cloth diapers and mechanic grease is not an easy thing to do!

I have a system that works for now until I can get the kids to do their own.  Right now I put ALL the the dirty laundry  form everyone in our family in my side of our closet.  I have 3 laundry baskets for  whites, lights and darks and 1 basket on my hubby’s side for his work clothes.  I also keep a laundry basket in my laundry room for hand towels, wash cloths, etc.  THEN!! I have a separate dry bag for cloth diaper laundry All of my laundry products are concentrated and NON-Toxic.  It is totally safe for your skin.  It is great for sensitive baby skin and the incredibly sensitive skin of my husband!!

I use…
Fresh Laundry Concentrate  LOVE this stuff!!
Nature Bright  My natural Bleach
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Extra Tips

Have your kids ever drawn on your furniture with pen?!?!?  Mine have,  a normal mom would probably freeeak out! But not me.  Basic H gets it right out!!!!  AND in less than ONE MINUTE!!!!!  I just put in on straight and scrubbed in right out!
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AFTER
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And that is how I clean and what I use!!!!

Happy Cleaning!

 

 

 

 

 

Crazy For Cloth Diapers: Part 3 (Our Laundry Routine)

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The third part of this series is going to be all about how we clean our diapers. Now like I said in the intro to this series, most people turn their noses up at cloth diapering just because of this part of it.

Here are some great quotes that we have received from anti cloth diaper parents…….”gross” ………”O…M…G you do NOT seriously do that?!?!”………”doesn’t that give your babies a rash?”………”I’m sure it costs more in water than savings on diapers”…………and my all time favorite……..,”what do you do when they start have human poop?!”.

Most people keep their diapers in a wet bag (I will post a link later) in between washing. We wash every other day. You can go longer if you have more diapers but I would not suggest going longer than every 3 days. As of right now I do a rinse, set my washer to heavy load with extra rinse, then I do another rinse. Why so many rinses? Well I’ve tried every which way to do less but I think it comes down to the fact that I have a front loader washer. I have heard time and time again and read in many cloth forums that The top loaders are way better for cloth diapering. It’s because these front loaders are so energy-efficient and don’t allow enough water for rinsing. Such is life and of course we have to deal with it. For detergent we use Shaklee concentrated powder http://emilysutten.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthyhome/laundry/product-_p_fresh-laundry-conc-14lbp?g=powderlaundryconcentrate. I’ve done everything I can to use the recommended detergent from bum genius but sorry dude, it just doesn’t work. I know the Shaklee works amazing. I also add a capful of Shaklee Basic G (emilysutten.myshaklee.com) . This is their germicide. I use this in place of the bleach that is recommended for stripping the cloth diapers. I then take the diapers out and hang them on a clothes hanger that my sweet hubby made me. Sigh……..you know you are a true cloth diapering mama when you get excited and giddy at the sight of all your diapers clean and hanging. It’s even better in the summer when I hang them in the sun (I will do another post about washing and how I hang my diapers in the sun).
So that’s pretty much it. I always do the load at night when I’m making dinner and I get them hung before bed so they’re dry all night.

Crazy for Cloth Diapers Part 2: Do you really save money using cloth?

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Well if you’re anything like me this would be the blog post that I would have skipped to first. I’m always all about saving money and when it comes to diapers, in my opinion you can’t go wrong with cloth.
Did you know the average baby uses  around $2000 in diapers so if you times that by two for the average household of kids, you can drop up to $4000!!! Wowsers!!! That $450 cloth diaper kit is looking a little nicer isn’t it
Now let’s talk about that kit for a second. Just because I went with a brand-new kit doesn’t mean that you have to choose new. Since I was able to get a great deal, we plan on having three children and I was being lazy and didn’t want to search, I chose to buy new.
There are tons of deals to be had. Look on eBay, craigslist and cloth diaper forums. There are tons of diaper “lots” that are new or practically new because mama used them once and it wasn’t for her. I actually did order used cloth diapers from eBay for the first few months after our oldest was born. I did this to get a feel for what I wanted and then guess what I did? I turned around and sold them for the same price I bought them for!! That’s right, when you’re done with your loyal and trusted cloth diapers, as long as you care for them well, you can turn around and sell them sometimes half to three quarters of what you bought them for. This is why I take the time to hang dry my diapers. But let’s talk about something that I’ve heard some disposable diaper users say. I have been told “well you spend more money on water”.
Let me throw the calculations out there. It can range as high as $1,000 per year to wash your diapers depending on your wash schedule, where you live and the quality of your washer. But Remember you will never buy diapers again. So if your kid was in diapers for 2.5 years that would cost around $2500 in washing and $450 in diapers (keep in mind these are all estimates). Bringing you to  around $3000 for the first baby and $$2500 for each baby after that. That is at least $1000 in savings. And keep in mind I am estimating waaaaayyyy high. I didn’t even notice a rise in our energy bill when I started cloth diapering.
It still doesn’t compare right? Plus, you were keeping chemicals off your baby and diapers out of the landfill. So I say yes you save big money with cloth diapers, especially the more kids you have!!

Valentine’s Day ~ How do you celebrate your sweetie?

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!! What are you doing for your sweetie?
This pile doesn’t look very romantic but my little sweeties and I are making a fun Valentine gift from my hubby this year. We are making him a year of dates!! Dates for him and myself without (gasp!!) the kids!!
You may have heard of this on Pinterest or other websites. I’m very excited to give it to him. Here is a list of our dates.

1. March will be dinner and beer at an Irish pub in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

2. April will be a nursery crawl through all of the great nurseries Oregon has to offer

3. May will be dinner at a fancy Mexican restaurant for Cinco de Mayo

4. June will be dressing up nicely and wine tasting at all of the beautiful wineries Oregon has to offer

5. July will be dinner at a new fancy restaurant

6. August will be picnic in the park with ice cream after

7. September is the month we had our first date so we will have dinner at our first date spot and then some summer clearance shopping

8. October will be matinée movie and happy hour

9. November will be sushi at our favorite sushi restaurant and a walk-through fifth Street market

10. December will be Christmas shopping and dinner after

11. January will be coffee and book shopping at our local bookstore. This issomething we loved to do when we were wild and didn’t have kids!

12. February will be a brewery tour. Eugene has some of the best breweries aside from Portland and Bend and I feel like we have been missing out!!
Most of the dates probably sound pretty standard to you and not that exciting, but for your mama and daddy who don’t get out alone much, this will be heaven I’m so excited that our boys are part of making it. I’ve made it into an art project by having a theme. Each month we have cut out different shapes like a pumpkin for October and a cloud for April (because of course in the Pacific Northwest it’s always raining) and a wine bottle for the wine tasting month. It will be so fun to give to daddy since the boys had a ball helping.
We have a tradition every Valentine’s Day where we stay home and eat steak and lobster and ever since our oldest was born he’s involved in the process too. Its just such a fun tradition that we’ve kept and saves money in the long run.

So that’s what we’ll be doing on Valentine’s Day what will you and your sweetie be doing?

Crazy for Cloth Diapering Part 1: Brand and Style

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So to start this series off I will talk about the brand and style that we use. We use (get a pen this is a long one) Bumgenious All in One Freetimes. Wow! Say that 5 times fast!!

Let me begin by saying that I adore and (at times) despise this style all at once. You can’t go wrong with the Bumgenious brand but the Freetimes do take a little longer to dry.

As seen in the pictures above, they consist of the diaper shell and two “no stuff” liners that are sewn in!! It makes things so much easier for quick changing, day care, and reluctant grandparents. I love that you can fold the liners (see stitched lines) to make more absorbency where it’s needed. So it works great for boys and girls.

You can’t go wrong with any all in one diaper. No stuffing, no extra pieces to keep together, and just so simple.

They claim to fit babies from 8-35 pounds but I have to say they didn’t fit either of my babies until they were around 10 pounds. It’s literally 3 easy snaps on the front for sizing. I need idiot proof and these have for sure  accommodated me in that area :). I have tried other one size diapers where you have to sinch and button and measure and I just don’t have the time or patients for that.

Like I said, over all I love these diapers and wouldn’t go with anything else. My only complaint is that they literally take an entire night to dry. In the dryer they will be done in a normal cycle but I always hang dry my diapers so they last longer. (I will do another post on my wash schedule)

The only time I have had to deal with a leak is when it’s time to go up in size. Then I just change the snaps and there are no more leaks.

Now let’s talk about building your stash!! I had experience with bum genious before so I knew I wanted to go with this brand. I also knew I had to have all in one and I wasn’t willing own and entire stash of 3 different sizes of diapers so I also knew I needed one size. I ordered 24 and that has been the perfect amount for me. Some people do more but they go longer between washes and enjoy buying different designs.

Speaking of……..there are some adorable designs out there so it can be easy to get out of control with that. Maybe it’s because I have boys? Or because I’m kind of a minimalist? I just don’t get into buying every cute design out there. Come talk to me if our next baby is a girl and it may be a different story 🙂

So there you have it. My opinion of a great cloth diaper. Please do tons of research before buying. I look at buying cloth as an investment. You need it to be the perfect fit for your family and life.