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!!