Dirty laundry has it’s place and the internet certainly isn’t one of them. Unless, of course its cloth diaper dirty laundry. In that case air it all over the place!
I started looking into cloth diapers when I was pregnant with Olivia. Over 3 years ago! And the cloth diapers I chose are still holding up! You might wonder what brand/type/style did I choose. Well, I chose BumGenius All in One Elemental diapers. 3 years ago they had a different Elemental diaper which is now considered the “original” that’s the kind I have. I wish they wouldn’t have changed it, but they did. Anyhow, I will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS recommend BumGenius. After all, they have lasted me 3 years and I do not take care of my cloth diapers like some cloth diapering momma’s do.
Now let me explain. This post is not for the faint of heart or queasy stomachs. If this is you PLEASE go visit some of my other posts =]
I never used a diaper sprayer. I just kind of plopped the poop into the toilet when we had a “dirty” diaper. I wouldn’t even spray it with anything. WHAT?! That’s right, I’m a lazy cloth diaper mom and I do it to save money. Not to keep spending money on diaper sprays and all that other mumbo jumbo they try to sell. Which in my case made cloth diaper researching a scary big deal. And it didn’t have to be. I got so discouraged about how people were saying how easy it was but yet had all these guidelines and instructions to use them. Like hello a disposable you put on and throw away what’s more simple?
Anyhow after I decided to buy a pack of BumGenius Elementals I thought I would “prep” them and then just see if I really needed the other stuff. That way it truly was simple. After 3 years I will recommend a diaper sprayer. It would’ve made life simpler, but we did get along without one.
How I prepped them: I washed them about 3 times before Olivia was born and air dried them each time. I did use a normal detergent like Tide. (which the companies will tell you that you need to use their detergent. Which to me seemed to cost and arm and a leg). So I just used a normal detergent.
Once she was born I waited until her poo was a little bit more firm until I started using them. Then we used them at home and disposables at night and on the go. Same when Isabelle was born. Olivia wore them through potty training! And Izzy is still wearing them and Preston is about to go in them now that he is outgrowing the sizes that a friend of mine let me borrow.
Anyhow I want to encourage people to find the right “fit” for them. So if you think stuffing is the way to go then go right ahead and order some! I’ve used those too and find no faults in them! Just more time consuming to me. I highly recommend a One-Size diaper. Mine go from 8lb-35lb which saves money! And that is a typical size range for One-Sized diapers.
An advantage to cloth diapering is your little on is sure going to have a cute bum. And I personally think it’s okay to splurge for 1 or 2 prints =] I bought 12 diapers to begin with and that was enough for 1 child and laundering every 2-3 days. Then when I put Izzy in them we quickly realized we needed more. So now I have 24! That lasts me a good amount of time. And now that Izzy is just in them by herself until I transition Preston over I go about a whole week without washing. This is where I said the faint of heart and queasy need to not read this post. haha. I know that’s super gross, but she’s half potty trained and poops in the potty so we mainly just have wet diapers that sit. So now that I’ve given you some insight to a lazy momma’s cloth diapering routine want to know what will drive some momma’s crazy? How I care for them. As if letting them sit for one whole week and not rinsing wasn’t enough–I’m sure they will gasp and roll their eyes at this. But hey they aren’t lazy I am. So kudos to you ladies & gents who properly take care of your own. I salute you!
Miranda’s Diapering 101
–Norwex laundry detergent curious as to what it is click here
Norwex detergent costs me $0.04/load with hard water and a front load HE Washer
-Melaleuca’s Sol-u-Mel stain fighter (if you’re interested in ordering Melaleuca please comment on her and I will direct you to my Mother-in law who sells it! =]
–Bleach..yep I said it-BLEACH!
Alright so I take my basket of dirty diapers and put them into the washer. I then add Sol-U-Mel into the “pre-wash” compartment. Next I add 3/4 tsp.
of Norwex Laundry detergent and then fill the “bleach” compartment to the max fill line. I set my washer on the “heavy duty” cycle and let it go to work.
So do I line dry every time? Nope. Seldom…well actually maybe I have 10 times in the 3 years I’ve used them. I dry them on HIGH. GASP.
So there you have it folks there’s my “incorrect” way to launder cloth diapers and my recommendations for them. I just wanted to let you know it doesn’t have to be a scary journey researching them. And even not taking care of them “correctly” can still save you money and be a great choice for you! Feel free to comment on here with questions!