Dirty Laundry that’s okay to air online

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!

As Always,

love-

Miranda

The Basket

1 capful of Sol-u-Mel in prewash area, 3/4 tsp of Norwex in main wash, bleach to max line in bleach area.
1 capful of Sol-u-Mel in prewash area, 3/4 tsp of Norwex in main wash, bleach to max line in bleach area.
I keep this scoop in the glass jar in the background. That is where my Norwex detergent is.  3 scoops for diapers 1-2 for normal loads. That's $0.02/load or $0.04/load DOESN'T GET CHEAPER!
I keep this scoop in the glass jar in the background. That is where my Norwex detergent is. 3 scoops for diapers 1-2 for normal loads. That’s $0.02/load or $0.04/load DOESN’T GET CHEAPER!
Melaleuca's Sol-u-mel helps rid the smell from diapers too =]
Melaleuca’s Sol-u-mel
helps rid the smell from diapers too =]
right before entering the washer
right before entering the washer
Almost ready  for a fresh weeks worth of clean diapers!
Almost ready for a fresh weeks worth of clean diapers!
I'm thankful for piles of laundry it means my blessings are nearby =]
I’m thankful for piles of laundry it means my blessings are nearby =]
Heavy Duty settings that I use. Then DRY ON HIGH
Heavy Duty settings that I use. Then DRY ON HIGH
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Is today Monday still?

1 whole weeks worth of laundry for a family of 5.
1 whole weeks worth of laundry for a family of 5.
I climbed that mountain and came out on top! Next step getting it put away....psh yeah right. Maybe getting it to the rooms instead.
I climbed that mountain and came out on top! Next step getting it put away….psh yeah right. Maybe getting it to the rooms instead.
“MOM I’M GOING TO CRAWL. MOOOOOM!!!! I CAN’T GET DOWN”!!
Olivia says “get down you can’t do that yet, you’re too little”.
Instead of where's Waldo does anyone want to play where's Isabelle?
Instead of where’s Waldo does anyone want to play where’s Isabelle?
Oh, there she is! Good game.  Now where's that phone?
Oh, there she is! Good game. Now where’s that phone?
She did not want her picture. haha. But mommy got one anyhow of her using all my post it notes for O's
She did not want her picture. haha. But mommy got one anyhow of her using all my post it notes for O’s

Okay so Mondays usually begin with me waking up and immediately starting laundry. So yesterday that is exactly what I did. I got about 4 loads in and was messing around with starting up my blog when the hubby stopped in.  He usually doesn’t come home during the day, but he needed to change before going to pick up some more parts for his business.  Well as I am sitting in sweats, hair down, kids just put into their beds for nap he proceeds to tell me to finish getting ready because I am going with him.  I told him how I had too much to do and I didn’t want to ride with him to just go get parts a little over an hour away.  I was still determined to not go until he said I will take you out to eat. I immediately replied, “okay!” and then finished getting myself ready.  The girl’s went to “maw maw Cheryl’s” and we took Preston with us.  I guess as a farmers wife/agriculture business owner you have to take dates as they come even if they are trips to get parts. 😉 After picking up the parts we went to Texas Roadhouse and filled up on bread and salad, barely touching our main course when it came.  Because who wants to spend over $40 on a meal for 2 without having left overs? That’s how we roll haha. Don’t deny you either think it or actually do it to! Shout out to all the carb lovers!  We then came back and I picked up the girls.  This was after 9! Which is past bedtime, so I’m sure any mother of toddlers knows how a bedtime routine goes and if it goes past bedtime how awful it can become.  We had a bit of a struggle to get them to sleep, but when we finally did it was time to get to work….Canning tomatoes. Make sure you check out my “canning adventures” page to see some of my other canning items! So my Monday didn’t go as planned and ran really late.  So my Laundry day wasn’t so much of a laundry day which left the pile of clothes left you see in this post.  A whopping weeks worth of laundry for a family of 5!  So guess how I get to be “super mom” and get all that folded and organized? Why not let one kid use post-it notes to write her name, the other to terrorize a toyroom and one to get frustrated because he’s attempting to crawl and can’t.  We jammed out to the 102 Bible songs Vol. 1 CD. And then Olivia proceeded to tell me who taught her each of the songs that were played. haha. Some were Carla (a friend of hers from church) others were mother-in-law more commonly known as “maw maw Cheryl”, and my self.

I told how I would talk about laughs, tears, and tantrums.  Well we just had a tantrum by Olivia by me taking the computer chair to write this blog post.  And now she is laughing at Isabelle looking for her play phone in the toy room.  Who knows where it could be in that sea of mess.  If anyone has any tips as to how to get your children to pick up after themselves PLEASE give me your tips!  We have tried taking things away, time outs, bribes, chores, awards.  It doesn’t work.

Anyhow, not sure how often I will post to this so I guess keep checking back regularly! I just wanted to say, “is it Monday still”? with all the laundry and the way has felt.  Also, ladies- give up the clean house attempt.  I am NOT going to be afraid to show my REAL home. Mess and all. So for the faint of heart you may want to avoid future posts!

As always–

Love,

Miranda