Sometimes, moms can figure out some pretty amazing ways to resolve issues with their cloth diapers. After all, that’s why there are so many different methods for cloth diaper stripping. Other times? I see something come up that I just can’t get on board with using. The first time that I’d heard of CLR for cloth diaper stripping was over the weekend. [Read more…]
I have been feeling a lot of love for WAHMs as of late. Of course, my diaper dealer, Kerri of Cozy Bums, is a WAHM. I’m also enjoying cloth diapers made by several WAHMs as of late: Diapers by Chris, Ella Bella Bum, and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply (among others). There’s one important thing about all of these ladies: They are ethical WAHMs.
One of the best things about ordering cloth diapers from ethical WAHMs is that you can often get custom diapers. In fact, Diapers by Chris and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply pretty much exclusively do custom cloth diapers in lieu of setting up a store with weekly stockings. It’s pretty easy to get a unique, one of a kind diaper made to your specifications from them. It takes longer, of course, than ordering a ready made diaper from a weekly stalking, but that’s one of the trade offs of getting a completely custom diaper.
Ethical WAHMs take great pride in their work and building their fan base. [Read more…]
Cloth diaper co-ops. It’s a topic that’s been coming up lately. It’s been popping up here and there for years, but recently I’ve seen posts from Jennifer Labit on her personal blog and from Bummis on Facebook. I’m sure cloth diaper co-ops have popped up in other places over the last couple of months, but those two have been the ones that immediately registered with me.
I’m not going to come right out and oppose cloth diaper co-ops. The simple fact of the matter is that there are a wide variety of them and they are run by different people with different methods for different reasons. Really. How ethical a co-op is or is not depends entirely on who is running it.
But let’s look at the basic criticisms of cloth diaper co-ops. [Read more…]
The other night, I was wasting time on Facebook. I like to do that when I’m not chasing after my kids or trying to be mom of the year. A question that I thought was kind of funny popped up. She asked who was formula feeding and brave enough to use cloth diapers.
Wow. Obviously, my formula feeding days are long over since Eudora is approaching two and Norton is approaching four… but I certainly do have experience with formula feeding and using cloth together. I didn’t get the bravery part of it. It was just… how I did it. [Read more…]
Lately there’s been a trend: when someone asks about what to do for mineral build up, a suggestion to use Cascade for stripping diapers is offered.
Why Cascade for Stripping Diapers is Suggested
People often suggest using a product like RLR for stripping diapers of build up, stink, and other issues. According to Cadie’s MSDS for RLR, it is 100% pure sodium carbonate… which is washing powder. Prior to getting the MSDS, I would liken it to “washing soda on steroids.” This is still essentially correct, as Arm & Hammer washing powder is 85% sodium carbonate. RLR is roughly $2 per pack. [Read more…]
I’ve been on a lot of cloth diapering groups as of late. A lot. Sometimes I’m more vocal than others. I realized today, though, that I can never leave cloth diapering groups. Not because of the brilliant conversation, the opportunity to engage in “spirited debate” over the
virtues horrors virtues of bleach, or the opportunity to find more blog fodder… I can’t leave because I don’t want people to find that being low income is a barrier to cloth diapering.
“I don’t want to use some special cloth diaper detergent. What if I just use whatever I have on hand? Right now I think it’s Baby Purex.”
Don’t. As much as I love using cloth diapers, a lot of people who want to don’t because of the initial start up investment. I spent over $300 on diapers before my kid was even born, and that was with a volume discount. I made the mistake of using Tide Free and Clear because the directions said that they were okay. It took forever to get the stench out… and this was only after a month. I was constantly stripping my diapers (without really knowing what I was doing) trying to get the stench out after I switched to a cloth diaper safe detergent. I started using Country Save, and while my stinky cloth diapers didn’t stink any worse, they weren’t getting any better. [Read more…]
Lately, I’ve seen a whole lot of posts on Facebook groups about cloth diaper laundry routine changes. The posts are all the same. Again and again.
I am a Rockin’ Green evangelist. As far as I am concerned, Rockin’ Green is the best detergent out there. A large portion of my local cloth diapering community agrees. However, there’s one time that I will never recommend that someone try Rockin’ Green on their diaper laundry: when they have an effective cloth diaper laundry routine already. [Read more…]
I’m pretty sure we’ve all gone through this. You’ve pondered. You’ve looked over the pros and cons. You’ve seen the adorable cute fluffy bums. Then you take a deep breath and tell your partner that you’re considering starting cloth diapers. The more you talk about starting cloth diapers, the more people look at you like you’ve sprouted two heads.
Then you realize that starting cloth diapers can be confusing, overwhelming, and there’s a plethora of information out there. Some of it contradicts each other, which makes it even harder. [Read more…]