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Monthly Archives: December 2012

I Choose to Re-Use

Photo credit: mypurlsofwisdom.wordpress.com

The three R’s:  Reduce, Recycle and Re-use.  I’m fairly good at reducing, I’m great at recycling but I have to remind myself to choose to re-use.

Making my own cleaning products, mostly from baking soda, washing soda, vinegar, citrus oils, Tea Tree Oil and colloidal silver has been fun. I’ve also made my own bar soaps from glycerin, oatmeal and Tea Tree Oil. But I’ve had to resist the temptation to go out and buy all new matching plastic spray bottles, containers and soap molds. I seem to be a natural consumer. I enjoy shopping. I like buying new things. I like having cute coordinating sets and pretty patterns. But I’m slowly changing my habits.

Over the years I’ve brought hundreds of bottles of all-purpose spray cleaners, window cleaners, disinfectants.  And as long as I’ve been able, I’ve recycled the containers they came … Read More

Deck the Halls With Dryer Balls

New Wool Dryer Balls

New Wool Dryer Balls (Photo credit: Dazed81)

Dryer balls: something I’ve come across time and time again when perusing cloth-diapering blogs, yet not something I’ve ever used. Here’s the little I do know about them.

Plastic Dryer Balls: I’ve seen these at the grocery story in the laundry section. They come in a package of two, they’re blue and they look like they belong in the aisle with the pet toys. Seriously. The package says they naturally soften clothes (by pummeling them around, I suppose?) and will decrease drying time up to 25%. I’ve never even been moderately tempted to buy any, maybe because I don’t use fabric softener and I’m perfectly happy with the softness of my clothes without it and maybe because I’m skeptical.

Wool Dryer Balls: I’ve also come across dryer balls in green living blogs because they also supposedly soften clothes, require less drying time … Read More

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2-Thirsties Duo All in One Cloth Diapers
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5 Tips on Getting the Best Fit out of Your Cloth Diapers

cloth diapers (thanks, Alison!)

cloth diapers (thanks, Alison!) (Photo credit: ethan.john)

You will want to make sure that your diapers are fitting well to ensure baby’s comfort and to avoid leaking. Below are some tips to help ensure a good fit.

Don’t try to size up to soon, or extend the diaper’s use beyond its capability. Using a diaper that is to big will cause sagging and gapping. Using a diaper that is to small will not offer enough absorbency, and will most likely be too tight.

Try before you buy. One kind of diaper will not work for all babies, as all body types are different. Also, a baby may fit differently in say a pocket diaper compared to an AIO diaper. You can use a trial program for trying different types of diapers. Also, whether the diapers are sized, one sized, or duo sized makes a difference in the fit.

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Traveling With Cloth: Mission Accomplished

About two weeks ago I packed up some shorts, some bathing suits and about half of our stash of Thirsties Cloth Diapers and Cooper and I flew from Colorado to Florida to visit my parents for a long weekend. As promised, I used cloth diapers on the plane and the whole time we were there. I packed my little bag of soap nuts to launder them with, thanks to a tip from a reader, and I was ready to go. And so was Cooper–to go Number One or Number Two, that is.

Our flight left before eight so we were up before dawn and driving in the dark. I had Cooper sleeping in his traveling outfit so I just woke him up, popped a clean Duo Fab Fitted and a cover on him and right on time, my sister and her 6 month old pulled up and we headed to … Read More