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Why Prepping Makes a Difference

I’m a very visual person. I cannot envision anything to save my life. My husband is great at envisioning. He can envision changing the furniture in our living room and see every detail down to the spacial dimensions. I, on the other hand, cannot. This is why I like conducting this little experiment on my cloth diapers.

I had received three prefolds over the summer. I gave my sister two of them to use on her newborn son and I kept one for myself. She used them consistently (it should be noted that she loved using the prefolds and how effective they were at keeping that slimy newborn poop in the diaper); so the prepped prefold that I am using as an example to show you the difference has been washed and dried (not always in a machine as she lives in an apartment with coin operated laundry) several times … Read More

What to Do in the Event of a Poopsplosion

A what?

 

Poopsplosion: A poop explosion, an eruption of poop

 

Is that really a word? It isn’t in the dictionary or on Wikipedia, but in the cloth diapering world, yes it is! This is not just a leak, or even a blowout, but an explosion that typically makes a lot of noise and a huge mess! There is no other word that describes it better, and when you have encountered one, you understand why it is called that. Sounds like something you want to deal with, right? Unfortunately, this may be an occurrence during the diapering stage, so please excuse the crudities and read on!

 

For those of you who have diapered for a while, I am sure you have your own story to tell. I remember one time in particular when this happened to me. We were on a road trip from Minnesota to Colorado. My … Read More

The Facts on High Efficiency Washing Machines

High Efficiency, or HE machines, can be top loading or front loading washing machines. Top-loading models look like standard machines from the outside, but like their front-loading cousin, they use different maymvwb750ywtypes of washing action to get clothes clean using less water and energy. Front-loading models are similar to machines used in Laundromats, which lift and drop clothing into the water instead of rubbing clothes around an agitator.

Many HE machines have sensors to monitor incoming water temperature and the weight of the load. They also rinse clothes with repeated high-pressure spraying instead of soaking them in a full tub of water.

Both top-loading and front-loading ENERGY STAR certified washers save resources such as gas, electricity, and water. They utilize faster spin cycles to extract more water out of the laundry, reducing dryer time and energy use.

HE Facts

Water

Traditional machines generally require enough water to cover all the … Read More

Cloth Diaper Safe Laundry Detergents

We have a list of recommended laundry detergents, but sometimes those detergents are not available to all consumers. These detergents will be free from brighteners, dyes, chemical fragrance, bleach, and fabric Fabric softenersofteners; as well as harsh ingredients. We wanted to give you another list of detergents that are CD safe, which you should be able to find at local grocery or discount stores. Of course, if you are close to a cloth diaper store, I would see what they carry first!

One of these should be available locally:

 

Bi-O-Kleen All Temperature, Liquid 

Bi-O-Kleen Laundry Liquid

ECOS Baby

ECOS Free & Clear 

ECOS Laundry Liquid

Dropps Liquid Laundry Pacs Dye and Scent Free

Tide Free (contains Brighteners)

 

The above detergents will be safe to use on cloth diapers, as will our list of recommended laundry detergents:

 

Allens Naturally Liquid*

Country Save Liquid

Ecover Liquid*

Ecover Powder*

Mountain Green Read More

Can You Wash Cloth Diapers in Cold Water?

With the increased awareness of the environment and sustainability practices, there comes the question as to whether htcwm_pic7cold water may be used to wash cloth diaper laundry. The environmentalist in me would like to say yes, don’t waste energy on hot water. After all, many detergents are now geared toward cold water washing. I use cold water on my dark laundry, and on anything that does not need a deep cleaning. I did try to use cold water on my towels, but they had an odor afterward. Maybe it was the detergent I was using, maybe it is the amount, maybe it just needs a longer cycle with more water. But if I have to wash my laundry longer and/or use more water, would that take out the sustainable benefit achieved from not using hot water?

Cloth diapers are certainly in a different category that most other laundry. They have … Read More