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Alternative Diaper Laundry Options

What can a family do if they want to use cloth diapers but do not have access to a washing machine? In this article, we discuss washing cloth at the laundromat or in a shared laundry facility and talk about alternative diaper laundry options.

Laundromat Diaper Laundry

For some families, the best option might be using a shared laundry facility or taking their diaper laundry to the laundromat. While lugging your diapers across town isn’t ideal it can be done. Many families who wash their diapers in shared machines opt to prewash their diapers by hand at home. This cuts down on the number of laundry cycles you have to pay for. If you rinse and wring out your diapers thoroughly it’ll also buy you some more time between wash days.

When washing your cloth diapers at the laundromat you might want to do a load of clothes in the … Read More

Thirsties Fish Tales Giveaway

We are feeling quite fishy this season! If you’re looking for something bright and summery to kick-start the season, Fish Tales is for you! Ultra-bright fish that pop right off the black background are paired with a beautiful, deep teal binding. Fish Tales is limited edition print in Duo Wrap (two sizes in hook & loop, three in snap), Natural Newborn All in One, Natural One Size All in One, Newborn All in One, One Size All in One, Natural Pocket Diaper, Pocket Diaper, regular lineup Swim Diaper (three sizes), Clutch Bag, Mini Wet Bag, Wet Dry Bag, and regular lineup Wet Bag.

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Signs You Need to Tweak Your Wash Routine

At Thirsties we always say diaper laundry does not have to be complicated: -Prewash on warm -Wash on hot -Add another rinse. However, during your cloth diapering journey, you may need to tweak things within your wash routine like load size, water level, detergent, amount of detergent etc. Here is a list of signs that indicate you need to tweak your wash routine as well as the possible causes behind them.

signs you need to tweak your diaper wash routine

Sign: Diapers stink after coming out of the dryer.

Potential Causes:

Diapers did not get clean enough.

  • not enough agitation
  • not enough water
  • not enough detergent

You need to clean your washing machine.

Groupies’ Experiences:

“I had to add in a towel to improve agitation. I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t coming out super clean, came to the groupies and looked through old posts and found that suggestion – works great!” -Krista C.

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Thirsties & ezpz Little Dishes for Little Hands! Giveaway

Happy Women’s Month! Did you know that Thirsties was started by a cloth diapering mom? Stay tuned to hear more about that on Thirsties blog, but first, let us tell you about a giveaway that we’re doing with ezpz, another family-owned company started by another entrepreneurial mom, Lindsey Laurain.

“We (ezpz) create developmentally-focused products that make mealtime less about mess and more about fun. Each product is tailored towards a specific age group and usage occasion, and the mat’s stable base helps baby/toddler to self-feed and meet key developmental milestones. We aspire for family mealtime to be a HAPPY, positive experience where memories are made!”

Lindsey and ezpz’s feeding specialist, Dawn, are passionate about helping little eaters and their families. Eating continuity can be key to fostering positive eating habits for some little eaters. ezpz’s First Food’s Set is perfect for little hands. Pairing these little dishes with Thirsties Simply Read More

#ThirstiesFallFlatLay Challenge 2019 Finalists

The #ThirstiesFallFlatLay Challenged encouraged Thirsties customers to get creative composing flat lays, pairing their favorite Thirsties products with items that spoke to them. A flat lay is a picture or video taken from a birds-eye view of a collection of items laid out on a flat surface. Throughout the fall season #ThirstiesGroupies captured and shared images and videos using the hashtag #ThirstiesFallFlatLay and in this article, we are happy to announce the challenge finalists!

Image by @fiddlinbarefoot on Instagram
Click here to watch this video by @minnicoops on Instagram
Image by Normalize Cloth on Facebook
Image by @macknzwood on Instagram
Image by @crazy4cloth on Instagram
Image by @omgitsbecki on Instagram
Image by @leaaharroyo on Instagram
Image by @ashersclothbum on Instagram
Image by @amanda_bacher on Instagram
Image by @laurenewatson on Instagram
Image by @southern_fluff_love on Instagram
Image by A. McClellan on Facebook

We were blown away by everyone’s entries. … Read More

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