Cloth Diapering

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Comment by Cherylyn on February 2, 2010 at 7:47am
I'm excited because I worked out a trade for some used cloth diapers and I'm trying out some different types. I now have 2 BumGenius AIO, a FuzziBunz pocket and some Mother-ease fitted diapers. I'm not thrilled about fitteds because I prefer to have a waterproof layer right on the diaper, but I'll try them anyway. I'm using the pockets and AIO diapers as my designated diaper bag stash since they are easier to use when you're out and about, and easier for other people to figure out how to use (like grandma's and babysitters). At home we primarily use prefolds and my home made covers.

This is a little off topic, but kind of relevant to the group, I think. Have any of you ever made your own cloth menstrual pads? If you have, do you have a sewing pattern you can share?
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Comment by ERIN WITTHUN on January 13, 2010 at 9:16pm
Thanks for all your information. I was leaning toward getting a front loader. Will look for the extra rinse cycle. Some have a sanitary cycle is that benificial to have? I am really excited about CDing. I have a great place where I have bought my diapers. It's called Nicki's Diapers in Madison or New Glarus, WI. Thay have a great selection.
Comment by Cherylyn on January 13, 2010 at 12:05pm
I have an OLD Maytag top loading washer that I used for all of our laundry, and it works great for diapers. I do 1/4 detergent for a cold wash, 1/4 detergent for a hot wash, and the extra rinse, and we have no problems. I honestly don't think the type of washer matters that much, but I haven't tried a front loader or HE washer to compare.
Comment by Bonnie P on January 13, 2010 at 11:39am
Erin, the only feature that our washer has that I've really enjoyed is the extra rinse cycle. Good for you for wanting to try cloth! We've been at it for 15 months now and still love it!
Comment by Jennifer Frankel on January 12, 2010 at 6:38am
In our experience, a front loading HE type washer has been best. We had top loader/traditional washers when diapering our eldest two kids, a LOT of water used-frustration with odors and MULTIPLE wash cycles to get things clean. I can't even believe how much cleaner the diapers are this 3rd time around even with significantly less water being used! I think the "max extract" cycle spins out so much more that even our really thick diapers are odor free! And you save on laundry detergent (using only 1Tbsp per load) and water. Our is a Maytag Neptune (a few years old anyways) but works GREAT!! We run cyle on cold with 1 Tbsp Method Squeaky Green liquid and a second cycle HOT with 1 Tbsp Method and 1 Tbsp BioKleen Oxygen bleach powder, with a second rinse. No stains, no odor, some diapers were not even sprayed off (BMs) before the wash (travel bag). Our baby is 6 months old and still BFed solely, so solid BMs aren't really an issue yet.
No "special features" really. I guess the Max Extract in the spin down after the rinse is key if you want to line dry or save on dryer time.
Cloth is a good investment for your child, the environment and your budget!! We are using the cloth we bought for our 1st child 8 years ago--only replacing some covers along the way, so VERY economical, even if you throw in the cost of a washing machine;)
Comment by ERIN WITTHUN on January 11, 2010 at 8:16pm
My husband & I are going to buy a washing machine for cloth diapers. I need suggestion on brands and special features. Top loaders vs. front loaders. My baby is coming at the end of Feb. and I want to use cloth diapers instead of disposables.
Comment by Jennifer Frankel on November 10, 2009 at 7:56pm
We've been cloth diapering since 2002 and have found that BioKleen laundry powder (with oxygen bleach) or Method Squeaky Green liquid Rice and Mallow Extract with a tablespoon of BioKleen Oxygen Bleach powder works best. We only use about a Tablespoon of laundry powder or a half oz of liquid detergent to run the wash. We run 2 cycles, the first one cold, second run HOT with an extra cold rinse. We use a variety of Chinese prefolds, Motherease Sandy's diapers, and Re'Uzms AIOs. Our covers get washed in with the diapers, but you can separate them out and run them with the babies clothes instead. Covers: Motherease airflow, LiteWrap, Bummis.
PS NO stains and NO odor. We rinse solids off with a sprayer attachment at the toilet. No rinsing of wet only diapers, into the pail it all goes (has a vented lid to prevent mildew). Laundry every 2-3 days.
Comment by Jayna Vincent on October 25, 2009 at 8:54pm
The only concern I have with Rockin Green Soap was that it lists fragrance in the ingredients list... I haven't tried it yet... but my friend switched from Charlies to Bum Genius's new soap and seems to be liking it so far. I dunno what ingredients are in there either. Hey does anybody have a CD friendly detergent recipe?? It seems like it would be so simple to make but I know you can't use actual soap.... Any ideas?
Comment by sonja lange on October 25, 2009 at 7:49pm
I love every scent I have tried so far...but my favorite is cherry almond. The smell is really light, you won't smell it after you wash, if you did, then it would defeat the purpose of washing ALL of the soap out right!

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