Adventures in Cloth Diapering: Washing Disposable Diapers

Adventures in Cloth Diapering- Washing Disposables

Ok, I’m actually shocked that this is the first time that we have washed a disposable diaper. But it’s gross. And everywhere. And it was a poopy diaper too. Ick. Here’s what happened…

We use our big diaper pail to keep the dirty cloth diapers and the kids’ clothes, and we wash them all each night. We put the poop, disposable wipes, and disposable diapers in a separate bin to throw away each day. Well, this week I was a little tired, and I threw away one of the disposable diapers that I used on David (he had a rash that needed to be treated with some products that can’t be used with the cloth diapers). I didn’t realize my mistake until after we ran through the diapers and clothes in the wash.

At 11:30 PM, Tim went to move the diapers into the dryer, and I heard a loud sigh and groan. I walked over to Tim and the washer, to find him with a handful of jelly pellets. I immediately knew what had happened. That’s from inside the disposable diaper. Ugh!

We quickly went to work. I started scooping out the jelly pellets and other dirt and grime (did I mention that that diaper was a poopy diaper too?) from our front-loading washer and Tim researched how to remedy the situation. That jelly substance was ALL OVER the cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and clothes. Here’s what our research told us to do:

  1. Clean the solid substance as much as you can out of the washer.
  2. Run it through the rinse cycle 2 times with nothing in it (no items and no soap).
  3. Run it through 1 bleach cycle to clean it.
  4. Run your washer as normal.
  5. Try to shake off as much of the jelly on the clothes as possible.
  6. Put the clothes in the dryer. The lint trap will catch most of the dried residue.
  7. Once the washer is clean, run the clothes through the washer and dryer again.
  8. You may have to strip your cloth diapers.

This happened last week. I am happy to report that after doing this cleaning, all diapers are good to go and we haven’t had any problems since!

Adventures in Cloth Diapering: The First Two Days

Adventures in Cloth Diapering- The First 2 Days

Well, on our first day of CDing (last Wednesday), it was a leaky mess. Turns out those prefolds that you get from Babies R Us are really poor quality and don’t absorb at all. After a quick bit of research and help from lots of friends that also CD, we confirmed that.

So we switched back to disposable for a couple of days so I could research more and get a game plan.

Enter a child consignment sale where I found about 20 pocket diapers (various brands) and some covers for about $120. Score! I figured that it would be enough to try them out a bit more and really get a chance to see if we liked them. If not, we could always sell our stash.

Day 2 of Cloth: Let’s just say that I love the look of Audrey and David in cloth. Those big fluffy butts are just totally precious. And with the microfiber inserts, it definitely was much more absorbent. Tim and I both cleaned our first poops (the big test), and it wasn’t bad at all! I think we are hooked!

In addition, I went back in to our local cloth diapering store Franklin Goose, and they hooked me up with some amazing 100% cotton prefolds and fleece liners. They are going through the wash now, so I will be reporting on them again soon.

In the meantime, I have learned so much in the past week, such as the difference in types of cloth diapers, the varieties of methods of cleaning, various schools of thought on cloth diapering, what can/cannot touch your child’s skin, how different materials absorb, and much more.

I have also learned that it’s really important to have a few trusted people and communities to go to with questions. I have read in forums about using bleach to clean diapers, but something about it made me very uneasy. Even if it’s highly diluted and gets washed afterwards, it just didn’t feel right. The whole point of our family CDing was to get away from chemicals. So why would I introduce something that harsh into our diapering?

After talking to Sheri at Franklin Goose, I felt much better about my decision to skip using bleach. Over time it would break down the diapers, causing us to buy more. Now, if the STORE that SELLS these cloth diapers is encouraging us NOT to buy more, then I feel like I can trust their advice. Instead, Sheri offered that if anyone has questions, we should not hesitate to call and ask questions. She said that they have customers from states away that will call in to ask questions, and they love helping out whenever possible. Customer service is such a big aspect of the shopping experience for me. I will happily pay a little more for good service and good quality!

Stay tuned for more on our #adventuresinclothdiapering

Adventures in Cloth Diapering: A Beginning

Adventures in Cloth Diapering- A

Before I got pregnant with our twins, I dreamed of cloth diapering. But I didn’t want to clean the poop. There is a service here in our area that will pick up and clean your soiled prefold diapers so you don’t have to worry about it. That seemed perfect for us!

Then when I found out we were having twins, I quickly put aside the dream of cloth because I understood that I would have a lot on our plate to get used to two babies at once instead of just a singleton. That’s ok! I was being totally realistic.

And then I fell in love with Young Living essential oils. It was my second step into crunchy-dom, as I was already making the majority of the twins’ baby food at that point (about 6-8 months old at that time). I loved being able to have a more natural and chemical-free environment in our house. I became even crunchier when I turned the love of EOs into my One Breath at a Thyme business.

Then, a few days ago, my cloth dreams resurfaced when I was talking to an online group of mommies about their babies and the metallic smell of their child’s wet disposable diapers. Someone spoke about that probably being the chemicals from the diaper reacting to the urine. I realized very quickly that I knew that smell all too well. Ew. That was not what I wanted for my family.

But our babies are 15 months old. Who knows how much longer they will be in diapers! 4 months? 2 years? I couldn’t go out and buy all new diapers for them! So instead, I decided that we would work with what we have already and purchase the bare minimum.

We have about 60 prefold diapers that we used as burp cloths when the babies were younger. 30 each. That will do to start! Then I just needed to get covers. I went to a local cloth diaper and all-things natural store called Franklin Goose (Shout out FG! Love you guys!) and got a quick tutorial. With 3 covers (1 main one for each child + 1 extra) and 2 Snappi fasteners, I was ready to start!

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We had some fun last night (the night before the adventure started) with “pretending” to wear our cloth diapers. Hopefully you saw our silliness on Instagram!

 

 

 

 

And then, today the Adventures in Cloth Diapering began!

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I promise we will update as we get the hang of what we are doing with the wipes and the prefolds and get more experience! For now, I’m sure I’m doing a hundred things wrong, so I’d rather wait until I get a better feel of it.

Do you have any advice for us as we tackle this new adventure?

Review: Buttons Diapers

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

This post contains affiliate links.

I was really excited when I found out that I would be receiving a Buttons cloth diaper to review. Back even before I was pregnant, I really wanted to use cloth diapers with our baby to help with the environmental impact of 8+ diapers a day. Then I found out we were having twins, and I knew that my cloth diapering plans might have to go on hold until we got a grasp of having two babies at once. Then, once things settled down (do they ever with twins?), we could move on to our cloth diapering dream.

I thought that by receiving the Buttons diaper, it might start us off on the road towards this new adventure.

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This is the description by the company:

Buttons Diapers are a two-in-one diaper system: wipe-able, waterproof PUL covers that adjust with snaps to fit babies from 9-35 lbs. Our absorbent inserts are made of microfiber and moisture-wicking fleece, and snap right into Buttons diaper covers. Inserts come in 2 sizes with a nighttime doubler option as well. We have a 5-star rating on Amazon.com, and our customers love how well-made, cute, and affordable our products are.

When you receive a diaper from Buttons ($11), you will get the cover (ours was “pebble” gray so we could use it with either baby)

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and two inserts (only one shown with the cover).

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Right now, Miss Audrey weighs about 8 lbs, and the diaper is for 9 lb+ babies. It fits her fine around the waist, and I love that it has so many snaps. This means that the diaper grows with the baby. The biggest issue was the legs, as I felt like it didn’t have as tight a closure around them, and I did not want to have the chance for explosions out the sides. As you can see from the pictures below, Aud is still a little small for the diaper, as it was a bit bulky on her frame.

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I think, though, once she grows a bit more (and I have time to figure out how to best snap it so it fits her the best), this could be a good diaper choice for her. I love the material that the cover is made out of. It seems like, once it fits her securely, it is going to do a good job of holding in any potential explosions. The diaper inserts are made of an extremely soft microfiber, and they seem thick enough to really absorb well and pull it away from their bodies. I’m excited to try it more once they get bigger!

To find out more about the company, you can visit their website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or Pinterest boards.

Now, get ready for some Audrey cuteness!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.