Washing Cloth Diapers

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Washing cloth diapers doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt. Once you get into a routine and find the most convenient methods for your living space, it’s really not too difficult. It’s definitely worth the money saved and not having to run to the store for new diapers.

Previously, I talked about all the great benefits of cloth diapers, particularly using cotton terry squares. Now, I want to share with you how to keep them hygienic and stain-free.

Homemade Washing Powder Recipe

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So, I finally decided to try making homemade washing powder, and I’m so glad that I did. This stuff works really 100 times better than any washing powder or detergent I have ever bought.

The tea tree oil has great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits. Great for washing cloth diapers or any items contaminated with yeast. Also great for getting funky smells out of stored clothes and sheets.

This powder is also great for washing cloth diapers, particularly if you’ve had issues with yeast or fungal skin infections.

What is Greenwashing?

greenwashing explained.

Have you ever been fooled by Greenwashing? Have you ever even heard of greenwashing before?

Since becoming really interested in the health effects of certain substances used in food and body products, I’ve become more and more aware of the deceptive labeling many companies utilize to fool consumers.  The move toward protecting our bodies and the environment is being hijacked by corporations to make a quick buck.

Meanwhile, they undermine the movement with unsustainable practices, whilst taking money from those who want to protect the planet. They use many tricks including confusing terminology like “biodegradable” and words that have strong meaning for consumers like “natural” “good” “pure” to hide the nasty ingredients in fine-print on the back.

With these labeling tricks they inflate the price of still-toxic products to make more money for themselves.  Here’s a guide to understanding and identifying greenwashing, and all the reasons such products should be avoided.

How to be more environmentally conscious (without spending money)

40+ ways to be more eco friendly that are free or will save you money

For some people, living an eco friendly lifestyle may seem daunting or out of reach, and many would think of it in economic terms. Organic costs more, natural fibers cost more, installing solar has a big upfront cost/im renting and can’t make modifications, etc. My belief is that any change toward a more conscious lifestyle is better than none, and small things can still make a difference.

Here’s some ways you can be more environmentally conscious which are free, low cost or can save you money on things you already purchase.

10+ Reasons to Diaper Your Baby the Old Way

10 important reasons to diaper your baby the old way

 

I am sure there’s a lot of people who don’t like the idea of cloth diapers, particularly the toweling kind as opposed to the new modern ones. I chose to diaper my baby the old way.. I hate spending money on things that I know I’m just going to put in the garbage. It seemed senseless to me to be buying something that my child is only going to poop/pee in and then needs to be thrown out. I also didn’t want my sons first legacy to the earth to be a mountain of landfill. Yeah, I looked into the overpriced “biodegradable” diapers, and I have some bad news. If you’re putting them in the garbage and sending them to landfill, you’re not doing the environment any favors. there is not much decomposing going on in landfills due to lack of airflow. Those of you who know about composting will know that airflow is essential for efficient decomposition. if your heap doesn’t get turned, it will stink and decay very slowly. No matter what goes into a landfill, it’s not going to breakdown any time soon, so, unless you’re composting those biodegradable diapers yourself, you’re essentially paying more to only feel like you did something good when in reality you’re still contributing to the problem.
When I looked into cloth diapers I wasn’t expecting it to be easy, but it was something that I wanted to do anyway. I can say now I’m so glad that I’ve done it, and it’s not as difficult as I expected. It is well worth it for the saved money, the lessened environmental impact, and not having your child suffer with nasty diaper rashes caused by synthetic materials and the moist, non-breathable environment that disposable diapers create.

Here’s my top reasons to choose cloth…