Reposting a popular post…My semester is done this weekend and I’ll be back in action next week! yahoo!
It makes me shudder, the amount of disposable cloths, paper towels, rags and diapers some people go through.
Cloth diapers are one thing, as they take more of a commitment, you sort of need to have a parent or caregiver at home, and if you don’t have a washing machine, it’s going to be a heck of a time!
These are a basic cloth prefold that we’ve used from the time Mac was 4 days old! We have terry towel cloths we use as liners for extra absorbancy and this has been very effective for us. We use Thirsties Duo Wraps for covers and they are amazing. Instead of 4 sizes, there is 2 adjustable sizes. We have cloth wipes that we use when we’re at home, but bring disposable wipes in the diaper bag, as it’s not always possible to find a water source when you’re out.
For drying our hands and dishes, we use dish towels, and wash them whenever they are wet or dirty. I can’t imagine the amount of paper towels we would go through if we used them! The expense, let alone the garbage, makes me shudder.
100% cotton is the most absorbant!
For washing dishes, I use a good scrubby brush and dish clothes. These are used for everything from wiping Mac’s hands, washing dishes, cleaning up spills and wiping counters!
When it comes to cleaning, I have cleaning rags. Again, I don’t use paper towel for cleaning either. For about $5 at the lumber store you can get a bag of rags. They are off cuts of wrongly sewn sweatpants and sweatshirt type clothing. I cut them into about 8″ square pieces, as I find them the best size. An alternative is getting a ‘rag bag’ from the thrift store, or cutting up old t-shirts. As for cleaning spray, I use vinegar and water in a spray bottle, with a ratio of about 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. This works brilliantly and is super cheap. I clean counters, toilets, sinks, etc with this.
Now the one thing you MUST know about using lots of cloth in the home, is having a fantastic detergent. Especially with cloth diapers.
Why do I need a good detergent? Well, most detergents coat your clothes to repel water. This is good for clothes, but not so for diapers and cleaning rags! I use Rockin’ Green Diaper Detergent for ALL of our laundry. It’s amazing. I can’t rave enough about it. While it is on the pricier side because the shipping to Canada is $25 for 6 bags, it is free shipping for purchases over $75 if you live in the States! I use just 1 tbsp for our regular laundry and just a bit more for diapers. I cannot tell you enough about this, you have to go order a sample, if not a bag! My sister has hard hard water that leaves marks on her clothes, and with this, she doesn’t get them anymore. My other sister soaked her fiance’s work socks that she had already washed in a different deteregent, in Rockin’ Green, and the colour of the water that came out of them was repulsive.
My guilty statement? I keep a roll of paper towel around for draining bacon! *Hand Slap* I’m so bad!
I am not in any way endorsed by Rockin’ Green, just trying to pass on the good word to other people!