After deciding to build a new home, we had to move from our old home sooner than expected and found ourselves moving in with family. Admittedly, I was concerned with washing our laundry in someone else's machine as I've heard many ‘horror’ stories about changing from your usual machine and routine to something entirely different. Thankfully the transition went smoothly! However, knowing what I know now I'd like to share a few important things that would have been helpful and saved a bit of a headache.
High Efficiency Front Loading Machines
These machines require much less detergent than a top loading machine (use too much and beware of stinky diapers!)
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
Switching from hard water to soft can present a challenge since you're accustomed to using slightly more detergent (detergents don't work as well in hard water). In soft water, detergent goes a long way! I also found additional rinses were not necessary.
A cloth diapering MUST HAVE! Not having the diaper sprayer meant I needed to find an alternative solution: Shake solids into the toilet and then wipe the rest with a bit of toilet paper. For those of you who are brave and do not have a diaper sprayer, I admire you. I am a wimp when it comes to poopy diaper!
Do use cloth! After considering not using cloth while I was staying in someone else's home because I was concerned with the wash factor, I thought about all the benefits of cloth and decided cloth outweighed my washing concerns.
It was good to bring extended family/friends into my ‘world of cloth diapering’ and now they too have had a positive experience in seeing cloth diapers in action. I got a lot of comments about how cloth diapers have changed and how cute they are! I know that I now won’t be the only one trying to get others to do cloth diapers; I have ‘converted’ others!
--By Andrea S.