Since the release of Hard Rock, the response has been AMAZING, and there are a handful of questions that I hear from customers and fans time and time again. So I wanted to sit down and address some of the most common ones.

Why is hard water such a big deal?
There are many reasons that diapers can stink, and the majority of the time hard water is to blame. The trouble begins when you first add your detergent to the washer. Minerals in your water will look for anything to bond with, and the first thing they come in contact with is the soap/surfactant that is present in your detergent. The minerals will bind to the soap, essentially rendering your detergent useless. All that’s left is a handful of fillers and “gunk” that will either rinse away in the wash, or more often than not leave a coating on your diapers. After a few washes, your diapers start to stink because they aren’t getting clean. You then try to counteract this, by adding more soap….and then more still. Which leads to more gunk and buildup on your diapers.

And then to further exasperate the problem; those minerals will begin to coat your diaper, which leads to more stink or in extreme cases repelling.

Which is where Hard Rock comes into play. The patent pending formula was designed to counteract all of these hard water issues, and leave you with nothing but clean diapers.

How do I know if I have hard water?
85% of North America suffers from hard water, so chances are you are one of them. If you want to know if you have hard water, head to the nearest kitchen or bathroom. You may notice white spots or soap scum in your sink or shower. Dishes may come out of the dishwasher covered in white spots. Faucets and shower nozzles can get clogged periodically and the water flow can become restricted. Persistent stink issues that don’t go away even with stripping, may also be indicative of hard water. If you are in doubt, call your local water board or head over to your local pool supply store and pick up a pack of water testing strips.

Can I use hard rock, if I don’t have hard water?
If you are in the middle range, you can also benefit from using the Hard Rock version. We like to think of it as our “deluxe” formula. I would suggest that those that are unsure should try a sample of both the classic and hard rock to see which one works better for them.

Anything special I should know when I make the switch?
When you make the switch to Hard Rock, I would suggest “Rockin’ A Soak”. To get rid of built up minerals and left over detergent do the following:
  1. Fill your washer with hot water and 3 Tbsp of Rockin’ Green Hard Rock, along with your diapers.
  2. Let it soak for approximately 30-60 minutes (or even overnight). Then launder as usual, skipping the soap. If you have a HE machine, you may have to consult your manual but you can usually do a soak by pressing the start or pause button or soaking in your sink or bathtub. And then you can wash them as you normally would after that.
I would also suggest starting with the recommended dosage when you first start out. Most people struggling with hard water issues are used to using two or three times the recommended amount of soap. That’s not the case with Hard Rock. So start with 2-3 Tablespoons (or 1-2 for a HE machine) and let it do its work.

What about sensitive skin?
Don’t let the name fool you, Hard Rock works hard on hard water but is gentle on the skin. We tested in on our most sensitive of testers and didn’t have a single problem. I would suggest going with the unscented variety for those with known issues of course, but you don’t have to sacrifice clean diapers because of your little one’s sensitive skin.

By Kim- Inventor and Owner of Rockin' Green
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This week's Fluff Friday winner is Mindy!

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My family recently moved to a new house, and along the way inherited a beautiful front loading HE washing machine and dryer. I was very nervous, because although I was sure it was going to save me loads of laundry (it has), I was also sure that it would do my cloth diapers no justice. I heard that from people, but boy was I wrong!

Do not fear the front loading washing machine! It is your friend! Here is how I do my diaper laundry.

Step One: I put my diapers in and select the “Rinse/Spin” cycle. My machine automatically does this on a cold setting, but you could choose it if it didn’t. These machines give you LOTS of choices.

Step Two: I then add ¼ tablespoon of Charlie’s Soap (powder) to the tray. Charlie’s Soap is HE compatible, and because I was using ½ tablespoon with my “regular” washer, I went ahead and put less in. I have also been using less on our regular laundry, as instructed by my washer’s manual. PLEASE read your washer’s manual, it will give instructions on how much detergent to use…and remember cloth diapers always need less.**

Step Three: Select the “Heavy Duty” setting. This cycle washes my diapers hot and rinses them cold. It takes about an hour and twenty minutes. The first couple of times I used my machine I was using the “Sanitary” cycle thinking I was really getting my diapers clean. Then I read on the Kelly’s Closet website that setting could damage the PUL in my diapers. Did you know they have helpful hints at the bottom of their page? Check it out!

Step Four: I use Imse Vimse disposable liners in my diapers and if only urinated on, I go ahead and throw them into my wash and re-use them. Before I send my diapers into the dryer I pull these out and set them on top of the washer to dry out. If they don’t go through the dryer they work better the next time.

Step Five: After checking to make sure that any of my diapers that use Velcro/Aplix (such as my Thirsties covers/fitteds and my Kushies All-in-Ones) still have the tabs secured, I put them into the dryer. I have found that the front loading washer makes them come undone more than my other one did. I put my dryer on “Heavy Duty” setting which isn’t any hotter, just runs longer than “Normal/Casual” and gets my fitted diapers and All-in-One’s dry. In the summer I plan on line drying my diapers as it gives them a chance to sun (which gets out stains) and gives them a longer life.

That’s it! Not the nightmare I had heard about. When my son has had particularly “bad” diapers I will sometimes do a double rinse cycle before I wash them, but the HE washer uses less water so I don’t feel too bad about it. Remember to check with both your owner’s manual and your diaper’s manufacturer to make sure you are following the best recommendations for washing success.

By Jenney D.


**Important note: The general rule of thumb when it comes to detergents is to use ½ the recommended amount for your washing machine. Therefore, if the recommended amount is 1 ounce you would use ½ ounce. However, with Charlie’s Soap and a few other detergents which have been specifically formulated for use with cloth diapers (such as Rockin’Green, Tiny Bubbles, and bumGenius Detergent) you should use the detergent’s manufacturer recommendations for use with your cloth diapers and do not decrease the recommended amount!
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Just a friendly reminder that your May photos for the photo contest are due next Wednesday, May 26!! There is still time to capture an adorable photo of your baby and the “generations” that came before him. When baby is grown up, you and your child will be so happy you took the time to snap those precious photos with their great-grandparents, siblings or parents! …so take them. Now. And share them with us! Please submit your photos by WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, for consideration.

Please send your submissions to sarah@diapershops.com and remember a cloth diaper must be in the picture. The winner will be featured in the Kelly’s Closet May newsletter and possibly on the website!

*By submitting a photo, you authorize Kelly’s Closet to use the photo in the Kelly’s Closet newsletter, KellysCloset.com and The Cloth Diaper Whisperer blog.
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Cute Baby of the Cloth Photo Contest – Enter by Wednesday May 26!

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We are very excited to announce our newest contributor: Tereson Dupuy, founder and inventor of FuzziBunz will be joining us regularly to share her thoughts and perspectives on the cloth diaper industry, new trends and her insights after being in the business more than ten years!

Known as the mother of the modern cloth diaper, Tereson Dupuy invented the first pocket-style cloth diaper as a 28-year-old concerned mama. She later turned her invention into FuzziBunz cloth diapers, a popular brand of cloth diapers since 1999.

In addition, if you have any questions for Tereson, she’ll answer them for you here. Email them to sarah@diapershops.com with “Question for Tereson” in the subject line. Welcome aboard, Tereson!

BIO

Tereson Dupuy

Known as the mother of the modern cloth diaper, Tereson Dupuy invented the first pocket-style cloth diaper as a 28-year-old concerned mama. She later turned her invention into FuzziBunz cloth diapers, a popular brand of cloth diapers since 1999. As an inventor, business owner and mom to three, Tereson has many years of personal and professional experience in the cloth diaper industry, and she's excited to work with The Cloth Diaper Whisperer to offer her perspective on cloth diapering trends and insights.
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FuzziBunz Inventor Joins The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

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When: Thursday, May 20th
Time: 9pm ET – until we get your diapers clean!
Location: Twitter – using hashtag #ClothDiapersROCK
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Join us for a dirty little evening as we talk about cloth diapering laundry with Rockin’ Green Soap, BuddhaBunz, and FuzziBunz®. Learn secrets from the pro's about how to get and keep your cloth diapers looking brand new.

Registration: To be eligible to win great prizes from our sponsor-
1. RSVP by leaving your Twitter handle/username on the party page where it says Click here to enter.
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3. If you would like to receive updates and reminders about this (or future) parties or special offers post-party from our sponsors please subscribe to the NEW Eco Chic Parties newsletter using the link in the sidebar.
4. Sit back and tweet with us during the party as we help you solve your cloth diapering laundry dilemas.

Prizes:
Party prizes will be awarded randomly during the party and will include full sized bags of Rockin’ Green Soap, FuzziBunz® One Sized cloth diapers, FuzziBunz® wet bag, BuddhaBunz dryer balls, wool wash, and more!.

Stay and chat with us to the end and you might even win the Grand Prize – The ROCKIN’ YOUR BUNZ Prize Pack! This prize pack will include a full sided bag of Rockin’ Green Soap, one FuzziBunz® diaper sprayer, 1 pair of BuddhaBunz dryer balls, and one FuzziBunz® one-sized diaper.

Winners will be selected using www.random.org from all party attendees who RSVP as stated above. Must be 18 or older to register. Open to residents of the US and Canada.

I hope to see you this Thursday night for #ClothDiapersROCK!

XOXO - Calley
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Formerly @EcoMomMedia

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#ClothDiapersROCK Twitter Party, Thursday, May 20th

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Perhaps the number one thing people say when you mention that you cloth diaper is, “What do you do with the poop?”

Good question; what do you do with the poop? If you’ve ever looked closely at the small print on the packaging of disposable diapers, you will find that they recommend that you dispose of the solid waste in the toilet. Does anyone you know actually do this? I can honestly say I only know one person who does. Most people are unaware of the fact that you are not supposed to dispose of human waste in your household garbage, but with the countless households that are unaware of this, it happens all the time without much thought. But getting back to the question about poop and cloth diapers, the answer is the same as disposable diapers - you dispose of it in the toilet.

It’s really not as gross as one might think, especially with the help of several cloth diapering accessories that I can’t live without: liners (both disposable and cloth) and my diaper sprayer.


Brendan, my two year old, has a slight lactose intolerance that not only gives him bright red cheeks after ingesting lactose, but also gives him stickier poop. Whereas, I do my best to limit the non lactose free dairy products from his diet, it is difficult to cut it out all together all the time. To help make his diaper changes easier, I have found that using liners solves our problems. I use both Bummis Bio Soft Disposable liners, as well as reusable Bummis Fleece Liners. The disposables are great for when we’re out and about or for when I know without a doubt he is going to poop. After the diaper change, I simply toss the poop and the liner in the toilet and let it sit until the next change. (We have a septic system and I want the liner to break down a bit before flushing it into the system.)

If the liner is just wet, I simply toss it in the garbage can. When I use the reusable fleece liners, I rinse off the poop with my diaper sprayer, just as I would a cloth diaper. I’m a real stickler for not putting a diaper in the pail with any poop on it, so I then follow up by rinsing the diaper off as well before putting it in the pail.


By Katrina!
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Once you start to see the many advantages of modern cloth diapering, it really isn't hard to make the decision to switch. But what about newborn diapers? If you learn about the options when your baby is older, you might jump right in, purchasing a complete system that meets your needs. However, starting from scratch with a brand new baby can be an entirely different story. You definitely want to save money, so a one-size system looks appealing. However, any experienced cloth diapering parent will freely admit that one-size diapers don't really fit newborns that well. That is where newborn diapers come in. Regardless of what system you ultimately decide on, it's worth the money to invest in an initial batch of diapers that really fit your little one during those first precious weeks.

Why Bother?
When you use a one-size system, they are certainly designed to be used on small babies. However, when you look at how they accomplish the smaller size range, you begin to see the advantages of using newborn diapers for those first months. A one-size diaper always has the same amount of fabric to distribute around your baby's body. For smaller sizes, adjustments are made to the rise and waist measurements, but that fabric has to be stuffed somewhere. As your baby grows, it won't be as much of an issue. But for newborns that is an awful lot of bulk! In addition, if you have very tiny newborns, a one-size diaper may not accommodate them at all- most designs will work with a baby that is around ten pounds, leaving a gap in your diapering plan. Newborn diapers provide a more customized fit when your baby is tiny.
What Are the Options?
Most newborn diapers will be a fitted diaper that will require a separate cover. The most popular newborn diapers are offered by the Kissaluvs diapering brand. Their newborn diapers are designated as a size 0 and will fit from about 5 lbs all the way to 15. This means that even if your baby is premature, or you just tend to have little newborns, this diaper will accommodate your needs. The waist and leg elastic keep messes well contained, and the design allows for the diaper front to be secured out of the way while the umbilical cord heals. Plastic snaps keep these newborn diapers tightly closed and only the softest fabric ever touches your newborn's sensitive skin.

If you prefer an AIO type, brands such as Rumparooz offer newborn diapers with many of the features mentioned above, including umbilical cord accommodation. Every parent wants what is best for their baby, which is one of the reasons why cloth diapers are growing in popularity. If you are beginning your adventure with the birth of your child, or haven't yet cloth diapered a newborn, it's a great time to look at newborn diapers. They allow the ultimate in fit and flexibility in Cloth Diapers while your baby is still tiny.
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Why Choose Newborn Diapers?

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