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The Great Cloth Diaper Debate i.e. Paper Products, Anyone?

The great cloth diaper debate. We have all had it. Why do you do that? Doesn’t it cost a lot upfront? I don’t think I coud keep up with the extra laundry. That’s so gross! You have poo in your washer! You are using up water to clean them. You are going to spend money on detergent and extra water and electricity anyways! I have always given the same answers…less waste, pre-rinse, sposies use water during their production and effect water quality in landfills, detergent/water/electricity is still cheaper…blah. I just don’t understand why it is so hard for people to accept! Recently I had an experience with another disposable product that I feel almost everyone can relate to. Following my daughters first birthday party, we had tons of paper and plastic products left over. I decided to give myself a break from the dishes for a few days and use these up. Every single time I reached for those paper plates I cringed. Such a waste! It reminded me of my diapers. And then, flash! I had the perfect response to those naysayers. Most people use “washable” plates. There is an upfront investment to these. Sure, that pack of paper plates is so much cheaper at first, but after months of buying paper, you’re spending more! Most people acknowledge the sense of this, even after washing dishes…night, after night, after …

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Beyond the Diapers

Families have many different reasons for choosing to cloth diaper their kids. Many (like me) take the plunge in order to save money, some are in it to save the environment, others have no choice because of health concerns, sensitivities or allergies to disposable diapers, and still others just love the cute factor. Many of us find that beyond our initial reasons, we come to love all the many benefits that using cloth diapers have to offer, but why stop there? For our family using cloth diapers was a gateway to a whole world of “greener” living that lets us enjoy all the same benefits cloth diapers have to offer in many areas of our lives. If you are already using cloth diapers, cloth wipes are almost a no-brainer. Saving money and the environment, while using colorful, squishy, natural fibers against baby’s most sensitive area and being able to toss them into the same pail as your cloth diapers is a major win in all areas! You can wet them with one of the many wonderful wipes solutions Kelly’s Closet has to offer, make your own with coconut oil and natural baby soap, or just use plain water and you’re in business never having to buy disposable wipes again. Cloth isn’t just for babies either, if you want all the benefits cloth has to offer on your baby’s bottom, why …

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The Better Way

For several years before I got pregnant I worked at a conservation society. The society promotes conservation in many many ways — from using less electricity to recycling to walking/biking to work. As part of their information they had a bit about how long it takes for disposable diapers to decompose. I saw the number of years (500+, so, not a true number but a rough estimate since disposables haven’t been around 500 years) and quickly did some math and thought, “There has GOT to be a better way.” During this time several of my friends were having babies. I had a few friends who used cloth and several more who used disposables. I listened to both, the gripes and the adores, and occasionally listened to a debate between opposing sides. One thing that kept sticking out in the debates was the cost of disposables, one theme coming from both sides. I even had friends asking me if I could buy them disposable diapers in bulk at Costco since they were spending so much elsewhere. I quickly did some dollar and cents (or is it sense?) math and decided, “There definitely IS a better way.” Then I got pregnant and it was truly going to be up to me about if I wanted to use disposables or cloth. Since I’m trained as a researcher, I did research. I looked at …

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Vinegar and Baking Soda, the new Mr. Clean

When I first found out I was pregnant, many thoughts went racing through my head. There were so many different things that were not allowed from cleaners to medicines to jumping on trampolines (because that is something I do ALL THE TIME, I kid, I kid). As soon as morning sickness started to go away and I could stay away from the toilet for a prolonged amount of time, I started looking at Earth friendly household cleaners that were pregnant lady safe. I found a few and they seemed to work great but they were very expensive. It was at this time I started looking at cloth diapers. I was set on it from the get-go but dear hubby was not. He was very against it. I kept learning all I could about diapers while I researched other environmentally friendly household cleaners. How many of you know vinegar and all its uses in the home? What about baking soda? I found out early on these are the only cleaners I need in my house. Vinegar is a wonderful disinfectant and it also doubles as a window cleaner. I keep a spray bottle of half water, half white vinegar under the sink and use it to spray down the counters in the kitchen, bathroom, and many other surfaces. It also cleans windows to a lovely streak-free shine. And for those of …

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How a Fluffy Behind Led To a Greener Household

When trying to get pregnant with our first child I began to research cloth diapers. While finances were a greater influence than the environment in the beginning, I was shocked to realize how much waste a child created just in disposable diapers by age two, (approximately one ton). So we agreed to use cloth diapers, cloth wipes and washable wet bags and left it at that. But within months of my daughter’s birth things around our house began to change. Money was continually tight and I became very aware of every disposable item in our home. I resented the cost of paper towels, toilet paper, plastic snack bags and other such things. (I still hate buying kitchen trash bags given that when we put in out for garbage collection it is rarely full). Slowly, as my husband tolerated some of my strange ideas, I began moving forward with a few small changes to save money that have also led to a greener household. When my daughter began eating solid foods I decided that using papers towels or napkins to clean her up were going to be a huge waste and expense. So I used some cheap wash cloths instead. Soon after I planned to buy cloth napkins, but ended up being given some instead. We haven’t bought napkins in over a year. Then I cut up old T-shirts to wipe …

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