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Cloth diapering Qs HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11981 posts
status 21st May '13

So I really want to cloth diaper this baby,I didn't have a laundry room with my son so it was out of the question.



I'm leaning toward one size pocket diapers (alvas) my other choice would be AIOs and I know I'll needs around 30-40 to start for the first 6ish months (plus inserts)



I'd like to by them new but I know it's more expensive,so for about 40 diapers I'd be looking at $200-300?
How much
When it comes to washing them do you NEED hot water? My house doesn't have a hot water hook up for the washing machine
And I also have hard water,will this be an issue?
What's the best detergent to use?
Are Pails or wet bags better?



I really want to but I don't want to mess it up by doing something wrong lol



Any advice would be awesome (I like to plan ahead,so I can figure out how much I'll need to spend)

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
21st May '13

I hand wash my diapers pretty much nightly and I only use the hot water from the tap. Unless I strip my diapers then I boil several pots of hot water.

I use laundry tarts, right now I have RG but I hate it a lot. lol

I spend about 130.00 on all of my stash, and I have roughly 60.00 diapers, all pockets, then I have about 15 covers 10 prefolds and 20 flats (receiving blanket flats)

I hang dry over my tub in the winter and outside in the nice weather.

I use wet bags and only have. You dont need hot water, but it is nice. I know a few ppl who only do cold washes and have no issues.

Dana +4 4 kids; Ontario 951 posts
21st May '13

Look into giggle life diapers or Kawaii. I currently have giggle life and they are awesome. I have ordered some more from kawaii to try them out because they look even better. NO leaks, even after 13 hour nights. They are meant to be washed in cold water. And I used regular tide powder and it works great. I hand wash them a bit before I throw them into the washer. I will put the inserts in a pail rinse them twice and swish them with a plunger, rinse them out and wash them in the pail with soap then throw it in the washer. Takes about 10 minutes. And about 1hour and 15 minutes in the washer, and I hang everything to dry and they are ready in the afternoon the next day. PM me if you want. I love cloth diapering!

Love_beingMOM 18 kids; Michigan 1282 posts
22nd May '13

I have OS pocket diapers, which are GREAT, because then you don't have to buy more when you need a bigger size. I have about 33 total, but also didn't get all of them to use until DD was about 3 months. I bought mine new on Ebay. 30 (with liners) for $143 or 20 for $98, etc.-- http://www.ebay.com/itm/Multicolor-30-Pcs-Baby-Cloth-Diaper-Cover-Nappy-30-Insert-Liner-Pad-U-Pick-/130752263418?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e717134fa ... Here's a link to the brand I use. They work really well. These printed ones stay on better than the solid colored ones I also got on ebay.. once baby starts moving!! Super cute too (It shows the prints if you scroll down):D
I usually hand wash mine, every other day or so. I'll soak them in cold water to get the messes off some of them. Cold water gets the stains off; Hot water takes care of the smell ;) I'm sure machine washing & drying them makes them fluff up better, though! I'll throw them in with the other clothes once in awhile, but I don't have my own laundry room..
I use my own home made detergent.
12 cups Borax; 8 cups Baking Soda; 8 cups Washing Soda; 8 cups Bar soap (grated) -Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load..... Most detergents that say they're free & clear really aren't & the chemicals will set into the diapers & make them STINK like chemicals! One of mine literally smelled like hair dye one day..
I haven't used a pail, since I wash them often enough... Just a small basket & put them in the bucket to soak. I have a smaller wetbag that I got from Ebay for keeping in the diaper bag. Also, invest in some flush-able cloth diaper liners. They work great for disposing the poop once it's solid ;) And limit the stains before that. I just get mine at Meijer... GL!

Love_beingMOM 18 kids; Michigan 1282 posts
22nd May '13

Btw, I made that detergent in February & use more than twice as much of it hand washing diapers than I would use in the wash & I am just now getting down to the last of it! :) I use it for our regular laundry too... and it only cost about $10 to make :P

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11981 posts
status 23rd May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Love_beingMOM:</b>" Btw, I made that detergent in February & use more than twice as much of it hand washing diapers than ... [snip!] ... I am just now getting down to the last of it! :) I use it for our regular laundry too... and it only cost about $10 to make :P"</blockquote>
Make homemade laundry detergent too

Love_beingMOM 18 kids; Michigan 1282 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting *PeanutButter*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Love_beingMOM:</b>" Btw, I made that detergent in February & ... [snip!] ... for our regular laundry too... and it only cost about $10 to make :P"</blockquote> Make homemade laundry detergent too"


Cool :D You're all set!

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 11981 posts
status 23rd May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Love_beingMOM:</b>" Cool :D You're all set!"</blockquote>




So it's safe to use?
I use borax,washing soda,barred laundry soap and water to make mine

Love_beingMOM 18 kids; Michigan 1282 posts
23rd May '13
Quoting *PeanutButter*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Love_beingMOM:</b>" Cool :D You're all set!"</blockquote> So it's safe to use? I use borax,washing soda,barred laundry soap and water to make mine"

Yup!! That's what mine is, just powdered.