Cloth Diapers: The Basics

For disposable users out there who wince when contemplating your family’s personal contribution to the local landfill, cloth diapers are an option you may want to consider. They’re not what they once were.Say goodbye to your notions of the pins, the big square pieces of cotton, leaky kids, and the daunting task of cleaning up. Easily laundered all-in-one diapers are the order of the day. With snaps or Velcro closures, waterproof banding around the waist and legs, and natural, breathable fibers that require no soaking, cloth diapers can be a more palatable choice than you may imagine.Plus, now you have lots of neat patterns to choose from. If you worry about the chemicals used in disposables you can relax and save yourself some substantial dollars, so now might be the time to give cloth-diapering a try.

If you decide to go cloth and launder them yourselves, the cost over three years will be between $800 and $1100, half as much as disposables. And diapering a second child will only cost you the laundering (about $400 for three years).

Don’t worry that your house will become a toxic waste dump. There’s no longer any need to soak, rinse, or flush a diaper. Simply shake solids into the toilet and drop the diaper into a plastic-lined pail after a change. When the pail is full, tip into your washer. Wash once with a detergent like Tide or Cheer Free, reset washer, add more detergent, and wash again. Don’t use bleach. Rinse twice to be sure all residue detergent is completely rinsed away and dry on hot.

Experts estimate that you’ll need about 2-3 dozen diapers if you get to the wash every third day, about 75-80 if you use a weekly diaper service. Many diaper services include diaper rentals in their price but you sacrifice choice.

Eco-Friendly Diaper Services

If your motivation to use cloth isn’t based on finances, and the prospect of home laundering is an intimidating one, you may want to opt for a local diaper service. As a rule, services now use biodegradable detergents in their cleaning process rather than the harmful phosphates of old. Like disposables, the costs of using a diaper service plus diaper covers will fall in the range of $2000-$2500 over a three year period.

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