July 12, 2012

Using ONLY hot water to strip your cloth diapers.

A mama shares with you her tips for stripping your diapers using only hot water.

What’s up with some of the smells that seem to linger on your cloth diapers? Well, if the diaper begins to smell the minute it comes wet chances are pretty good that you might be dealing with detergent build up. Detergent build up can also cause repelling issues, which is what happens when you notice leaking from a proper fitting diaper.

To cure a detergent build up you should run a hot water only (meaning no detergent) cycle with your cloth diapers, inserts and wipes (if you use cloth wipes). Hot, hot and more hotness. To do this, while it isn’t completely necessary, you can move the temperature of your water heater up a notch a few hours beforehand. Another thing you can do if you have new front loading machine, is a sanitary cycle. Do not wash your diapers in the dishwasher; if one were to fall in the bottom of the machine it might cause a fire. Really, why even chance it?

Curious about this method of stripping and noticing that some of my inserts were getting kind of smelly, I decided to test it out. First, I thought about boiling some water, bringing it down (yes, my laundry room is in my basement) and adding it to the machine after it had cooled some. Then I realized that the likelihood of my clumsy self making it down the stairs, walking through our toy-laden recreation room and opening the kid-proof lock on our laundry room door was slim to none. I went the water heater route.

When the machine is agitating check to see if there are any soap suds; if there are scoop them up and take them out of the washing machine. The suds are the detergent build up in your diapers. I have to admit I was really excited to see how much detergent was built up in my diapers and inserts. Well, apparently Eco Sprout (the only detergent I use on my cloth diapers) really does do a good job (although I don’t know why I was surprised because I love and rave about Eco Sprout all the time) because I had no suds. If I had any suds, after the cycle had finished I would’ve run another one again and removed any existing suds during agitating. You’ll continue this until the water runs clear (like my picture). Then you’re done!

*It is also recommended that you check each manufacturers warranties before going this route.  Water temperature should never exceed 150 degrees and some mfg's recommend not exceeding 130 degrees.
Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child! 

July 10, 2012

Trophy Tuesday, Win a Knickernappies OS Diaper and Save 15% when you buy!

Trophy Tuesday time! Enter to win a Limited Edition One Size Knickernappies Pocket Diaper, no insert included, in a beautiful vibrant yellow!

These quality cloth diapers are among the best USA made cloth diapers on the market and the most generously sized, fitting toddlers up to 40lbs and sometimes beyond!

What's the scoop on these being a Limited Edition and why are they on Sale?

Limited Edition YELLOW Knickernappies One Size diapers!! KN OS have never been made in yellow before. This is a special deal that we were able to buy just for our customers!

Why are they so cheap? Knickernappies received a shipment of fleece that wasn't up to normal standards. Rather than let it go to waste, they've sewn it into these Limited Edition Yellow diapers. We've used these diapers and the fleece is fine. A bit pillier than KN's usual fleece, but it works well and we've had no issues with it at all. These diapers are first quality, not seconds!!

SALE:  When you order a Yellow Knickernappies OS Diaper this week from Cloth Diaper Outlet you can save 15% off the already deeply discounted Limited Edition Yellow.  Regularly Specially Priced at $13.95, this week only, use code TROPHY at checkout and receive 15% off.

GIVEAWAY:  Enter this week's Trophy Tuesday Giveaway and you could win one of these great One Size, Made in the USA, Pocket Diapers!

Open to the USA & Canada.  Winner has 7 days to claim their prize.  All winning entries will be verified. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner of our 4th of July Giveaway is...

Yay for giveaways!  Thank you all so much, again, for entering our weekly giveaways!  Last week's giveaway was 4th of July themed and we had a great response!

So excited to see how many of you are interested in winning our Wolbybug products!

So, the lucky winner of (2) Wolbybug Covers and (1) Wolbybug Wetbag is...Katy Charlotte H!  Congrats!

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July 9, 2012

Three Great Cloth Diapers for Newbies!

Best Cloth Diapers for a Newbies 

So you’ve decided to cloth diaper your baby! Hooray! Making the decision to use cloth diapers is the easy part! Now comes the hard part of deciding which diapers to buy! I suggest starting with an assortment of different brands and styles of cloth diapers before committing to a really large purchase. This will help you decide what you like. Once you’re comfortable with the diapers you have, you can buy more of the ones you’ve fallen in love with! Below is a list of my top 3 recommended cloth diapers to start your stash.
  1. Bumgenius 4.0 : This one-size pocket style diaper is a great option no matter how old your baby is! The diaper fits from 8-35 pounds and is one of the top sellers in the world of cloth diapers. The pocket is easy to stuff and the generous size will grow with your baby. Just snap the rise to the smallest setting for a little one or unsnap it all the way for a newborn. The pocket allows for versatility in absorbency. You can start by using one of the microfiber inserts and add the second if you find you need a boost!
  2. Thirsties Duo All-in-one : This sized all-in-one diaper is perfect for the busiest of parents! Just wash after each use and put away! There’s no need for stuffing after washing. The soakers are sewn in. You just snap, or Velcro, onto your baby and go about your day! The colors and prints available in this diaper are adorable!
  3. Flip : I love this diaper for its adaptability! Get a Flip cover and then you can lie whatever insert you want on the inside. Just remember, no microfiber against baby’s skin. Flip covers are one-sized so you can use them just like the 4.0 listed above from about 8-35 pounds. The Flip system has the option of 3 different inserts. You can use a stay-dry insert for just regular day time. The top of the insert wicks away moisture. I love the organic insert for nighttime or heavy wetters, it’s super absorbent! And if you’re traveling, pick up a pack of Flip disposable inserts and you won’t have to worry about laundry! The best part is you can reuse the cover for multiple diaper changes. Just wipe it clean in between use.
There are many great cloth diapers available! Remember, babies are made in all shapes and sizes. So what works for one baby, may not work for another!

Jenny is a cloth diapering, stay at home mama. She writes about her cloth diaper obsession on her blog, Cloth Diaper Revival.