Saturday, June 18, 2011

For the love of cloth ;-)

about three months ago, we switched to cloth diapers and fell in love.... that started a chain reaction in the way we as a household view our "disposable" lives.

Have you ever thought about it? I know we hadn't until we switched, but practically everything we use is disposable, convenience based, the "easy" way.... but what all are we sacrificing?

we have also changed over to flannel family cloth wipes instead of using toilet paper. A decision which raised many eyebrows amongst our friends and family....

*Cheaper - we bought old flannel sheets from thrift stores to cut into squares, sewn together into "two-ply" cloth wipes
*Softer!!- especially using old flannel so it's already 'broken in'
*Cleaner- tiny crumbly bits of tp left in inconvenient places anyone? *ew*
*Easy use- so easy the 8 year old drama queen can do it!

oh and for what everyone thinks would be the worst part, I wash them every couple of days or so (as needed, when the dirty ones fill up the wet bag) and all I have to do is dump the contents of the bag into my washer. I never touch them until they are clean. So easy!! In fact, my husband has even been known to wash them :-)

We use kitchen towels instead of paper towels too, and are in the process of making mama cloth for menstrual use instead of paper maxi pads. I also use cloth nursing pads which I love alot more than the paper ones I had bought to start with, and they're alot more cost effective too!


  1. hey, it's misty from ds. good for you making all these can be overwhelming but so worth it. i have cd 2(1 still in progress). i absolutely love it and get sad when i think of levi being done as he is our last. we too use cloth towels and wipes for tp. in fact, i ordered some bamboo wipes from panda tushies (i use her prefolds too...i love her) and we love them. i had made the ones we were using and my girls started to complain about how rough they were getting. i had one bamboo one that a friend gave me and they always wanted to use that one so i gave in and bought some and we are so much happier:) i use mama cloth and love it as well. i still use tampons on heavy days when i'm out but back it with mama cloth. and i made cloth nursing pads also...they are so much softer:) fun to read the things you are doing and my hat off to you for the poo thing....i can't bring myself to do it. the closest we've have gotten so far is burt's bees shampoo and yes to carrots. we do use a natural oil or tea tree bar for soap though and i love that.

  2. oh, i was going to mention also that i have an 8 yo also...ella:)