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Tag Archive: laundry

Cloth 101: Washing Cloth Diapers
March 22, 2015 4:08 pm | by
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You know what we like to say at Cotton Babies, “We’re changing things.” You may have already heard, but we recently adjusted our washing and warranty guidelines. You can get the full scoop on this update here. Since we made some changes to our washing instructions and detergent recommendations, you’re probably wondering how you should go about cleaning your cloth diapers. If so, we’ve got the answer — just follow the step-by-step list below! Pre-wash once on warm or cold with 1/2 of detergent. recommended for a full load of laundry Next, heavy-duty wash on hot (140F/60C) with enough detergent for one heavily soiled full load of laundry Follow

 
Real Mom Talk: Letting Kids Choose Their Own Clothes
February 23, 2015 6:46 pm | by
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Getting 3 kids out of bed, dressed, fed, and out the door each morning is a circus: matching outfits, brushing teeth, combing hair, finding shoes, putting on coats. It’s chaos. A time-sucker. It’s not for the faint of heart. Mama’s always trying to find a way to make it easier. I used to pick out a week’s worth of outfits per kid every Sunday night. This way we’d have an easier time getting out the door each morning. Sometimes this would backfire. On more than one occasion, my daughter put ALL of the clothes on, as well as her brother’s

 
Review: PurECOsheet Reusable Chemical Free Dryer Sheets
September 28, 2014 11:35 am | by
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Are you tired of throwing chemicals into your laundry or spending tons of money on “natural” fabric softeners and dryer sheets? Look no further! PurEco Sheets are perfect for you. These reusable, chemical free dryer sheets are 100% hypoallergenic and are unscented, unless of course, you want to put a few drops of essential oils on them. They will leave no residue on your clothes or in your dryer. This makes them safe for your clothes, towels, bed sheets, infant clothing, and even cloth diapers! One box of PurEco Sheets will last you for hundreds of loads and only need

 
Review: bumGenius Laundry Detergent
September 18, 2014 8:14 pm | by
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I’m a working mama of 3 kids, and I’ll admit, I often don’t do things the “easy” way. I love to cook from scratch, I clean incessantly, and I research almost every product before making a purchase. So there are times I just need something to be simple. And using cloth diapers is simple! But with it comes a whole slew of techniques on how to clean them: spraying, swishing, soaking, sunning, etc. I don’t have time for all that! I do laundry seemingly around-the-clock as it is. I just want something that works the first time; something that I don’t

 
Cloth 101: Storing Your Cloth Diapers
November 10, 2013 11:43 am | by
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Cloth diapers are meant to be reused.  And depending on the condition of your stash and the overall wear and tear, you may be able cloth diaper future children with your existing bumGenius, Flip, and Econobum products, which increases your savings and helps you get the most out of your investment. Unlike other household items, cloth diapers should not be tossed into a box and dumped in a closet or basement for a few months — or years. So if you’re planning to use your cloth diapers on another baby or just need to free up some drawer space for a short period

 
Cloth 101: Outdoor Drying
July 1, 2013 9:58 am | by
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Ah, summer. What’s not to love about the season? School is out, vacations are planned, and the weather is nice, which can only mean one thing: air drying cloth diapers. Line drying your cloth diapers is a great way to save money, and each month, it can put more than $10 back in your pocket. But not only that, drying your diapers in the sun can also remove stains and sanitize your stash. To dry your cloth diapers outside, you don’t need a traditional clothesline and clothespins. You can use a folding drying rack or set your diapers over a

 
Reusable Cloth Wipes
April 22, 2013 10:00 am | by
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Just the other day I was thinking back on my cloth diapering journey of almost 4 years continuously and simultaneously diapering two babies. I thought to myself: what part of reusing diapers has made the most difference in my day-to-day life? The answer might surprise you. It’s actually cloth wipes! My washing routine for cloth diapers has changed slightly over the years by moving houses and going from top-loading machine to high efficiency front-loader. My preferences in cloth diapers has changed too — at first I was a hook-and-loop girl, and now I’m definitely a fan of snaps. But I

 
Here Comes the Sun!
April 8, 2013 4:30 pm | by
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Spring is here and that means one thing – it’s time to freshen your cloth diapers with a little sun. Has your little one been trying new foods this winter and spring?  Blueberries and other foods can often leave a mark on your cloth diapers.  In winter, it can be difficult to remove stains inside your cloth diapers.  Sunning cloth diapers not only removes stains, but is a natural way to sanitize your laundry.  With spring upon us and more sunshine in most of our forecasts, now is the perfect time for your cloth diapers to catch some rays. To

 
Drying cloth diapers indoors
February 11, 2013 5:07 pm | by
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Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow earlier this month, so as the legend says, we should expect an early spring. I’m not sure about you, but I’m definitely ready for spring. However, for many of us, spring means lots of rainy days, which can be a bit challenging when drying your cloth diapers. If you read the packages of your bumGenius, Flip and Econobum cloth diapers, you’ll see that we recommend “line drying” most of your diapers. Not only is line drying environmentally friendly, it also puts less wear on your cloth diapers than a trip through the dryer. But you

 
How many cloth diapers do I need to start?
January 21, 2013 11:00 am | by
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One of the first questions that anyone who is considering cloth diapering asks is“How many diapers do I need to cloth diaper?” For full time cloth diapering, we recommend 24 cloth diapers, regardless of the style you choose. Why 24? Breastfed newborns often go through 8-10 cloth diapers a day. To avoid stink, mold, mildew and other issues, we recommending washing your cloth diapers every other day. With 24 diapers, you have a few extra clean cloth diapers to get you through a day or two while the rest are in the washing machine. We recently asked our Facebook fans about