Over the past couple of months cloth diapering has undergone some changes in our home. When I posted about having to buy Huggies when camping I shocked a reader in the comments by saying I didn’t use cloth wipes. This got me thinking…why don’t I?
When I wrote about not using a diaper sprayer and then proceeded to read about all of your success with one, it got me thinking…why don’t I try one?
When I continued and continued and continued to have ammonia problems despite trying every suggestion I could find, it got me thinking…why don’t I try Tide?
So, I tried them all. And guess what?
I LOVE THEM ALL! The diaper sprayer is fabulous (installation details in a minute), cloth wipes are amazing!, and ALL the stink is G.O.N.E after one wash with Tide.
Installation was not a simple 5 minutes for me as many reported. But, after 20 minutes it was working. I had some leaking but fixed it easily. The diaper sprayer has cut down drastically on the wet bag smell and reduced the “debris” I clean from my washer. It is in my bathroom so it’s not a focus for the children, however they’ve never shown any interest in playing with it anyways.
Oh, and if you read the diaper sprayer post I linked above, I’ve yet to be splashed with poop ;)
Cloth Wipes:Thirsties Fab Wipes 6 Pack and Punkin Butt Bamboo Velour wipes. My favorite so far are the Warmies. They’re soft, but not too soft, and easy to maneuver. RagaBabe wipes. Warmies began falling apart shortly after writing this post :( RagaBabe is a new company that generously sent me some wipes after reading this post. Their wipes are simple and durable! I’ve washed them many times to make sure. They are one layer of organic cotton. Smooth on one side, sherpa-ish on the other.
The biggest benefit I have found to using cloth wipes (aside from the money saving aspect) is that it takes so much less to clean up a poopie. I was using 3-5 disposable wipes per change. Now I use 1 cloth wipe.
For a wipe solution I dug out a sample I received a while ago. I’ll soon be trying out different brands in search of my favorite.
You’ve read of my relentless efforts to naturally solve the ammonia problem. You know I’ve tried Rockin Green Hard Rock, Clean B, RLR, vinegar (which is not recommended in hard water) and even bleach. Nothing would even begin to lessen this very frustrating issue. I was tired of soaking and soaking and washing and rinsing. I was tired of my son waking up crying from the burn. I was tired of using Flip disposable inserts every night. I wanted to use cloth at night and for it to smell like PEE in the morning. Is that too much to ask?
Right before vacation I purchased a bottle of Tide. Mainly because I knew I’d need it at the beach where the water is ridiculously hard. I tried it out on the inserts before I left and could have cried when the morning diaper smelled only of urine. I’m not happy that I’m using Tide. I hate the smell and I don’t like that it’s far from natural. But, I had to compromise somewhere or disposables at night was where we’d stay.
Is there possibly a natural solution out there that will work for my water type? Most likely. But, I hate to continue to use Sterling as a guinea pig.
There’s my update in a nutshell! I’m most excited about the wipes warmer and cloth wipes. Wiping Sterling’s hiney with a warm wipe makes me smile.