Monday, April 4, 2011

In Over My Head...In Soap Suds!

I like doing laundry. It seems to be the one "chore" that neither Daddy L nor I dislike. I do not however enjoy folding the laundry and Daddy L has a very particular laundry folding style that I just cannot live up to. When we first started doing laundry together I used to sneak into his dresser drawers (creepy girlfriend?) and unfold certain articles of clothing so that I could study exactly how they were folded and try to replicate it with his freshly washed clothing. I would proudly hand over the basket of carefully folded laundry only to catch him refolding his laundry when I wasn't looking. So over time, laundry became his thing to do.

Apparently I really missed doing laundry because I have created more for myself. I decided to try attempt number 3 at cloth diapering.
When I was pregnant with Munchkin, I decided I was definitely going to cloth diaper. I bought and prepped the diapers. It lasted a day. With the whirlwind of having a new baby I just gave up and the adorable diapers went on ebay. Then just before Munchkin was two I tried again with some Bumgenius diapers but Munchkin himself told me, "I don't like these diapers!" So attempt number 2 failed.

Now with Pumpkin, I got a huge lot of diapers on ebay and low and behold, we have been doing this for almost a month and it's working! He has no complaints (ok so he only says a handful of words!) The poop is not as disgusting as I thought and the diapers are SO FREAKING CUTE!

My only problem is the LAUNDRY! I'm still don't mind doing it, I just can't seem to get it right!

The other night, after the kids had gone to bed, Daddy L opened the laundry room door to find me seated on a bucket watching the front loader spin. I tried to explain I was watching for suds. Of course it is perfectly logical. I was trying to see whether the soap has been thoroughly rinsed from the diapers. I got some chuckles and a "you've got to be kidding me!" out of that one!

Luckily he didn't catch me pouring buckets of water through the washer's soap dispenser in an attempt to fill the washer with more water than the high efficiency (meaning water SAVING) washer usually uses!

Any cloth diapering mommies out there, advice is very much needed! The diapers (Bumgenius AOIs) have developed a funky smell. I have been using Charlie's Soap. It was only after buying it that I read all about how it needs to be used. I figured I'd try to use it and see if I could make it work. BUT there are all these rules. I emailed the company who said should wash all my clothes in it as well or else wash a load of towels in their stuff first to clean the washer of "other" detergent residues. Otherwise they said I would be basically using using the diapers to clean the washer of detergent residue and my diapers would end up with detergent and poop all over them and not get clean. Now, I know Charlie's works great for many people, and it might work well for me, but at this time, I just can't commit to using just Charlie's on all of our clothing or unfortunately even washing the load of towels before my diapers. I tried one load with our store brand free and clear detergent and it took me SEVEN washes to get it to stop sudsing! I have some samples of Rockin Green but I tried a load or two and I'm not sure yet. I just soaked them overnight in Rockin Green and I'm waiting for the rinse cycle to finish. Now I'm wondering if I should get regular old Tide or even try a homemade laundry soap. Stay tuned for more of my misadventures in cloth diapering.

I may be in over my soap suds.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with any detergent companies. These are solely my opinions and experiences. I paid for all of the detergents with my own money for my own use.


chubskulit said...

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Tamara said...

Just stopping by to follow you from the blog hop. Hope you'll come visit me, too!

Lexie Lane said...

ahhhh!!!! I'm now glad I didn't do it! I'm already exhausted as it is. I don't know how I would have felt about cloth diapers, but I guess now I'm glad I didn't make the choice! Thanks so much for sharing and putting my mind at ease a little. I know it's sad, but it's because I'm trying to convince myself that I'm not making such a bad choice.

Janice said...

Stopping by from the blog hop! Great blog!

DP said...

That's so cool that cloth diapers finally worked for you the third time around. I guess different things work for different moms. I just love the environmental aspect of cloth diapers :)

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Amie said...

New follower from the hop and fellow cloth diaper mommy. I had stinky diapers when I was a cloth diaper newbie. I don't now. I use Ecos detergent for everything (it's cheap too and smells good, some sites say it's good for CDs while other say it's not but it works for us with no build-up or smell in my diapers and this is my second kid using the stuff). I also wash my diapers 3 time, first a cold rinse with soap and tea tree oil, then a hot wash with soap, and third a hot wash with nothing. No stinky diapers. Good luck and I hope you'll check out my site.

Krafty Max Originals said...

I couldn't find the post about the Finding New Friends Blog Hop, so I am leaving my note


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Kelli said...

I'm a new follower from the New Friend Blog Hop.

Mommy L said...

I am totally loving cloth diapering!!! I feel like it's a new hobby. I think I may have found a method that is working. Wash cold, hot w/detergent, then cold rinse again. @Amie, Thanks I might try it your way- I have seen Ecos in our grocery store. Just need to get my hands on some tea tree oil. I feel better about doing the 3 washes b/c I just found someones research that said it only costs about $100 extra a year for all the extra washing. Less than disposables for a year!!

Blossom Bunkhouse said...

Congrats on conquering cloth diapers! You're doing so much for the environment too!

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Clayton Thomas said...

I do the entire families laundry so I can relate with your guy. It's really ok and as long as he is cool (which I am sure he is) all is well.

Found you on the hop. Have a great weekend!


Alex said...

Hi there! :) Awesome blog! I am your newest follower from the blog hop - would love a follow back!

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Kenzie said...

Hi, I'm hoping over from Designitchick. Love your blog!
We used the cloth diapers with my first two boys. First we did prefolds and then when the third was on the way, we switched to BumGenius AIOs. I used the Sun free & Clear and never really had a problem with stink. I loved them. We took a break from CD when number 4 showed up 6 months ago and will start using them again soon. The laundry factor is the thing I hate the most.
I wash my AIOs first in cold water with about a 1/4 of recommended amount, and then in hot water with about a 1/4 again. Hope that helps.
Check my blog out if you have a chance too!

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