Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 7/19/10


This is the new weekly feature where I will answer reader submitted questions. They can be about cloth diapers or accessories, babywearing etc., but they don’t need to be within the scope of this blog. I’ll answer questions about blogging, myself, whatever.

Send any questions you have to at gmail dot com. I will always answer any questions you have, but if you would like it to be answered in the Mailbox Mondays Post, please indicate Mailbox Mondays in your email subject.

If you missed my Bumgenius 4.0 review and giveaway post this weekend, be sure to check it out!

Here are the first few questions from Valerie:

How often do you wash the planet wise bag?  (She’s asking about the Planet Wise Large (hanging) wet bag that I use as a pail.)

I used to wash it every time but that seemed silly. Now I wash it every 2nd or 3rd time I wash dipes. Gross maybe, but when it’s empty, I give it a quick whiff. If I fall over, I wash it. Otherwise, I just leave it unzipped to air out until I put the next diaper in it.

Do you really need to use microfiber {inserts} or can you have all hemp and bamboo?

There are lots of diapers with just hemp or just bamboo and that’s totally fine. What I like about the microfiber/hemp combo is that the microfiber gets the moisture away from their bottom quickly, and the hemp really locks the moisture in. Hemp is really thirsty!

For peanut buttery poop, do you really need to get rid of it before washing it? Will it not just get washed and go down the drain?
I wouldn’t put a diaper with a big old mess in it, right into the wash. I just shake/scrape off whatever comes off easily, but I don’t spend a lot of time on it. Maybe twice, I’ve had some stuff (yuck, sorry) that didn’t get washed away, and I have to wipe down the inside of the washer. When my son was still mostly breastfed with some solids, I didn’t scrape them at all, but the poop wasn’t that super sticky (yuck, sorry again!) consistency at that time.
What do you use bagwise when on the go?  Do you remove the inserts from the diaper before you toss it in the bag?
I use a planetwise wet/dry bag on the go. I take the inserts out before I put them in the bag. That way I just dump them without having to touch them again.
I hope these were helpful.  How about you guys?  How often do you wash your wet bags?  What’s your favorite insert?  What’s your poop situation?  What do you use on the go?
Remember to send me any questions you’d like answered!

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • July 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    >I got a second one for that reason too! But I wash my pail liner every other wash. I can go 2-3 days without washing so sometimes i have to wash it every wash LOL.

  • July 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    >That's exactly why I got a second one Kelly, LOL!

  • -K
    July 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    >Great q & a. I loved cloth diapering our babe.

  • July 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    >I found it helpful! I've never considered not washing my pail liner every time. I was just thinking about getting a second liner so I don't havce a pile of dirty dipes on my floor while I wait for the liner to finish drying.

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