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Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 12/20/10 The “other” reusable stuff!

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It’s time again for Mailbox Mondays!  If you have a question (cloth diaper related or not) email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject line!

Hannah says:

Hi Maria,

I have used cloth diapers for my son since birth, and I have made the switch to reusable menstrual products for myself (DivaCup and homemade pantiliners). I clean around the house with old holey socks, washing them a time or two and then tossing them. I rarely set the dinner table with napkins, but I am working on getting a set of cloth dinner napkins. I use a mixture of cloth handkerchiefs and disposable tissues, depending on what I have handy. I wish I could stop buying paper towels, but I usually use them for greasy jobs like cleaning or oiling my cast iron pans, or greasing baking pans. I am afraid to put very greasy items in my washer for fear they would ruin the whole load of wash, or that I would accidentally throw an item with residual grease in the dryer and it would combust. I also have not switched to “family cloth” (cloth TP) in the bathroom, because I think my husband would flip, even if I didn’t make him use it.

My question to you (and other blog readers) is: what reusable products do you use and why; which ones would you like to use, and what is holding you back?


Hi Hannah!  Shamefully, I don’t use as many reusable products as I should.

What do I use?   Cloth diapers and wipes of course, along with dish cloths and microfiber towels in lieu of paper towels for cleaning and dishes.  We also use cloth napkins, reusable mop pads, reusable bags, containers and napkins in my daughter’s lunch box.  Even my daughter’s baby alive has gone green.

So, what haven’t I tried that I want to?  I’ve been wanting Made in the Red Barn unpapertowels and a paper towel house for a very long time.  It takes us months to go through a roll of paper towels since we only use them for really icky stuff.  Unfortunately, if we have “guests” we can go through a roll in the course of a day.  It just kills me to see someone dry their hands on a paper towel and throw it away!  Especially since I have clean towels right there, that I replace with a clean one several times per day!

I also very much want to try mama cloth.  There are some amazingly talented WAHMs that sell great Mama cloth on Hyenacart, and of course, I want one of each!

Also on my wish list are Better for Grownups organic tissues.  They also sell family cloth!  I don’t think we go through much toilet paper, since we use only 2-3 squares at a time.  Oddly enough, writing this made me remember a dream I had about seeing half a roll in the potty and freaking out.  Man, are my dreams ever exciting.  Anyway, when we have guests over, like paper towels, a roll of TP can disappear in a few hours.  I would definitely not want to wash family cloth that people outside my immediate family had used, but I’d be willing to start with using them for “#1.”  I’d probably only use them myself though, since my daughter would probably accidentally throw them in the toilet, which would not be good for our septic system, if it managed to get down the toilet at all!

We produce very little trash.  Since we started using our Nature Mill Composter we typically have less than one 5.2 gallon bag of garbage per week.  Even so, I’d love to use even more reusable products.  So, what’s stopping me?  Money

For most people who pay full price/nearly full price for things like tissues, paper towels and feminine products, their reusable counterparts will “pay for themselves” in no time.  For me, I only “buy” these products when they are free, nearly free, or (in the case of my CVS shopping) “better than free.”  So it is really prohibitively hard on my budget to try to buy reusable products.  Especially since it’s not a matter of a $2 investment if you don’t like the product.

How about you gals?  What reusable products do you use now?  What would you like to try?  What’s stopping you?

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Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 10/11/10


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Every Monday I will answer user submitted questions. They don’t have to be about cloth diapering! I’ll always answer questions via email, but if you would like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email with the subject “Mailbox Mondays” to Maria at change-diapers dot com.

I’m looking for MM submissions for late October and beyond!

Rebecca says:

Hi Maria-

I’d love to hear your thoughts about one size diapers. Are they really worth it? Can you get them to fit well? I am using sized diapers right now.

This is a great question!  When I was expecting my daughter (about 6 years ago, wow!) an acquaintance gave me information on cloth diapers.  I did some research and settled on FuzziBunz sized pocket diapers.  When I started adding it up though, it seemed awfully expensive.  I didn’t know what I know now, and I didn’t know how to get the information.
I was assuming I would need 25 or so diapers in every size: extra-small, small, medium, large, extra large etc.  That would put the cost to cloth diaper equal to, or greater than, disposables.  That, combined with feeling overwhelmed at the idea of washing diapers in addition to learning to care for and breastfeed a newborn, made me forget the idea altogether.
Now, I know that I could have used Extra-Small and Mediums alone and been just fine!  In fact, my daughter could probably fit in a medium FuzziBunz now at 5 1/2!
With my son, I decided on one-size diapers.  He is also tiny like my daughter, and is still in mediums.  I only have a few sized diapers, but I like them since they are so trim.
I am able to get a good fit with one-size diapers, and they really aren’t that bulky.  Most don’t fit well until 10-12 pounds though (there are exceptions to that) so if you cloth diaper from birth, you will still need to buy something else for the newborn stage.
I’ve also heard several people say that one-size diapers didn’t really fit their larger babies through potty training, so they had to buy some larger diapers later on.
I guess it’s really just a toss up based on what you prefer.  There are also a few companies (like Thirsties) that make two size diapers, so you can get the best of both worlds.  The size 1 and size 2 should truly take a child from birth to potty training with 3 size adjustments each.
I hope all of this made sense, I tend to talk in circles sometimes!  🙂

A question about “the other cloth”:

Hi, I was wondering if anyone else in your family uses cloth wipes (i.e. Mama cloth)?

Initially, the idea freaked me out a little bit.  The more I read, the more interested I was.  I’ve looked at WAHM made mama cloth (like the ones made by Addicted) and it looks great!  Cute designs, luxurious materials; definitely better than the alternative.  I hate the crinkly paper feeling, the trash etc.  Hopefully I will get to try some soon (which sounds weird to say!)
Family cloth: I would definitely do family cloth for #1, I’d love  to find some soft, affordable wipes to use, and maybe a smallish wetbag to keep in each bathrooom for them.  I’d be a little afraid they’d get thrown in the potty by accident though, and I’m not brave enough to use them for #2 yet!
Reusable Tissues: Better for Grownups has some awesome reusable tissues that I can’t wait to try, once I have the money to spend!

What do you guys think?  Do you use sized, or one-size diapers?  Ever used any “other” cloth?

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