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2 tried and true methods for getting stains out of your woolie

2 tried and true methods for getting stains out of your woolie

February 16, 2011

It happens. Baby poops, leaks through the diaper and sets into your precious wool cover. Follow these steps to remove those stains from your wool cover.

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Wool 102 - how to wash and lanolize wool cloth diaper covers

Wool 102 - how to wash and lanolize wool cloth diaper covers

February 16, 2011

Learn how to care for and lanolize your wool in just 8 simple steps.  Plus, learn how to restore shrunken wool and how to remove stains from your wool.

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Wool 103 - How to store wool for extended periods of time

Wool 103 - How to store wool for extended periods of time

February 16, 2011

Prevent damage to your wool items by following these 6 simple steps for storing your wool over an extended period of time.

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Vinegar - how to use vinegar safely with your cloth diapers

February 16, 2011

Vinegar is a wonderful all-natural solution for your wash. It can be used to kill odor-causing bacteria, remove buildup from your diapers, soften your diapers and eliminate static. However, if used too often (i.e. more than once a month), it can break down the PUL in your diapers causing them to leak. Additionally, when used in hard water areas, it can react with the minerals in your water and cause your diapers to retain odors and bacteria.

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Cloth Diapering a Newborn - where to start and how to cloth diaper

February 16, 2011

There are about 7 different types of cloth diapers out there. All of them except for prefold diapers are available in something called "one size". Cloth diaper manufacturers will say that their one-size diaper can fit your baby from 8 lbs to 35 or 40 lbs. In reality though, most one-size diapers don't really fit newborns well until about 10 to 12 lbs.

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Cloth Diaper shopping tips to help you save money while cloth diapering

February 16, 2011

When you consider the fact that the average person will spend anywhere from $1800 to $2100 to diaper a baby with disposables from birth to potty training – it’s not far fetched that budget restraints are a common reason why many mamas turn towards cloth diapers. But while you really can save money by using cloth diapers, it’s hard figuring out where to begin. Here are a few tips to help you make the best cloth diapering choices:

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Cloth Diaper Closures - The Pros and Cons of Snaps, Velcro and Snappis

February 16, 2011

Who doesn’t know how to use Velcro. It’s very easy to use even for cloth diapers novices. It also requires no brain-power when you're changing baby during that 3 AM diaper change. Even daddies can figure these out.

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4 steps to curing yeast diaper rash

4 steps to curing yeast diaper rash

February 15, 2011 2 Comments

Yeast diaper rash occurs most commonly with the use of oral antibiotics, sugar, non-organic dairy, gluten, or breast milk from a mother with a yeast infection.

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Wool 101 - the quickest guide to understanding wool

Wool 101 - the quickest guide to understanding wool

February 15, 2011

Everything you ever needed to know about using wool with your cloth diapers summed up in a quick 5 minute read.

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Washing Cloth Diapers in Hard Water - a list of do's and don'ts

February 15, 2011

If you are washing in hard water, minerals from the water can over time get left behind and lodged in the fibers of your diapers. This mineral build-up can lead to repellency and stink issues – and if left untreated can also lead to diaper rash and open sores. Below are some do’s and don’ts of washing in hard water:

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Vinyl vs PUL cloth diaper covers - which is better?

February 15, 2011

Vinyl is the material that went into the original diaper covers your grandma used to use. They were made popular by the Gerber brand. These covers are designed to fit over Fitted, Prefold and Contour diapers. While vinyl doesn’t breathe as well as other materials it is very inexpensive – making it a good choice for moms on a tight budget.

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Using Laundry Pure to Clean Cloth Diapers

February 15, 2011

Did you know there is a way to clean your diapers better with cold water and no detergent? Well there is – and it's available through a new device called Laundry Pure. I heard about Laundry Pure from a Vollara rep (Joe Morris) at my local Earth Day fair this past April. I listened as he told me all the great benefits of this unit – particularly how it eliminates the use of harmful chemicals and hot water to clean clothes – but I was very skeptical. “Sure it works on ‘regular’ clothes”, I told him “but what about cloth diapers?” He didn’t know the answer, but both he and I were curious.

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Using bleach on your cloth diapers

February 15, 2011

Bleach is a wonderful whitening agent for other items in your laundry - but isn't recommended for your cloth diapers. Mainly because bleach can break down the elastic in your cloth diapers - causing them to lose their shape and fit. If your goal is to kill bacteria in your diapers - your hot wash cycle should do the trick. If you want to add something extra to your wash routine, consider using one of the following natural additives in your final rinse cycle. If you absolutely must use bleach, limit your use to 2 tbsps and use it sparingly. Also, consult with the manufacturer of your cloth diapers as bleach can void some manufacturer warranties.

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Tea Tree Oil and Cloth Diapers - background on tea tree oil and safety concerns

February 15, 2011

Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how tea tree oil got its name. The part used medicinally is the oil from the leaves.

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Stained Cloth Diapers - tips for how to remove tough stains from your cloth diapers

February 15, 2011

Listed below (in order of preference) are 3 tried and true methods for getting those hard-to-remove stains out of your diapers.

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Shrunken Wool - how to fix a shrunken wool cloth diaper cover

Shrunken Wool - how to fix a shrunken wool cloth diaper cover

February 15, 2011

Did you accidentally shrink your wool?  Follow these 6 steps to make it useable again.  It won't be like new, but it will definitely be better!

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How to Soften Cloth Diapers - Hint: Dryer Sheets are Bad!

February 15, 2011

Materials like hemp, terry, cotton and velour can harden over time and you’ll want to soften them up. Whatever you do though, don’t use fabric softener. It will reduce your diapers' absorbency and cause your waterproof covers to lose their moisture repellant abilities. A cloth diaper friendly solution is to use vinegar or wool dryer balls. Both will soften your diapers and reduce static.

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Costs To Cloth Diaper - a breakdown of a cloth diaper startup budget

February 15, 2011

To cloth diaper baby you’ll need the following items:

  • 24 diapers ($24 - $600 depending on the type of diaper you choose)
  • 1 box of cloth diaper friendly diaper detergent ($15 each)
  • 1 diaper pail or 13 gallon trash can with lid ($15 each)
  • 1 diaper pail liner ($18 each)
  • 1 small wet bag ($10 each)
  • 1 large wet bag ($20 each)

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Cloth Diapers and Static - how to get rid of static cling with your cloth diapers

February 15, 2011

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Cloth Diaper Detergents - What to Look for in a Cloth Diaper-Friendly Detergent

February 15, 2011

Choosing the right detergent for your diapers is important. The right detergent will keep your diapers smelling fresh and retain absorbency. Below are the five things you should watch out for when selecting a detergent.

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Cloth Diaper Accessories - What They Are and Why You’ll Want Them

February 15, 2011

Inserts, woolies and doublers... oh my! With so much information out there, figuring out the world of cloth diapers can be a bit overwhelming. Here we’ll tell you what it all means and what really matters?

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Other Simple How to Videos

November 03, 2010

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