Vinegar - how to use vinegar safely with your cloth diapers

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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:

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

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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.

3 steps to cure yeast diaper rash

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3 steps to cure yeast diaper rash

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. Here's how you can clear it up.

Vinyl vs PUL cloth diaper covers - which is better?

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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.

Using Laundry Pure to Clean Cloth Diapers

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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.

Using bleach on your cloth diapers

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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