Posts Tagged ‘cloth diaper detergent’
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Today is Earth Day!
Did you know that it takes 500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose in our landfills? By using cloth diapers, you can make a significant impact on our environment.
We love that FuzziBunz Modern Cloth Diapers are not only easy-to-use and oh-so-adorable, but they’re also very earth-friendly! You can find out more about the environmental impact of cloth diapers by clicking here.
Many FuzziBunz users are earth-conscious in other ways, too. We asked our fans how else they try to make their home and families more earth-friendly, and here’s what they said:
- Low usage of harsh chemicals
- Eat less meat
- Shop locally
- Play outside
- Don’t use paper towels
- Re-use grocery store bags
- Use cloth wipes
- Use a menstrual cup
- Use cloth nursing pads
- Keep their own chickens for fresh eggs
- Keep rabbits to breed for meat
- Organic food and herb garden
- Up-cycle old furniture
- Paper-free household
- Plant trees
- Keep lights off during day
- Line dry as much as possible
- “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”
- Create their own cleaning supplies with natural ingredients
- Use vinegar and lemon juice for cleaning
- LED and low energy light bulbs
- Appliances serviced regularly
- Cloth menstrual pads
- Cluster errands together to save gas
- Use baking soda for cleaning
- Don’t buy as many cheap plastic toys
- Mending items, especially clothes so they last longer
- One car or no car at all
- Cook at home as much as possible
- Cloth grocery bags
- Bring their own glass tupperware for restaurant leftovers
- Unplug everything when not in use
- Create their own baby wipe solution
- Walk or bike to work when possible
Being earth-friendly is easy and whether you do all of these things or only a few, every bit helps! Visit us on Facebook and mention us on Twitter (@FuzziBunz) to let us know how you’re celebrating Earth Day today!
Don’t forget! Shop.FuzziBunz.com is offering a %15 percent discount with the code EARTHDAY15 – it ends tonight at 11:59 PM CST. You can also check with your favorite retailer to find out if they’re having an Earth Day sale, too.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Once you’ve settled into a routine, using cloth diapers is pretty no-brainer. Wash. Rinse. Rinse. Dry. Use. Repeat.
In that challenging period before I figured out not to over-think things, mistakes were made. My No. 1 mistake? Trusting that the other people changing my baby’s diaper would know everything I do. Will someone else be changing your baby in cloth diapers? Be especially cautious. It’s one thing when mom is the rookie. We still read, research, and, well, over-think. Dads, grandmas, and nursery workers might do things, however, that we never even dreamed they would.
Putting On the Diaper
- The best thing you can do if you’re about to leave your baby and your cloth stash in the hands of someone else is have the diapers pre-stuffed and ready to put on. If you don’t it’s quite possible you’ll come home at some point to a baby wearing a diaper with no insert. Even when the diaper is completely assembled, you still might find a rookie is apt to put the diaper on backwards. Something about the snaps throws them off, I think. A FuzziBunz diaper might be more fool-proof than others. I’ve had people put other diaper brands on inside out, too.
What Else They’ll Put On
- There’s something about a day care provider and butt cream. They just love the stuff. There must be some comfort for them in slathering it on generously. But beware: most widely available diaper creams can wreak havoc on your cloth diapers. This happened to me soon after my day care agreed to use cloth for my first son. I’d left his tube of zinc oxide cream with them even after he started wearing cloth. I knew it wasn’t “cloth approved” but didn’t think about them wanting to use it since he was usually pretty clear down there, but boy did they use it. That day’s diapers, though they still function, to this day have some staining left from that incident. Keep the stuff away from your diapers at all costs.
- It’s best that anyone who’s going to wash your cloth diapers gets a full explanation of the proper way to do it. A simple laundry mistake can take lots of re-washing to undo. After the rash cream got used with a few of my cloth diapers, I made the mistake of thinking outside the box for ways to wash it out. I ended up trying a degreaser cream from Lowe’s. I have to rinse my diapers countless times to get the orange smell out. My advice? When you’re a rookie, don’t add anything weird to your diaper laundry. It seems simple enough, but it’s important. Also, think carefully about where you wash. I once did laundry at a campground laundromat and ended up with immediate repelling issues.
You’ve done the research and read all the directions (along with a few hundred blog entries!), but make sure anyone else changing your baby gets all the little details, too. You’ll make things easier on your baby that way – and your diapers!
Jessica Wiant is now a stay-at-home mom of two who was once a working mom with a (cloth diapered!) son in daycare.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
Welcome to 2013 everyone! With the New year comes a lot of new goals and resolutions. Whether you are trying to lose weight, get in shape, or eat more healthfully, everyone tends to think about things they want to change. But how about cloth diapers? How can they fit into your New year’s resolutions or goals? Let me give you a couple of ideas to spark your interest:
- Try cloth diapers. If you have never used cloth diapers before, maybe 2013 is your year to get on the bandwagon. Why not purchase a few and see what you think?!
- Use cloth diapers in day care or at least present the idea if you don’t already.
- Do you use cloth diapers at night? If not, why not start the process of finding a great night cloth diaper?
- Try a different style of cloth diaper. Fitteds, pockets, hybrids, flats, or prefolds. Change it up!
- Do you use cloth diapers part time? Why not focus on doing it full time?
- Introduce or even convert a friend to cloth diapers.
- Try out a new cloth diaper accessory: a diaper sprayer or cloth wipes. Try newborn cloth diapers if you are expecting.
- Having problems with your wash routine? Why not try to get it all figured out: change a detergent, add rinse, or try a new stripping technique.
- Add more to your stash, or destash from of your diapers!
- Did you use cloth diapers on any of your babies before? if not, make it a goal to use them on our next child!
Have you thought about making a fluffy resolution this year? If so, what would you like to try to accomplish?
Julie Murphy is a stay-at-home mom who was thrown into the cloth diapers when her husband bet her she couldn’t last two months on cloth. 11 months later, she is still cloth diapering…and blogging about it at My Cloth Diaper Stash.
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
I have all but bragged on this blog about the lack of stink in my diapers. I don’t know what I was doing right, but somehow a very simple wash routine worked well for us at the beginning. Now, I have a confession to make: I have ammonia diapers.
It started innocently enough. I was just going about my routine, washing every couple of days with no issues. And then, in a rush to get the entire family packed and out the door for a road trip to Minnesota, I left three wet diapers in the wet bag for the entire four days we were gone. Needless to say, when we got home and I discovered it, the diapers were no longer wet and the whiff of ammonia when I opened the bag was enough to knock me over. Oops.
I blame that one stupid mistake for starting my battle with ammonia. Now, I know it had probably been building up in all of the diapers for a while, but leaving those unwashed diapers in the bag must have accelerated it. I rinsed and soaked the heck out of those three diapers, but pretty soon my entire stash would emanate the noxious smell on wash day. The diapers and inserts would come out smelling clean enough, but every time I went to put dirties in the washing machine, my nose hairs would get burned all over again.
A quick weekend trip to my parents house a few weeks later and a couple of good cycles swishing around in their large traditional top-loading washing machine (we have a high-efficiency front loader) briefly took care of the problem, but when my daughter started to get unexplained diaper rash and irritation, I was pretty sure the ammonia was back.
And so, to my reliable, experienced, online cloth diapering community, I went. After a little research, it seemed that a lot of you mamas do a soaking routine and add vinegar to the wash to neutralize the ammonia. Tried both of those without a lot of success, so I decided to get a little drastic and do a bleach treatment on my microfiber inserts only, which I read about online too. Now, mind you, bleaching your diapers is a big no-no. Even the label inside my FuzziBunz says, “No chlorine bleach.” However, I thought to myself, I need to know if this bleach works and I’m only doing it on the inserts – not the diapers themselves! My diapers were already stinky and ruined, so I decided to give it a go, fully knowing I might just be voiding my FuzziBunz warranty. Many moms swear by a little bleach once in a while and my diapers have never had anything but water, detergent and sunshine, so I figured it was time to try it.
And dare I say, I think I have killed the beast.
I did my normal wash routine (cold rinse, hot wash with Rockin’ Green detergent), then I moved the actual outershell/covers and wipes to the dryer for a quick dry. Then, separately, I ran a hot cycle with about a ¼ cup bleach on all of my microfiber inserts. Finished with another cold rinse cycle to rinse out any bleach residue and since it was nasty outside, I opted for a dryer cycle on medium and they came out clean and white, smelling like nothing. I’ve washed twice since and still no ammonia to be found.
Now, we all know my history with making claims like this, so I am not suggesting the war with ammonia is over for good. But for this battle, the victory goes to me.
With the poop situation from last week and ammonia this week, I realize I have been doing a lot of nuts and bolts laundry posts lately…something more fun next week, I promise!
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
We appreciate the kind words many of our fans send us each and every day. This story, submitted by cloth diapering mama, Ashley McLaren, is a great reminder to us about the importance of a good detergent. A good detergent will make your cloth diapering life much easier! Just ask Ashley…
I just wanted to say how much I LOVE FuzziBunz and share my story in the case someone else might be struggling as a first time cloth diaperer.
We bought FuzziBunz before our daughter was born in November. After talking to some other mamas, it seemed that FuzziBunz were the best choice. My mom and I even decided to become retailers because everyone was raving about them and after receiving ours and inspecting them, I thought they were a great product.
However, after our daughter was born and I started using them, I had so many issues. Mainly my problem was leaks, leaks, and more leaks. I was so frustrated. After talking to more moms about my issues, I realized I was sizing them incorrectly (we have OS). Things got better, but I was still getting leaks. I would spend whole days changing her diapers and trying new sizes. Then I ordered a few hemp inserts. Still…LEAKS!!
I was losing my patience.
Also, I was worried about the diapers I had purchased to sell. How could I sell diapers that I didn’t even believe in? But I still felt I was doing something wrong because the majority of parents seemed very pleased with the diapers and did not experience any leakage. So, I stripped them… stripped them really, really well.
The lesson I learned? My detergent sucked [not my diapers!] and getting a really great detergent with little residue makes ALL the difference! I never thought that the residue from detergents could have such a huge effect. I had stripped the diapers once before, but I guess my detergent was leaving such a horrible residue that they really needed to be stripped often…which I wasn’t up for. The diapers also never quite smelled clean with the icky detergent.
I am now using Charlie’s Soap on the diapers and I’m in heaven. The new soap leaves them soft and clean… no smells. It even got rid of the little bit of staining I had! Now I am in the place with our FuzziBunz that I hear so many parents rave about! We love them. AND, we have even began using them overnight now (with no leaks). Our little one sleeps long hours at night and is a heavy soaker so that is saying a lot for the diapers.
We are officially free of disposables.
So for parents that come to you with leakage issues, make sure you stress the importance of a good [cloth diaper] detergent! I was cursing the diapers, when it wasn’t the diapers at all!
I’m so so happy with FuzziBunz! Thank you!!
Ashley McLaren (Ashley’s daughter is pictured below, fast asleep in her now-leak-proof FuzziBunz)
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Lafayette, Louisiana (October 7, 2010) – FuzziBunz® cloth diapers today announces at the 8th Annual ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas its new FuzziBunz Diaper Detergent, specially formulated by popular cloth diaper detergent manufacturer, Rockin’ Green.
Tereson Dupuy, the founder of the first modern cloth diaper, FuzziBunz, and the woman who started the modern cloth diapering movement, says she is thrilled to be able to offer this popular detergent to FuzziBunz customers.
“Rockin’ Green offers an amazing cleaning agent that leaves no soap-scum residue and leaves diapers so clean and fresh. FuzziBunz [Cloth] Diaper Detergent was carefully formulated by Rockin’ Green to ensure we are only offering the best cleaning solution to anyone using and washing FuzziBunz’s award-winning diapers along with any other cloth diaper made with fleece too,” says Dupuy
She adds, “The new FuzziBunz Diaper Detergent has been tested by hundreds of moms, many who have struggled with soap-scum, cloth diaper stink, and residue build-up caused by other so-called cloth diaper detergents.”
Kim Webb, founder of Rockin’ Green adds, “We have taken special care to come up with a formula that works extremely well for FuzziBunz cloth diapers and that gets them clean and fresh without any residue build-up or synthetic chemicals or scents. Plus, FuzziBunz Diaper Detergent can cut through minerals and hard water like no other and uses only biodegradable, eco-friendly ingredients… period!”
FuzziBunz Diaper Detergent will be available for pre-sale at the ABC Expo. It is unscented.
For more information about FuzziBunz Diaper Detergent, please visit www.fuzzibunz.com.
The patented FuzziBunz® pocket diapers are a convenient and sustainable diapering solution for today’s busy parents. The reusable diapers ensure no leaks, no rash and no waste. FuzziBunz® diapers include three layers: 1) a waterproof outer barrier to keep wetness contained, 2) a soft microfleece inner layer that touches a baby’s skin and pulls away moisture, and 3) a unique, pocket-style opening that enables a parent to customize the absorbency using super absorbent micro-terrycloth pads. Stay-at-home-mom, Tereson Dupuy, invented FuzziBunz® in January 1999 in response to her infant son’s chronic diaper rash and her overall dissatisfaction with all available diapers. Tereson stitched the first FuzziBunz® in her home and a short time later, the FuzziBunz® diapering movement was born. For more information about FuzziBunz® cloth diapers and accessories and to find a list of retailers, please visit www.fuzzibunz.com.