Thank you for joining me in my virtual world! I have dedicated a lot of time into natural products.
It started off with a cloth diaper. The cloth diaper inspired me to look into other natural products that I can make myself. Soon I moved onto soapmaking, using essential oils as natural remedies and incorporating these oils into balms and salves. My favorite is blending essential oils and adding them into my diffuser. I hope you enjoy my blog. Don't forget to subscribe and share!
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Why I Cloth Diaper my baby. pros and cons on cloth diapers
When i had my son Seth in 2014 i was using disposable diapers. When they are so little the pack of diapers brings A LOT! After the 1st year he started using size 5 and every month i was spending $40+ on disposable diapers and another $20+ on over night diapers. This was really breaking my pockets. After a couple of months I researched on saving money on diapers. I stumbled across a cloth diaper blog and I absolutely loved the idea about them!
My son has now been cloth diapered for a year and I can't complain. I've had a year experience so I can tell you my pros and cons about them.
1. You need to most likely touch baby poo but you can always wear gloves :)
2. Extra laundry
3. Laundry service can be quite expensive starting at $20 a week
4. Extra water, electricity a detergent to wash them
5. Very expensive upfront
Now these 5 cons are enough to scare anybody away but there is a solution for them all except the extra laundry con.
If you wear gloves then your bare hands will never come in contact with poo. When your baby poos you can easily knock it into the toilet. There is a really cool sprayer designed JUST for this purpose of rinsing those poopy diapers before you throw them into your laundry bag. You can see the sprayer by clicking here. This sprayer comes with all the attachments needed. You can also buy a shield for it which prevents splashes. You can see the shield by clicking here .
If you don't mind doing your own laundry then you will save a lot on the laundry services.
If you want to save on water and electricity then i recommend you buy enough cloth diapers to last you a month. This way you only need to do one or 2 full size loads depending on how big or small your machine is. When I first started I hand washed all his cloth diapers for months. I then purchased a Laundry Pod to help my aching fingers. Want to see me in action? You can watch my video here on how i wash my cloth diapers using my laundry pod . I no longer use the laundry pod because i was lucky to get a washer as a gift from my mom :) People now and days are really into ecofriendly products and many make their own soap wayyyy cheaper than the store bought brands. I make my own laundry soap and sell it at EcoLifeNatural at $3.50 for 32 loads!
1. Disposable diapers get tossed into a huge landfill where diapers are sitting there for decades. For the 1st year a baby will use anywhere between 3,000 - 4,000 diapers! That's about $1,000 a year in just diapers. With $500 of upfront cost of cloth diapers you can use them for years and pass them on to your other babies.
2. Cloth diapers are 100% natural. The only thing on your babies bottom is real fabric. Disposable diapers are not natural in any way shape or form. They have toxins in them that very rarely cause toxic shock syndrome. Not something i want to risk.
3. Cloth diapers are just so dang cute! Here i'll show you some
When I first started cloth diapering i started feeling overwhelmed by having to wash all these cloths by hand! At first I didn't mind but after the 3rd or 4th month of having to wash them weekly I started feeling the strain in my hands. One day i was browsing pintrest when i came across a pin showing the Laundry Pod and it read "Portable washing machine for small spaces". I eagerly opened the page and i was excited about this Laundry Pod. For weeks i obsessed on it. I looked at pictures and watched videos all over the web. A month later i was able to save money to buy it. The original price was for $100 plus shipping but i was able to find it on Ebay for $80 with shipping included. So when you look at the Laundry Pod it resembles a giant salad spinner. It has a little handle on top that is used to spin your clothes. Many videos can be found on Youtube on how it works. I created this video with pictures and text on how I use my Laundry Pod to wash my cloth …
Essential Oil Conversions Ounces to Milliliters 1/8th oz = 3.75 ml 1/4th oz = 7.5 ml 1/2 oz = 15 ml 1 oz = 30 ml 4 oz = 120 ml 8 oz = 237 ml 16 oz = 473 ml
Ounces to Drops 1/8th oz = 75 drops 1/4th oz = 150 drops 1/2 oz = 300 drops 1 oz = 600 drops
Pure undiluted essential oils are very strong. Some essential oils can burn the skin if not diluted. All essential oils are diluted in either carrier oils, diffuser, soap, lotion, massage oil, or an aroma spray. Most people use 1 - 2% dilution meaning that only 1 - 2% of essential oils should go in a finished product. I like to use the 1% dilution for infants, kids, elderly or sensitive skin. 2% dilution for adults or for people with normal skin.
1% dilution = 6 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of carrier oil
2% dilution = 12 drops of essential oil per 1 oz of carrier oil