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Old 02-04-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Choosing the more thrifty option?

I want to use cloth so bad, but we use coin laundry. It's cheaper to use disposables, neither SO or I can hand wash. We're talking about 250 dollar year difference not including start up costs for 2 boys in diapers. And that is assuming a 3 day stash.

The other part of it is I've tried this many times and have always had to sell them for some reason or another. So I'll need to convince SO I can do this and why we should spend more on diapers than we do. He doesn't think disposable diapers are any worse than cloth (not saying disposables are bad but cloth is the non chemical option).

Has any one convinced themselves and SO/DH to do the more expensive route?

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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I'm sorry your laundry is so expensive! That sucks! What cloth options have you researched? If you're looking at pockets, Alva Baby and Sunbaby are two brands I have used that are budget friendly. I really like prefolds but they aren't for everyone.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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Are you planning on future kids? The more kids you reuse cloth for, the cheaper it is overall. Have you shown him the pictures circulating Web/Facebook with the mountain of 1000 our so disposables that a baby goes through in their first year? Its ridiculous. Also does your yearly cost include drying? Can you hang to dry?
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Re: Choosing the more thrifty option?

I was going to suggest pockets stuffed with flats or microfiber towels. You can usually do a whole week in one load of wash, and hang to dry for one kid, I am not sure about two kids but let's say 2x a week. It is also possible to handwash the pee-only diapers (and the poop if you have a diaper sprayer) in a 5 gallon bucket with a stick but that is pretty hard core. I think you should re-evaluate the actual cost of sposie diapers and wipes vs. two loads of wash per week because often it is way more than you think.

That's not to say there are those that can score the free or super cheap diapers with Rite Aid, etc and that some places coin wash is $3 a load. It depends on your specific circumstances.
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Re: Choosing the more thrifty option?

Bummer! If it helps, it costs me $2 to wash and dry my cloth diapers (cold rinse, hot wash, cold rinse, 45 minute dryer cycle, and detergent) at home. I have no idea what a laundromat costs, but I think a LOT of people ignore the true costs of washing cloth diapers. I wash only twice a week, so it's an extra $18 a month to use CDs, just in washing.

I recently scored a box of 32 EUC flats off of FSOT for only $40ppd. If you stalk for a while, you can find great deals. Flats can go 4-5 days between washings, although with two kiddos in cloth, you probably can't go more than 3.5 days before the pail fills up
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Re: Choosing the more thrifty option?

Well I use cloth primarily due to the cost. So I wouldn't do it if it was the more expensive option.

So, trying to think of some alternatives...

What about Flips with sposie inserts? That way all you have to wash is the covers and those could be washed by hand at home unless they get pooped on. Or even with prefolds, you can probably get a weeks worth of prefolds for two all in one load and only have to throw in covers if they get really nasty.
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Re: Choosing the more thrifty option?

I'm with PP, I use cloth for the cost so idk if I would've started if it was going to be more expensive...

HOWEVER, if you're concerned about the chemicals, don't make the really chemical-ridden disposables an option. Present DH research about that and tell him it's expensive natural or organic or whatever they call them disposables, or cloth.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:58 AM   #8
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I have 2 in cloth, a1 year old and a2.5 year old. I've been washing diapers for 2.5 years, and a few months ago I got so tired of my other laundry piling up because I was always washing diapers. So now I wash only when I run out. I have around 4 dozen flats and prefolds, so I generally only wash twice a week (whenever I get down to 6 diapers or so). I'm nt sure if coin laundry uses bigger machines, but I still have to split into 2 loads, but now only one day is consumed by diaper laundry. Because I use flats and prefolds: 1) they are fine sitting for a few days (I don't think microfiber or AIOs could handle it on a regular basis without stinkies) 2) I can use anything to wash them 3) they can get beached, oxycleaned, sanitized etc without worry 4) if somehow one managed to get ruined, oh well, it's only a buck 5) they don't need 8000 rinses like microfiber does, I do a wam wash/warm rinse, then a hot wash/warm rinse, and usually that's it. I only do a 3rd wash/rinse if I used bleach, vinegar, etc, just to make rue it's all out. One other thing I do is have over 2 dozen covers, I wash those separate, but that is for my wn sanity. I only wash those when I run out, and they just need a quick regular wash and I hang dry them. I wash them separate so that I don't put tons of wear on them, they don't need 2-3 washes like te diapers do. For you, I woud recommend just washing te covers with your regular laundry, and wash the diapers alone, I'm sure it wouldn't appeal to your DH to buy so many as me even though I was thrifty with them, it took me awile (seconds sales, b1g1 sales, etc).
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Buy a portable washer and hang to dry. I used flats and pockets. I love my Haier portable washer.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:33 PM   #10
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Re: Choosing the more thrifty option?

Thanks for the responses. It's 1.50 to wash one time, 1.0p to dry.

I did bring it up to him, and he shot it down right away.
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