I use cloth diapers all the time!!
I just love them to bits, so much nicer on the bottom and our son has a big bum for diapers, so the ones that fit him width-wise are ridiculous length wise; but the cloth diapers fit just fine.
We have the covers/long pad version (I have NO idea what they are called) we got as hand-me-downs from someone who never used them!!
Originally Posted by Yosemite
Laundry detergent is quite expensive.
1 part soap bar
1 part borax
1 part washing soda
Blend in food processor.
I LOVE IT!!!! It doesn't smell, super soft on baby skin, makes great laundry soap & is ridiculously inexpensive/load.
Originally Posted by kara_leigh
I plan to get quite a few diapers so I only have to wash them about 2 times a week. Then again you have to wash each load 3 times. A cold wash with no soap, a hot/cold wash with soap, and a second cold wash to rinse them fully.
Uh hun, you might want to try that one again
I wash my diapers 2 times a day... they really start to smell when you don't clean them up right away & the stains will actually come out when you wash them asap. If washing 2x a week is going to work for you my greatest respects to your laundry prowess, but I could never do that and get the poo out
I rinse out the poop either directly into the toilet or a non-kitchen sink. I only wash once in VERY hot water/cold rinse, then they get put out to dry on the line in the sun to kill off any bacteria. I find most babies skin aren't quite as sensitive as certain companies would like to lead you to believe, if you're worried even a second cold rinse would probably be better economy then re-washing all your diapers.
Plus homemade laundry detergent really is gentle on the skin since there are no perfumes or dyes.
Congratulations on the decision to foster!!! It's a wonderful, selfless thing to do!!