Cloth wipes

So over the past week I collected a blue bag of old and too small clothes from the kids rooms and the attic for donation. After someone mentioned I should make cloth wipes in an earlier post of mine, I thought they were completely right! I did think about doing that at some point. 

Today I decided I would go through that blue bag and pull out the old ragged cotton clothes. I pulled these ones out, but put some back as I felt they would still be good for some child to wear! I felt too guilty to cut up good clothing.

Small stash for now. I will add to this pile in the future with more ragged clothes. The spray bottle contains 1 Tbsp soap, 1 Tbsp lotion, and 1 cup water. My plan for now and probably indefinitely is to use these for quick diaper cleanups and the homemade wipes for tougher messes. I am still fairly new at this point with cloth diapers.

Update

I was not quite happy with the perfirmance of the old clothing wipes I made. Too flimsy. I found an old sheet and was able to cut 80 strips for reusable wipes.
So much better! Also, I decided to just use these for all cleanups with cloth diapers. I have to rince/wash out the reusable liners anyways. Also, I will be adding these to the wipe box in the kitchen for hand and face cleanups with the kids.

Much less paper towel needed and money savings!

Update February 8th, 2019.

I started using coconut oil, from Bulk Barn as the lotion way back in November or December. Worked really well. I would add about 2 Tbsp coconut oil + 1 Tbsp liquid soap to 1.5 cups hot water. Of course, melt the oil first.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Quiet fun filled day at home with the family. Jack helped make granola bars. Julua helped make cupcakes and icing. Alaina helped make apple pie. Of course, this was done the day before Thanksgiving! Im not crazy! Hahaha!

Delicious turkey from Jean and Dave. Thank you!!!!!
Outdoor fun with Jack and Julia
Gaming of course!!
My awesome and incredible husband, Chris. Xo
Surprise!! Its me! 
Julia getting the veggies ready for cooking.
Alaina doing to table arrangements. Such a great helper! 

I am thankful for my wonderful healthy family!

Bulk Barn and Grocery Trip This Weekend

Got my containers together ready for my next trip into Bulk Barn this weekend. I think this is my biggest refill trip so far. I keep adding products onto my list these past few weeks. 

Milk chocolate chips and Amber Honey
Large Rolled oats and Panko bread crumbs.
Ground coffee, Grahm crackers, Pretzels, Peanut butter , Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Macaroons, Chocolate covered almonds, 3 candy treats.
Chicken gravy, Coconut oil, Taco spice(new to me), Table salt.
Shreddies and Bran flakes. I added a scoop of Thomson raisins when I got home into the Bran flakes I already had from last week.

I did find 6 metal straws! I also seen they carry Cheerios now too!

 

Here is the better half of my grocery trip.

Fleece blanket for liners in the cloth diapers. Cotton yarn to crochet some wipes.
Single boxes of tissue. No wrapping.
The kids like this kind of cranberry juice, but the cover is waste, not recyclable. Though, I have been having a real hard time finding the right reusable juice box. So after some thought in the aisle, I decided to try these once they are empty for the kids at school. They are small and should seal properly. Washable too!
Allen’s apple juice and Oasis juices.(Container and caps/ring are recyclable!)Compliments cranberry juice(cap is not recyclable, this was a test buy)
Go ADL!!!! Milk cartons, caps and pull outs are recyclable! Coffee cream cap is waste.
Cat food by the cans, not boxed.
Blueberries, ground cherries and gooseberries. The last two types are new to us, from NB, no one really likes them. 2 bundles of carrots, bananas, pepper, corn, apples, tomatoes(DIY tomatoe paste), turnip, kiwi and sweet potatoes.
How I store my carrots: Lay them out.
Cut off the tops. Wash with cold water and a vegetable scrubber.
Stored in a long dish, wrapped in a wet towel. Stays crunchy and hard for well over a week. Replace towel every few days and keep it wet.
Full as can be.

The not so friendly packaged items.

  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Juice boxes for now
  • Fruit cups
  • Hash browns
  • Eggos
  • Meat packaged
  • Deli meat and hot dogs
  • Cheese
  • Corn Flakes
  • Baby lotion and soap(containers only are recyclable)
  • kids fluoride free toothpaste

Recyclable/compost items

  • Yogurt and yogurt drinks
  • Cream of chicken
  • Milk and juice
  • Sour cream
  • Pop
  • Single boxes of tissue (little waste)
  • Potatoes (little waste)
  • cat food cans

Next on the list is too make bread, buns and granola bars between today and tomorrow. Also cookies for a treat I think!

My Bulk Barn Picks So Far

Here is a list of the Bulk Barn items I purchase.

  • Chocolate treats, not wrapped
  • Candy, not wrapped
  • Ground coffee
  • Seasonings
  • Pepper balls
  • Ground pepper
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Honey
  • White rice
  • Bread crumbs
  • Large Rolled oats
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Powder sugar
  • Croutons
  • Bacon bits
  • Beef and chicken boullion
  • Salt
  • Brown Gravy mix
  • Chicken Gravy mix
  • Baking soda
  • Shreddies
  • Bran flakes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Party Mix chips
  • Grahm crackers

There is still more I will be purchasing in the future as my ingredients/products at home run out.

I did try the regular peanut butter, everyone at home likes it except one of our children. I am not willing to cut that out of her diet if she won’t eat the Bulk Barn product. Finding alternatives before removing a source is important! I’m sure she will come around eventually! It really is good!

Take this list and add all the bags, packages, boxboard, recyclable containers that are avoided! Adds up and totally worth it!

Paper Towel Homemade Wipes

I’ve been using these homemade wipes for 3 years now, much better than the disposable ones! All you need is select-a-size paper towel, soap, lotion and water! A new batch needs to be made every 2-3 days to stay fresh. I usually make 2 bins worth at a time. One for diaper changes and one for hand and face cleanups after meals, snacks or other messy times.

These are the containers I use.
Perfect size for select-a-size paper towel.
3 rolls will fill the containers up.
Separate them. This takes me 5 or 6 minutes. Not long.
Roughly divide them into the containers.
1 full container will need 3 Tbsp of lotion.
3 Tbsp of soap.
Mix those together well, otherwise you will have clumpy lotion when the water is added.
Add 3 cups of hot water and mix.
Pour mixture over paper towels .
Cover and let sit for a little while so the mixture can soak through and cool down.

There it is! Homemade wipes in as little as 5 minutes!

Making the Switch To Cloth Diapers!

So this just happened!

About 1 year ago or 2, I thought about switching to cloth diapers, but never really did venture down that road. I asked some family about it, but I just did not get the feeling that it was something I wanted to get into. At the time we had 2 in diapers and I think our middle child just got out of them. I don’t remember correctly as I am pretty sure, that is something parents want to forget!!! Hahaha!! Just joking. Mommy brain!

The last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of talk about single used plastics and cutting back, finding better ways and alternatives. Diaper waste has always been on my mind, but more so now. Just enough to make me feel ready to make a change. We are only going to be using diapers for about one more year.

I am part of a mom supporting other moms group and I blankly asked for information about everything on cloth diapers! First response was check out YouTube. But I really wanted to talk and ask questions first. Then along came some great advice! I was so happy!!

Next came finding some used ones (I did not want to buy new, reuse, reduce, less cost too). I did find some, 13 for $65.00, with 10 extra inserts. Next I did check out some YouTube videos and found some good ones. Here are my favourites from We Are The Strange.

How to wash

How to Bleach Update: I don’t use bleach anymore, its bad stuff!!! I switched to liquid Oxygen Bleach, by Nature Clean. Works great!!

How to stuff pocket diapers

 

 

 

 

Washed, stuffed and ready to go!

First one put on. Not too bad! Thomas did not really notice a difference that I could tell. Super happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess how long this one lasted. 20 minutes. Guess how dirty it was. Yup, #2. Jump in the deep end! No easing into new routine! Hahaha! I was not really prepared. Ha! Ended up tossing my supposed reusable liner.

I think I will make some reusable wipes for pee cleanups, since I have to wash all the diaper pieces too. Keep using my homemade wipes for messy times.

Oh what fun!

I have to mention my husband. When I first brought up the talk for cloth diapers, he immediately said NO. Then after 10 minutes he said if that is what I want to do, its okay. But did not want to spend the money. So still kinda of a no. Then another 10 minutes he asks about the cost and says yes. But he is not dealing with those diapers! Haha!! I don’t mind one bit, I do most of the changes anyways. He helps with a lot of other things too, so I let him off the hook. I’m a very passive person.

I will be keeping a “daddy stash” of disposables for him and even for Grammie Jean, who helps with babysitting occasionally.

I am super happy and looking forward to the next few days in working out the kinks!

Update, Sept 29, 2018.

By the end of the first day of using cloth diapers, my boys bum was turning red. Yup. . .  So I immediately asked the moms group for information and it turns out my makeshift liners were not going to do. They don’t wisk away moisture. I was told to use store bought liners or fleece.

I got a secret that I did not share yesterday! The lady I bought the cloth diapers from was offering the rest of her roll of liners. When she showed me a picture of them, I thought it was a roll of plastic liners for a garbage pail. I even said I don’t want them as I am cutting out waste at home. I asked if I could go without them and was told yes. Haha! Oh what did I get into eh!

I took care of Thomas’s bottom and put back on a disposable (Chris’s idea and a good one) and after he went to bed I went out shopping.  First stop was Wal-Mart. I looked and looked and could not find any! I asked an employee, and she found out they don’t carry them. I was surprised! Really! I took a look at the fleece blankets but they are all made of polyester. I did not think that was right for my babies bottom. I walked out empty handed. Took a trip next door to Superstore, only to find none there either. On the way back home I stopped into Sobey’s hoping they might have some. Guess what! They did not.

It was well after 10:00pm when I got home disappointed. Next day, the 29th, I messaged the group and the lady I got the diapers from saying I made a huge mistake and I need liners. Apparently I have to go to Toys R Us or buy them online and a wool substitute for reusable liners, microfleece is best. Eesh! The lady said I can go pick up the liners I refused Sunday.

I took this whole cloth diaper journey way too fast. Not enough communication or research. Thomas bottom is fine by the way. Switching back to disposables and cream for overnight fixed him right up 100%. My husband says too much Hare, not enough Tortoise!

Our journey will begin again sometime tomorrow. I will add an update later to say how we are getting along.

Update, September 30, 2018

Turns out I am not getting those liners from the lady, she is not available. . . ? So I will be ordering them online, delaying the cloth diaper use.

Why do local stores not carry liners??

Update, October 6, 2018

Got a confirmation yesterday about buying a polyester fleece blanket! Yes! Thank you!

Fleece blanket is in the washer! I figured there was more work to it as the blanket gets cut, I thought the edges would need to be sewed! Not the case! 

Hopefully this afternoon I will be ready to jump back into the cloth diapers!

Blanket is washed and dried. I cut it up into strips for liners but it is falling apart around the cut edges! Messy! Putting them in the dryer to see if those loose pieces will come off that way. I thought that would happen. I hope they dont come undone all together!

Alright. Dryer worked. Much less fuzzy! Round #2! Ready, set, go!

Update October 7, 2018

Had a great evening and night. Liners are working great!!

Though today there has been a couple leaks. I guess I need to change him more often.

I found a fleece blanket that doesn’t really get used. Much better than the one I bought. Cleaned it up and it is ready for use now!

Update October 9, 2018.

Cloth diapering is super easy! Super happy with the new liners. Thomas has no rashes! I’ve gotten just as fast changing a cloth diaper as I could a disposable one.

Today I made some cloth wipes, mainly for the quick cleanups not the messy ones. I am not that brave, yet.

Update October 12, 2018.

Well, I got more brave. I made better reusable wipes from a sheet, more sturdy, and decided to use them for all cleanups. No more paper towel. No more stinky garbage = less waste.