Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The cloth diaper sprayer, an essential part of cloth diapering?

I’ve had a diaper sprayer since the moment cloth diapers set foot into my house. I can’t imagine using cloth diapers without one. When I’ve had to do the toilet bowl swish and flush…well…less than pleasant is all that I’m going to say.

My best friend, a fellow cloth diaper-er, has never had a diaper sprayer. We’ve been cloth diapering our babes since they were both born in 2008, okay well those two are actually potty trained now, but our younger children are all in fluff. I keep telling her how the sprayer has been hands down the most essential part of cloth diapering for us (other than the actual cloth diapers). She has a messy pooper now and is on the verge of giving up fluff because she’s tired of swishing. I get it. My son’s poop was mushy and rarely just plopped into the toilet. I would’ve been horrified if I had had to swish a diaper around in the toilet to rinse it off.

Many parents who decide to use cloth diapers forego the diaper sprayer because of the cost. I wanted to know if foregoing this awesome product was worth saving the money but keeping the disgusting hassle. The standard America toilet from 1990 and on flushes 1.6 gallons of water down the drain. According to a small and unofficial poll I conducted on my Facebook page most cloth diaper swishers do two swishes in the bowl. One swish to rid the nastiness; flush. Then you have to have new water in the bowl for another swish to get it ready for laundry day. With an average of two swishes per poopy diaper (hopefully you don’t have too many three swishers, talk about a mess!) you’re using 3.2 gallons of water per average poopy diaper.

From my best guess, and using my accountant husband’s brain, the diaper sprayer should not use as much water as flushing the toilet. You only have to do one flush with the sprayer as opposed to the 2 or sometimes 3 flushes to get the poops off with no sprayer.  It would be nearly impossible for me, okay my husband, to figure out if you would save money by buying the diaper sprayer because every municipality has different water rates
and we probably use thousands of gallons of water per day. That being said… having a diaper sprayer probably won’t save you a ton of money what it will save you is your sanity and probably the likelihood that you’ll continue to use cloth diapers. Is it worth $43.95? Yes. Some times convenience and sanity rule over those green bills!
Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child! 


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