Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY Eco-Friendly Air Freshener for your Diaper Pail or Home!

Are you looking for a natural solution to deal with the smell of stinky diapers in your nursery? I recently discovered this DIY, natural air freshener! It's easy to make inexpensive and free of chemicals!

DIY Air Freshener

What you need:
Small, empty jar with a lid
Baking soda
Essential Oils, any scent

  1. Fill your empty jar with baking soda. Leave a bit of room at the top.
  2. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil. Use more or less depending on how strong you want the scent to be.
  3. Stir the mixture being sure to break up any clumps.
  4. Punch holes in the lid of the jar with a hammer and nails.
  5. Enjoy the fresh scent! 
The baking soda will absorb any unpleasant smells and the essential oil will provide a pleasant scent to your nose! 

What natural DIY recipes are you using in place of commercial products?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dealing with stinky diapers? We're here to help!

It happens sometimes. Your diapers will stink and I don't mean because of the present your baby left inside for you to deal with. Here's some of the common reasons your diapers may stink and how to solve your problem.

Barnyard Stink
This is used to describe cloth diapers that smell bad despite being clean.

Increase the amount of detergent.
Switch detergents - your detergent may not be doing a great job.
Decrease the amount of diapers you wash at once. If your load is too big, your diapers will not get clean.

If you notice a burning, knock your socks off smell in your dirty diapers, you are dealing with ammonia! There are two types of ammonia:

Diaper Pail Ammonia: if your diapers doesn't wreak of ammonia after you change your baby, but you notice the smell after they've been in the diaper pail, this is common! If this is your problem, you'll want to wash more often and rinse your diapers before throwing them in the pail.

Diaper Change Ammonia: if you can't change your baby's diaper without being blown away from the ammonia smell, you need to strip your diapers! The ammonia can cause burns on your baby that are very painful, so it's important to treat your diapers. You'll want to start rinsing your diapers before throwing them into the pail, especially nighttime diapers. If you have hard water, consider adding Calgon to your wash routine. Make sure your detergent is rinsing out of your diapers in your wash routine. You may need to decrease the amount of detergent you use.

Have you been battling cloth diaper stink issues?  Have you tried any of the tips above?  Please share!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Saying goodbye to cloth diapers, now what?

If the sad day has come when your last child potty trains, you may be wondering what to do with your cloth diapers. There are quite a few options! 

Donate them! Look for a local cloth diaper bank or charity that can use them. There are also some other organizations like Giving Diapers, Giving Hope or Share the Love.

Pass them on! Do you have a friend that could benefit from using cloth diapers? What about someone who has crossed your path that may be struggling to provide for her baby? Sharing your cloth diapers with others may be the best thing you can do with them!

Sell them! Recoup some of the money you spent on your diapers and sell them! You can use a site like Cloth Diaper Trader to list and sell your diapers. 

Repurpose them! If you have a ton of flats, prefolds or microfiber inserts, use them for cleaning rags around the house! With kids, you can never have too many towels to clean up spills! Another idea is to let your little one use a diaper cover on her dolls. 

What do you plan to do with your diapers when you are finished with them?

Monday, July 15, 2013

How to choose a cloth diaper safe detergent

There's a lot of discussion about what detergent to use on your cloth diapers. The detergent works for one person may not work for you or your baby. Here's a guide to help you find a detergent that is safe for cloth diapers. These are ingredients you should generally avoid when choosing a detergent:

  • Enzymes
  • Dyes
  • Perfumes
  • Optical Brightners
  • Fabric Softeners
  • Wrinkle Guards

A few notes:

  • Powdered detergents should be dissolved before adding your diapers.
  • Free and Clear detergents can cause build-up which can lead to leaks.
  • Powdered detergents are best for hard water.
  • If you have hard water, consider adding Calgon to your wash routine.

Knickernappies recommends the following detergents:

  • Allen's Naturally
  • Country Save
  • Mountain Green
  • Tide
  • Tide-Free
  • Planet
  • BumGenius
  • Tiny Bubbles
  • Rockin' Green

Have you found a detergent that works well in your routine?

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Knickernapies Sighting: Custom Fit is one of "Three Pocket Diapers You Must Try"

Knickernappies Custom Fit Diapers are one of "three pocket diapers you must try" at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Our custom fit diapers were praised for their great fit, side snaps, and option of microfiber or hemp blend inserts.

Find custom fit diapers at Cloth Diaper Outlet and many of our other retailers!

Do you have a Knickernappies sighting to share? Have you reviewed or written about Knickernappies? Send us a link!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Top five reasons you should cloth diaper!

There are tons of reasons you should cloth diaper, but here are my top 5

1. Save the Planet! - The average baby uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers! That's a lot! If you are using disposable diapers, they are thrown into a landfill to sit for an estimated 250-500 years before decomposing! That means that every disposable diaper that has ever been thrown away is still sitting in a landfill somewhere. Yikes! Cloth diapers can be reused for multiple babies and even repurposed once you are finished with them.

2. Save your wallet! - It costs roughly $2,500 to diaper a baby from birth to potty training using disposable diapers. With cloth you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars! A baby can be cloth diapered for less than $100 when using flats or prefolds and for just a few hundred dollars you can use modern cloth.

3. Protect your baby's skin! - Disposable diapers are full of harmful chemicals. Have you ever heard of toulene, sodium polyacrylate or dioxin? These are just a few of the harmful chemicals used in cloth diapers. Sodium polyacrylate is the gel like substance in disposable diapers. It has been linked to TSS and banned in the use of tampons. Dioxin is used to bleach the diapers to look white. The EPA considers it a cancer causing agent. Toulene is found in paints and gasoline and creates the awful smell. Cloth diapers are made from fabric. Not harmful chemicals to come into contact with your baby's skin!

4. It's easier than you think! - Sure, there is a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, especially if you are used to disposable diapers. The information on cloth diapers can be overwhelming at first, all the different brands, styles, and accessories. Once you get started, you will quickly become an expert! You will find that one extra load of laundry really isn't that bad and it's much more convenient than running to Target at midnight because you are out of diapers.

5. Oh  my, the cuteness! - Have you ever seen a baby wearing a cloth diaper? Oh my! Is there anything cuter?

What is your #1 reason for using cloth?

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