So I’m sure; those of you that follow me, remember that I got some Fuzzibunz diapers recently for a really reasonable price and was really excited to try them out. Well we have had them for about a week now and I can safely say that I LOVE THEM! haha We had a hiccup the first few days, but its all solved now. Fuzzibunz just look, fit and function more like disposable diapers than gdiapers. We still prefer our Gdiapers for night time (since the inserts absorb SO MUCH PEE! haha) but have started putting Elenore in Fuzzibunz everyday, during the day.
I’m sure you all know that Elenore is super slim (I can her petite) and is on the small side, so other diapers tend to overwhelm her. Fuzzibunz don’t. When she is wearing them you can’t really tell that she is wearing a cloth diaper and she moves freely and more easily then when she is wearing prefolds or Gdiapers. So overall, we are preferring Fuzzibunz now. The only issue we have encountered is that she was reacting to the synthetic materials in the diaper. I’m not 100% sure what was happening, but after she peed in a Fuzzibunz diaper she got a real red rash. So after washing all of them 4 times and then putting Baby powder on her bum on each changing, she has stopped reacting. (Thanks Tara for that tip bit of advice! I.e The baby powder trick) And we are happily using Fuzzibunz everyday now.
We also got a Sunbaby diaper the other day and another diaper that my friend, Tara purchased off of a Co-op. They are both adorable diapers and they fit Elenore great! Plus, she hasn’t reacted to them. (I really don’t get why she was reacting to the Fuzzibunz diapers lol) So with that in mind; I believe that Matt and I will be purchasing Sunbaby diapers for our next child. (They have a 12 diapers plus inserts package for $60! Can’t beat that!) Once we add more sunbaby’s we will have more than enough diapers to cloth diaper a newborn full time! Yippee! Matt loves the price of Sunbaby’s and so do I. You just can’t beat that! :)
And finally, another tid bit that I have learned in my Cloth diapering adventures: Tea tree oil.
“Tea Tree Oil: One of the better known disinfectants. Tea tree oil is available in different grades, so it’s smart to educate yourself on what the grades mean when you buy and use. You want to look for a quality Australian Tea Tree oil (melaleuca).
Two major chemical components that make up tea tree oil are called 1,8 Cineole and Terpinen-4-ol and you want to look at the numbers associated with those components when selecting your tea tree oil for disinfecting.
1,8 Cineole is the compound that gives tea tree its camphor-like scent and is also found in eucalyptus oil. Cineole is a skin irritant so you want a low number for disinfecting. If a bottle says “for aromatherapy” there’s a good chance it has a high cineole percentage and will not work for disinfecting or any kind of application that will touch skin.
Terpinen-4-ol is what gives the tea tree oil its germicidal properties. It’s related to alcohol and is a good antibacterial and antiviral. You want a high number.
Top quality tea tree oil for disinfecting has a maximum of 5% cineole and a 35-40% Terpenin-4-ol
To use: add ½ -1 teaspoon to laundry*
For diapers, don’t put it directly on diapers. Add it to the water after the machine has filled. If you are using a front loading machine, add the tea tree oil to some water and put that in the soap dispenser.
* I understand lots of people use anywhere from 5-10 drops for normal “everyday disinfecting” but if you need to really disinfect a load of laundry (contagious sick person in the house, yeast infection, etc) more tea tree oil should be used.
Kills: bacteria, mold, some viruses, yeast, but not yeast spores (for yeast spores see Grapefruit Seed Extract)”
What a awesome resource! So after reading this I went out and bought myself some and tried it out on my new load of diapers (The “new to me” diapers) The house filled with the smell of Tea Tree oil and I still haven’t decided if I like the smell or not, but I love the fact that I know that if there were any nasty bugs on those diapers, they are dead! I plan on just putting a few drops in each load so that I don’t have to worry about my diapers getting nasty. Now, I also found on that link that you can use Grapefruit Seed Extract for more disinfecting of diapers and other clothing when you have a real nasty bug in the house. (Staph infections, Influenza, Herpes etc.) What a great resource! I wasn’t able to find Grapefruit Seed Extract at HEB but plan on looking at a local health food store and if that doesn’t work, buy offline. I want the stuff in the house, just in case. :) Who knows when you will need to kill of yeast or a staph infection in a load of diapers?!
Here is more info on Grapefruit seed extract:
Grapefruit Seed Extract: synthesized from the seeds and pulp of the grapefruit, it’s a very broad spectrum microbicide, bactericide, fungicide, antiparasitic, and anti-viral. Grapefruit Seed Extract is the only natural way to kill yeast spores. It also kills staph, strep, salmonella, and e.coli. It also kills herpes and influenza!
GSE has been tested and found to be anywhere from 10 to 100 times more effective against these offending microorganisms than chlorine bleach, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, and iodine.
It is becoming the disinfectant of choice in hospitals, too!
It is expensive, so the other options on here are far more economical for other disinfecting, but when it comes to yeast – this is the single most effective way to stop it in its tracks on your clothing and cloth diapers. You can buy it at your local health food store.
GSE can also be diluted and used as a swab on affected areas, for cleaning, or even internally for parasites, but I am a laundry queen, not a doctor, and not an expert on treating any kind of human infection – though there’s plenty of other books and websites that can tell you all about it.
For light laundry disinfecting: use 10-15 drops per load.
For heavy disinfecting (when dealing with something nasty or resistant): ½ to 1 teaspoon of GSE to each load of laundry. Wash and dry normally.
Source same as above link.
Here are more awesome links: http://rockingreensoap.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/64983-frontloader-database (For the best way to wash cloth diapers in a front loader)
& (How to strip diapers)