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Everyone has their own level of what they are comfortable with when it comes to greening up the home, sustainability and saving money. Some things sound ridiculous from the get-go, and some are so perfect you forget why you ever thought they were weird. Family cloth is becoming the latter for me.
Since deciding we intended on cloth diapering our son, I have been developing a cloth wipe system I like. In the process I had purchased some cloth wipes made by a lovely crunchy mama who was moving (gotta love the military!) but I had sent hubby to pick them up and didn't realize just how overly thick they were. It turns out they are a thick layer of fleece and a layer of flannel sewn together. This is just too awkward to try to clean out little baby booty rolls with. I put them aside and didn't give them a second thought, until I was reading another blog post about family cloth.
As I was considering this idea as a sustainability function to help save my family money, I remembered those wipes I had bought that were too much for a baby booty, but you know they are just about perfect for an adult one! I have a stash of about 20 right now and currently I am the only one in the house using them. Incidentally, I'm also the only female not using a litter box too haha!
I have found that those 20 easily last me the time between diaper washes which right now is every other day. I simply keep a second trash can by the toilet and as I use them toss them right in. Then when I rinse out poopy diapers with our toilet attached diaper sprayer (Ok, if you cloth diaper and don't have one of these GO BUY ONE!!!! This is the one we have, and I LOVE it!) and throw them right into the same trashcan, then all of it gets dumped into the waiting pail liner to sit until laundry day. No mess, no fuss, no large amount of extra work and they come out of the dryer (or off the line on sunny days) perfectly clean and ready to be used again.
We haven't bought TP in over 2 months, and still have over half a package of it even with having visitors! Although it isn't super spendy to buy, every little bit adds up. For every item my family doesn't have to buy, that is a little bit of money that can go to be spent on something we would rather have or do.
What are your thoughts?