Washing, it is part of life wether you have children or not. We wash dishes, pots & pans, ben linen, our clothes, towels and more towels and countless other things. It may sound obvious, but since I discovered our awesome GroVia hybrid nappies, I have clued into to just how many things in our daily life that would be classed as ‘reusable’. All the items that I listed above are ‘reusable’, however, I failed to see them in that way previously. What about you?
Over Christmas, after the Hubby & I had finished opening our lovely gifts, I noticed that there was an unplanned theme of ‘reusable’ items. This made me smile. I had gifted the Hubby with a KeepCup for his daily takeaway coffee and this was before I had read Sarah Wilson’s, from I Quit Sugar, post that “take away coffee cups are the second biggest contributor to waste after plastic bottles”.
Think about it. It really is not that hard to reuse items. It just takes a little upfront thought and cash and then you are off and away.
My mom had gifted us with an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to read our books on…love love love it, so handy when breastfeeding too! I had gifted my Father-in-law with a TeaTonic infuser glass drink bottle which for an avid tea drinker is the ultimate pressie. And my mother-in-law gifted me with a beautiful versatile elephant basket that I have used for toys, laundry, shoes and ummm hiding things from the baby…he he. Think about it. It really is not that hard to reuse items. It just takes a little upfront thought and cash and then you are off and away. The washing, dusting or charging is part and parcel of these product and the Modern Cloth Nappy is no different.
It is a routine or what I like to call my rhythm. I wash the laundry basket of nappies every two days along with the little ladybugs dirty clothes. It takes me less than four minutes to load the washing machine and majority of this time is spent applying stain stick on her clothes soiled from food and dirt NOT wee and poo. Just the other day, the Hubby was about to serve up his Sunday morning brekky, his specialty, and silently protested as I was just about to do a load. I smiled and declared, “I bet i’ll be done before the foods on the table”. And I was.
Hanging the nappies out to dry takes a bit more time than loading up the machine, but I take pleasure in this part of my rhythm. I enjoy being outdoors on the balcony and hanging each of her soaker pads, nappy shells, cloth wipes and pint sized clothes on our super awesome Kmart 3 tiered drying rack. I play it like a game of Tetris, trying to optimise the space by hanging each item in a certain order and place for best airing impact. Ha ha. Yep, I find this relaxing and almost calming. If my little ladybug is asleep when the washing finishes, I actually wait till she is up to put the washing on the line. I find utilising her sleep time is best spent tackling my ‘online to do list’. When she wakes, we get a little fresh air together and she is very content to play with her toys at my feet, or explore the balcony as I load up the drying line. In fact, pulling herself up the drying rack and using it as a walker at 8months old, clued me in earlier that I would need to get a solid push cart type of toy for her quickly! And just yesterday, she started grabbing the contents out of the basket and handing them to me. Brilliant!!
So what is it about the washing component that makes you dismiss using cloth nappies? My initial concern was about poop…I mean who wants to wash poo?? But once I learned about the biodegradable flushable liners, my major hurdle was tackled. And, let me tell you, that little liner is pretty nifty and paired with the soaker pads of the GroVia Hybrid, I can confidently say, you will never have to deal with a ‘number three‘, as a mate calls it. Yep, a number three…when the nappy can’t contain or absorb the explosion and it rocks itself up the bub’s back and all over their clothes. Eeewww. The washing part of the Modern Cloth Nappy became a non-issue for me once I knew you could ‘toss the poo into the loo’. Washing simply is part of the product, just like washing our dishes and charging our Kindle.