Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cloth Diapering Without a Washing Machine

It seems impossible, right? Well, it's not! I know it might be hard to believe but there are many ways you can cloth diaper without having a washing machine in your living space. 

A diaper service. Sure, it's more expensive than buying your own cloth diapers, but the price is comparable to disposable diapers, so if you are going to buy those then why not try out a diaper service. You still won't have to run to the store to pick up disposables when you run out and you get the added benefit of having someone else do your diaper laundry for you (although it's really not bad at all, it's surprisingly my favorite chore). A diaper service is a more eco-friendly choice because you aren't throwing diapers away. Plastic diapers = waste, and all waste goes to the landfill. Some cities don't have diaper services available so you might try one of the other options!

Prefolds and covers. The most economical diapering choice (you can get a dozen prefolds for under $30 and several covers from approx. $5-$20 each) and the easiest to wash, especially in a laundromat or public laundry room. The covers can be reused several times unless they get poop on them, so you don't have to worry about washing after each use, just wipe down, air out, and use again. I have been able to wash all of my prefolds in one cycle, so you won't need a ton of extra quarters. If you feel inclined you can do a cold rinse in your tub prior to washing for extra messy diapers. Prefolds also dry fast, you can run them through the dryer once, or hang them out to dry if that's an option for you. You're either going to spend money on washing clothes that go poop on them from disposable diaper blowouts or you can do a load of prefold laundry, the choice is yours!
There are also several diapering systems that are easy to wash like prefolds such as Econobum or Flip by Cotton Babies, gDiapers with cloth inserts or prefolds, GroVia, Thirstie's Duo Wraps with their new inserts or prefolds. It can be done and it's easy!

Do you live in a place without a washer and still cloth diaper? Share what you do with us!

1 comment:

Sasha said...

I'm shocked that you failed to mention flats! They're even more economical than prefolds, since not only are they cheaper per dozen but you only need 1 size from birth to potty training, unlike prefolds which requires 1-2 dozen at least in several sizes to fit properly from birth to potty training. It's super easy to hand wash flats, which is why I recommend them to anyone concerned about not having a washer, or just the overall cost of washing and drying cloth diapers.