Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
As a mom to 6 kids, I am always trying to find new ways to save money, reuse products, and I’m always thinking about other ways to use something -to make them more multipurpose. One of the greatest things about cloth diapering is that all cloth diapering items and accessories are multipurpose. And really, the sky is the limit with most of them. I thought I would use this post to share just some of my favorites. Please feel free to post comments at the bottom of my post, because I would LOVE to hear how you are multi-using your items!
-Snack/Lunch bags: We love the small and extra small sizes. No more needs for Ziplocks, and no need to worry about that banana exploding or cookies crumbling in your child’s back pack
-Swimsuit bags: Great for the pool, or beach
-Laundry bags: A must have for any traveling person or family! No more mixing the clean with the dirty
-Accident bag: We LOVED wetbags when the triplets were potty training because no matter where I was we had a clean bag that could contain the mess and not mess up the diaper bag or my purse.
-Make-up/toiletry bag: Wetbags are perfect for containing any soapy messes or melted lip gloss. Now you can be on the go without worrying about what the airport is doing to your shampoo! They are made to hold up in the wash so there is not a mess that is too big for a wetbag.
-Wash cloths: Wipes are made to absorb and clean and most wipes are made with amazing fabrics that can do a FAR superior job then basic terry wash cloth AND wipes are much gentler then terry cloths ever could be.
-Spill rags: Kids are always making spill, so grabbing a wipes instead of paper towel will save time and money!
-Bibs: Just tuck a corner under baby’s shirt and catch that drool or dibble without having to fuss with tying something around their neck.
-Breast pads: We have all found ourselves somewhere searching our diaper bags needing a breast pad or feminine pad and finding nothing. Wipes are perfect to sand in and keep you from an embarrassing leak.
-Diaper inserts: Thanks to their absorbency, they are the perfect doubler to get you just a little bit longer out of a diaper, when you just can’t change a diaper at that exact moment.
-Diaper Liners: Wipes are perfect for keeping your precious diapers safe from harmful creams and salves that could cause build up.
-Cleaning Rags: Our younger kids love to clean right now, but their hands are so small. So using a full sized rage is awkward. Now we have a big stack of our wipes put aside just for them to clean with, and they can do a better job too because the wipe fits in their hand.
-Cleaning the toilet: It’s perfect for reaching around the bowl and cleaning under the lip.
-Cleaning out buckets: Getting buckets under a tap to rinse is a HUGE pain! Use your sprayer to rise the bucket and dump into the sink or bath tub.
-Cleaning potties: Pee is easy to rinse out, but poops can be VERY messy in a potty. It’s already attached so you might as well put it to work!
-Bidet: For yourself or a child with the runs, it make clean ups a breeze.
-Rinsing your shower walls: Some bathroom layouts are just perfect for reaching those hard to reach corners of your shower.
I am sure there are many, many more uses for our cloth diapering accessories. But my mind is going numb as the hours creep into the early morning. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I hope you can take something from it!
Take Care and have a great week!
Growing Up Green