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Why use cloth? The Convenience Aspect

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“I don’t have the time to steep, wash and fold nappies.”

“Why would I make things harder on myself?”

“I just don’t have the stomach for it…”

Just some of the reasons why parents don’t want to use cloth. It’s a massive inconvenience. Is it really?

Well for starters out of a hundred or so parents I know who use cloth nappies, I can’t think of any who have complained about steeping nappies…that’s because you don’t have to. All you need is a bin with a lid and instead of putting dirty nappies in those plastic scented bags (which will evidently sit for hundreds of years in landfill along with disposable nappy which it encases) and in your rubbish bin, you put them in the bin beside it – the nappy bin.

After a couple of days empty them in to the washing machine (instead of taking your bin outside), you can even buy mesh laundry bags which sit inside the nappy bin meaning you don’t even have to touch the nappy to put them in the machine. Once they’ve been washed, you hang them up to dry, just like clothes then you put them away. Personally, I keep mines in some boxes underneath my son’s bed but I have seen some pretty elaborate displays. Whatever tickles your fancy – I have a lazy streak.

What about the poo? Well I hate to tell you but if you have just been wrapping up your dirty disposables and throwing them in the bin, you’re really acting pretty irresponsibly. Human waste should not be going in to landfill, it goes to sewers. By throwing human waste in the rubbish you’re creating a health hazard for any one who has to handle your rubbish between your home and landfill. Even when it reaches landfill, rats and other rodents including flying ones can pick up any bacteria, viruses and any other germs and carry them about. So I urge you to think about this the next time your child has gastroenteritis and you throw that nappy in the bin, think about where it could go and how many others the bug might affect.

So, as with any poo in any nappy, regardless of it’s ecological status, it goes down the toilet.

Occasionally, you might do a strip wash with your nappies. There are a few different methods but most include a hot wash (usually 60 degrees) with a full load of detergent and 2 or 3 rinses so ensure none of the soap suds are left in the nappies. This is great for freshening up worn nappies and alleviating and lingering smells. Again, it’s not a load of work you just have to press a button on the washing machine a couple of extra times before taking your nappies out and drying them.

There is no great kerfuffle when it comes to laundering cloth nappies, you can buy brands than dry in hour or so. When you are out and about you can carry a wet bag which has a waterproof inside layer for carrying wet or dirty nappies.

It's really not that big of a deal.

This article was published by: Cloth Nappy Info, 10 May 2011,