Cloth Diapering Station & Inventory

Hello again!

Tonight I would like to tell you about my little cloth diaper stash. I have my eye on a couple more covers, but I have decided that those may just have to be a gift to myself with the next baby, heh heh. All of my covers (aside from two) are Rumparooz One Size Snaps. The other two are Thirsties which I received as a gift. They are size two and begin at 19lbs, so I have not really been able to use them yet. (Baby J is 18lbs). Although, they both have deer on them and match the nursery theme which is AWESOME (see my post about Baby J’s room HERE).

Here is the ultimate cloth diapering station! Well, not really, but I like to think of it that way! 

I think it’s about time to wash some diapers, wouldn’t you say? I really like my set up because I have the diapers and covers on the first shelf, then extra diapers and wipes on the bottom shelf. I also have the wet bags hanging on the changing table, so I have everything in one place.

  


Left bin – pre fold diapers; Right bin – diaper covers, liners, homemade Vaseline, coconut oil, and the fabulous NoseFrida!

Left bin – extra pre fold diapers and smaller pre folds underneath; Right bin – extra wipes


The cloth items in back are Thirsties Hemp inserts for overnight use. In front of those, I just finished making some cloth wipes, so I will let you know how that goes once I begin using them! I figured if I am cloth diapering, why spend money on wipes when I can make some for free??? Finally, I have a couple disposables for an “in case,” but we primarily cloth them.

Know what’s going to make my setup even better? Hubs is making me a shelf for the wipe warmer and basket! It gets me stupid excited when I get new things like this! Hehe.

Let me know about your baby’s changing station! I’d love to hear about the different systems and storage you do!

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Baby J’s Bedroom

Good Evening, y’all!

I hope you had a magnificent Monday! Baby J and I still are getting over a cold. I have sinus pressure and it is so not fun!

Well, I want to share Baby J’s room with you. My husband worked really hard to get it done before the baby was born, and he did a great job! He is just so handy. πŸ™‚

First thing he did was paint. He used a flat green paint to paint the whole room, then we both taped off stripes equal distances around three of the walls, then painted every other stripe a semigloss dark green. It looks so nice! I just love it.

  
Pardon the lighting in the next picture. I could not edit it properly with the window light shining through. You can get the idea from the picture above on how it actually looks! (UPDATE – I tried getting a better picture. It is definitely better quality, plus more of the room is visible!)

  
Next, he put up a pallet wall and the small corner shelf. The thing that took him the longest was taking the pallets apart. Once that was done, he put all of the full-sized pieces up then did the end cuts last. It was a pretty quick project that turned out great! He also added a hidden LED light strip under the top layer of boards. The strip came with a remote and we can control the brightness as well as fun lighting effects! We may have had a couple of impromptu dance parties…

  
Hubs also made the end table shown inbetween the crib and the chair. He is in the process of making a drawer for it, then that will be completed!

Our theme is a woodland deer nursery. I just love the bedding set. It’s not longer available from the manufacturer, but you can find the print on Amazon. The set is called Willow Organic. You may be able to find it from a third party seller. I had my eye on it before we even started trying to get pregnant! Ha. 

I have two tub storage containers under the crib, and all the diapering equipment in canvas storage boxes (which will be gone into detail in a later blog). His closet is a mini walk-in closet where his clothes are hung up and where his dresser/chest is. I have one drawer dedicated to his pajamas, bathing suits, and socks; the next drawer with his blankets; the third drawer with his crib sheets and changing pad covers; the last drawer for newborn disposables and other items that we aren’t using for him, but will for the next baby.

I’m really happy with the layout so far. When I’m able to get better pictures, I will definitely update the ones I have up here!

Thank you for taking the time to take a little tour through Baby J’s room! I hope you have a fantastic week. Stay wonderful and love one another!

Cloth Diaper Wash & Dry Routine

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Hello! Today, I had to leave my house at 5:30am, pack up the dogs and baby, then head into town to go to my mother’s house and meet her air conditioning maintence guy at 7:30am. Thankfully, hubs woke up with me and made me coffee to drink on my way in. He is just so wonderful to me!

I will be doing another post later on my cloth diaper inventory and overall storage. It works really well for me, and I would love to share it with you to help you if you are thinking about cloth diapering as well as for feedback to see how I can improve!

First thing is first…

Just look at that fluffy bum! I can’t handle the cuteness!! I also can’t handle the fact that Baby J is already 8 months old and getting ready to walk! It’s craziness, I tell you!!

Alright, so back on track with my washing routine. Since we have had extremely hard water for the past two years, I wanted to make sure my diapers were getting extra clean. Many people I have talked with simply do one wash cycle; they have a cold rinse to help remove stains, hot wash for sanitizing, followed by a cold rinse, finishing up with an extra cold rinse.

When I wash my diapers, I empty the wet bag with the diaper covers, diapers, and cloth wipes into the washing machine along with the wet bag. I use this Baby Ecos Laundry Detergent. This detergent from Amazon comes in two 100oz containers. I have mine on a Subscribe & Save subscription. They last me for about five months. I use them on diapers and all baby items (toys, clothes, blankets, sheets, etc.). I have heard mixed reviews on using homemade detergent on cloth diapers, so I have been avoiding it. (See my other blog post about making your own powder detergent HERE.)

I do one full cycle on cold, then a second cycle on hot. Sometimes I follow the last cycle with an extra rinse. If I noticed I may have used too much soap I do this to ensure it is all out.

Once the washing is done, I take the diapers and throw them in the dryer with THESE dryer balls. They normally need two drying cycles to be completely dry, so I throw the clothes that are finished in the washer in for the second dry. They are normally good to go after that!

For the covers and wet bag, I clip and hang them on THIS hanger. It is absolutely wonderful! I had it on my baby registry, but bought it myself after baby was born. I don’t know how people without one stay sane on laundry day!! It is absolutely fantastic. If I was the diapers in the morning, the covers are usually dry by the late afternoon/early evening.

I normally wash diapers every other day. This prevents them from stinking up the wet bag and prohibits bad staining. Granted, breastmilk poo always stains, so that’s something to look forward to! (Oh, to get those stains out, lay the diapers in the sun for a few hours. Lightens them right up!)

What is YOUR cloth diaper washing routine? What is your favorite detergent to use for baby? How about sharing some fluffy pictures??

Removing Hard Water Stains

Why, hello there! It has been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post. Sorry about that. Well, a few things have happened since my last post. First things first, we had a baby! Yes, we welcomed a handsome baby boy in October 2015! He is such a sweet blessing. I can’t believe it.

Here is our family photo! We had Sacred Stories Birth Photography capture this lifechanging moment. It was absolutely amazing!

  
I’ll include the birth story and other baby stuff in later posts, but today I want to talk about how to remove hard water stains in your home.

Our water softener had been degrading over the two years we’ve been in our home. It was on of those things we were just putting off and living with. But, there are consequences that come with waiting to fix something. Since we are on a well, the showers turn orange with residue, dishes don’t get clean and have nasty residue after the dishwasher, there are stains in the toilets, the water smells, the pipes begin corroding, filters need changing more often, the list goes on. So, my husband was able to purchase a water pump and install it himself (shout out to handy husband’s!!!!) and totally fix the system. Since he did that, I went into full on cleaning mode. I took my scotch brite scrubbies along with baking soda and vinegar and scrubbed…and scrubbed…and scrubbed. It worked a little bit, but was not working in my showers and toilets as I hoped.

I came to the realization that I may have to just bite the bullet and buy a chemical product to help me. I decided to go with Bar Keeper’s Friend. I had some stainless steel scrubbies, so I decided to use one of those to help me instead of a green scrubbie. 

  
I sprinkled some of this stuff in the shower (this is the first time I have used this product) and started scrubbing. The metal mesh was like magic! With just a little bit of effort, the orange sediment began coming right off. I could not believe it. 

I did not take a before picture of the shower, because I honestly did not think it was going to work. So, here’s an unfocused zoomed in picture so you can kind of see what I was dealing with.

  
Behind the baby’s head, you can see the discoloring of the shower. Here is what the shower looked like after I scrubbed it. 

 

Totally crazy!!! It looks like a completely different shower. This was just after I scrubbed it and rinsed it. I gave it a really good clean with hydrogen peroxide and made sure everything was cleaned out of it before we used it and bathed my son. I am so happy with this transformation!
Now, I also tried this technique with the toilet. I was happy to get the stains out of the toilet, but not happy with the unfortunate damage in the process. See, since the toilet is porcelain, the part that is always in water becomes soft due to it being a stone, therefore it scratches. Something I had to learn the hard way. Thankfully this was just the master bathroom and not the guest bathroom? I did NOT use bar keepers friend on the toilet. I just used the metal mesh because I wanted to test my results. I’ll spare you the before picture. That’s just nasty.

 

There are still some spots in the toilet because I did not continue to scrub. I did not want to cause more scratches than I already had. Hubs told me that he could have told me that it would scratch…but I wanted to do something without bothering him. Look where that got me. Ha! At least the toilet isn’t gross anymore! I’d take scratches over the hard water stains any day! 

I’m in the process of scrubbing my washer down. Let me show you how it looks before and after!!!

Before:

  
After!:

  

I still have some work to do, but I am so happy with how this is turning out! Again, no chemical was used on the washer. ONLY the metal mesh. It makes me feel so much better knowing my clothes aren’t being washed in the hard water, and that the washer is sediment-free while washing baby items and cloth diapers. It’s fabulous!

What favorite hacks have you figured out? Comment below!

P.S. I am planning on blogging on a more frequent basis. Stay tuned for more posts! If you have any recommendations, please comment and let me know!

Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent

Hey there! Happy Sunday!

Sundays in our house are cleaning days. Mostly consisting of hubs working outside and me doing laundry. I know most people dread laundry day, but there is something quite satisfying about hanging up your clean clothes, folding your fluffy towels, and getting in bed for the night on those amazingly soft sheets.

While the last load of laundry is finishing up, hubs and I are eating some fried rice and watching Wayne’s World on Netflix.

Extreme Close-Up! Whooooooooah!

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This detergent even cleans our dog’s blankets really well. I was doing some looking on Pinterest, and put a couple of recipes together to make this one.

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Ingredients
1 box of 20 Mule Team Borax – 4lbs 12oz* $3.97
1 box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – 4lbs* $9.06
1 box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – 4lbs (not the same as the one pictured) $8.64
3 bars of Fels-Naptha Soap* $36.37 for a 24-pack. ~$1.52 per bar
Sun and Earth Dryer Sheets $28.14 for a 6-pack
Epsom Salt (optional) $29.99 for 19.75lbs

* These items are found in the laundry detergent aisle of your grocery store or online. The links to these items on Amazon are posted at the end of this post.
Side note – these ingredients will last you for months! Since you use so much less per load, the cost is substantially lower than name brand detergents. To put things into perspective, I have had that bag of epsom salt since October of 2014. That is three months ago, and I still have so much left!

Directions
Grate the Fels-Naptha Soap. You can do this either with a hand grater (believe me, it takes a while) or use your food processor. If you have a five gallon bucket, pour in the soap, the full box of Borax, Washing Soda, and Baking Soda. I don’t have a five-gallon bucket with a lid, so instead, I used a trash bag. It works well for me because I can twist up the end when I store it. Once the detergent is mixed together well, you can pour it in a seperate container to keep next to your laundry room.

This is my detergent container. An old cookie jar. πŸ™‚

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The epsom salt is to be used as a fabric softener and adds such a nice fragrance to your laundry. You can also mix in some essential oils to add some extra smelly-goodness. If you use essential oils, I recommend using an airtight container to they don’t evaporate. I found the epsom salt in the bath aisle of the grocery store and on Amazon (link at the bottom).

My epsom salt container – an old noodle holder!

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Once your washer is loaded, go ahead and add about two tablespoons per load. Sometimes, if I have a larger load, or a load full of doggy items, I may use three tablespoons. Sprinkle some epsom salt over the top of the load as well. Don’t use more than a quarter cup. Run your washer as usual. When you transfer your items into your dryer, just use one of the dryer sheets.

Disclaimer: From the research I have done, this recipe is also safe for HE machines; however, use it at your own risk.

If you would like to make a smaller batch, you can use:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 cup of Baking Soda
1 bar of Fels-Naptha
Grate the soap and mix together as the above directions state.

Well, thanks for stopping by! Once I get the pups tucked in with their clean blankets, I’m going to go make our bed with those freshly laundered sheets and snuggle in! Have a great night!

20 Mule Team Borax: HERE
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda: HERE
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda: HERE
Fels-Naptha 24 Pack: HERE
Sun & Earth Dryer Sheets: HERE
Epsom Salt: HERE

You can also purchase a laundry detergent kit which includes Borax, Washing Soda, and Fels-Naptha. You would just need to purchase the Baking Soda separately by following this link.
It also may be cheaper to buy the items in bulk from Amazon.

Cleaning Copper Bottom Cookware

Hello All! Happy (late) New Year, and welcome to my first blog posting!

Well, today was a fun day filled with family, frisbee, and puppies! Oh, and of course milkshakes. How could I forget the heavenly, homemade chocolate milkshakes?!

These are my three, adorable nephews (A, J, & E). The hubs and I got to spend all afternoon with these three goofballs!

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Speaking of goofballs, who doesn’t love playing frisbee with two, seven month old, seventy-five pound, White German Shepherd puppies? That would be me, who decided to hold my baby nephew and snap a few photos instead. πŸ™‚

Action shot! A throwing the frisbee, Uncle blocking his face, and puppy S about to get whacked!

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Aww, good try, J!

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Anyways, back on track with my discovery…
Tonight, I was able to finally clean up the bottoms of our gently used Reverware copper bottom cookware! We bought them from a thrift store about a year ago, but was never able to get them to look clean. Cleaning the bottoms just took a little bit of elbow grease, and now they look like new. You’ll never guess what did the trick. It only takes one ingredient. That’s right. ONE INGREDIENT!

And the winner is — ketchup! Yep. Ketchup. It’s probably one of the cheapest products to use, especially since just about everyone has this delicious condiment in their pantry.

I made sure the bottom of my pot was dry before I began. I don’t know if being wet or dry will make a difference, but I felt as though it helped the ketchup work its magic better. Next, I took out some handy dandy ketchup and squirted about a half-dollar size amount in the center of the pot. Then, I took a green scotch-brite scrubbie and went to town! I did not have the scrub soaking wet, but it was damp. Every now and then when the ketchup got too thick, I would rinse the scrub and pick up where I left off. On the really stubborn places, I had to squirt a little more ketchup on the spot and scrub over it.

I unfortunately did not take pictures during the process, but these are my results!

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Isn’t that just lovely? Now, after this fulfilling day, I was able to sit down, read some of my book, write my first official blog post, and sip on a mug of chai tea that seemed to hit the spot.

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Please let me know if you have any special cleaning secrets that you would like to share! I would love to try them!
Also, if there is anything in particular you are interested in that you would like me to write about, please don’t hesitate to ask! I will do my best. πŸ™‚

Have a great night, and a wonderful remainder of your weekend! God Bless!