I use cloth nappies for Paddy (Baby Bee-Hinds). Everytime I tell someone this their response is "There is no way I could do that - it is too much work." I try to tell them that it really is easy but they are never convinced. So I thought I would show you just how easy it is.
I purchased a pack of 32 nappies and 3 nappy covers. It cost me around $500 which was a big upfront cost but compared to using disposable nappies it is very cheap. These nappies will last Paddy until he is 3 years old.
Anyway, this is my process.
When I change Paddy I put the wet nappies into the nappy bucket which is right beside his change table. I don't rinse them - well the wet ones anyway. The pooey nappies I rinse in the laundry tub and then put in the nappy bucket.
I also use cloth wipes that I made myself and these go straight in the bucket as well.
At night before I go to bed, I take this nappy bucket to the laundry and sprinkle over about 1/2 cup bicarb soda and fill it with hot water. I soak them in this overnight.
When I wake in the morning I put the load of nappies in the washing machine. I hang them on the clothes airers instead of on the line. This way I can move them into the sun, or move them easily out of the rain if it is wet.
I don't have to do this every night but I do it at least every second day.
It really is that easy. And every wash I know I am saving money on disposables and not contributing to the landfill with the disposable nappies. That makes me smile.
I definitely believe in everybody's right to choose the cloth or disposable nappies and this is by no means a guilt trip, but I thought I would just outline how easy it really is just in case that was the only thing stopping you from giving it a go.