Cowgar Family Adventures

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Continuing the Going Green Phase 1

I received some of my “green” items in the mail a few days ago. I bought some all in one (AIO) cloth diapers and some wetbags. The cloth diapers fit Lilly, but they are almost too small, even though they go from 8lbs to 35lbs. I’m hoping she gets a little taller and thins out a little bit, or just hurries up and potty trains, but I don’t think she’s ready for that. We’ve been doing really good with them. We did cloth on our trip to Mentor, and some small trips out in town, and I haven’t had any problems. She wore one overnight and the diaper cover kept all of the wetness inside. I will wear disposables on her at night for a little while longer though. The cloth diapers are supposed to be washed a few times to help increase their absorbency, but I was impatient, so as we use them they will get washed, and after a few times, I will switch to them full-time at night as well. The wonderful thing is that when she poops, her butt doesn’t turn bright red anymore!

I bought 5 wetbags. Two blue ones for cloth diapers, wipes and whatnot. Two white ones for rags, and one greenish aqua for on the go. They’ve worked awesome so far, and I am excited to try my hand at the cloth toilet paper lifestyle. I still have material to cut, so maybe by this weekend we can be mostly cloth toilet paper. I made a small order for some essential oils and other stuff from I need to make some wipe solution for baby wipes and for some toilet paper for the “sticky” messes. We probably won’t be completely switched over until I get that in and start making solution.

I want Luke to make me a little sink sprayer that I can hook up to the bathroom sink and spray some of the “sticky” messes off of the diapers a little better, to help reduce staining. We will have to take a trip to Lowe’s and see what we can come up with.

I also got in my little compost bucket. It’s about 11 inches high, and 9 inches wide. It’s meant to go under the sink or on a countertop. It has a carbon filter on top that should be changed every 3 months for the smell factor, but we can empty it every few days outside, instead of running out every time we have something we can compost. We already have eggshells and banana peels in it! We have a large pile of yard debris in the top corner of the yard, and that is where I plan on dumping it out. After we start mowing the lawn, I’m sure I will have smaller clippings that I could mix in and help the compost process, but most of the pile is larger sticks, so it’s hard to turn all of that.


  1. I use(d) cloth diapers with Miles, so if you have any questions/advice, let me know : )
    I don't spray off the "sticky messes" that don't just fall off into the toilet and there may be a little staining, but it's no problem for a washing machine. And it's fun to find clean pieces of whatever was in the diaper (I think for me, it was carrot chunks. hahahahahahaha)

  2. I find pieces of popcorn kernel shells, and that stuff sticks to the bamboo fabric. Oh the fun things we find in poop!