Frugal Family

Cloth Is Not Just For Bums

cloth nappy week 2015 pretty nappies

There is a lot of excitement this Real Nappy Week 2015, and its not just baby’s bums that we are getting excited for, but cloth can be for us mums too!

Using cloth nappies (and other cloth products is gaining in popularity fast. People are realising that the cost of living is going up, but unfortunately wages aren’t.  Also, the planet is suffering from all the waste we throw away every day. Our wallets hurt and so does our Mother Earth. With Real Nappy Week well under way, it’s the perfect opportunity to inform people about other switches away from disposables that we can make.

We have been using cloth products all over the world every day, and it is more important than ever that we all try and use cloth more. We use cloth baby wipes (some of my wipes stash I have bought, but many I have made myself) but I also use cloth sanitary products (CSP) and cloth breast pads.  Having periods, going to the toilet and breastfeeding can be a costly thing to do these days. The tax man stings us by taxing these essential items, but they can’t tax me as much if I keep washing and using them! Whoop!

Cloth Baby Wipes/ Toilet Paper

girly cloth wipes

I started out with a Cheeky Wipes set purchased from the London Baby Show 3 years ago. I still use them daily, even if they are grey and looking tired. But they still do the job! According to Cheeky Wipes, just using cloth wipes will save you around £250! I think they have probably saved us way more, with 3 kids using them on a daily basis. I have started to sew my own wipes too, using old bedding sets and clothing that would have been thrown out in the bin otherwise.

I store my wipes dry, and just wet them with plain water before using. This is my personal preference, as many people store them in lovely smelling essential oils. They are softer on bottoms and contain no chemicals. Also, when cleaning up a big poopy nappy, how many disposable wipes do you use at a time? 4, 5 maybe even more? One big poop never normally needs any more than just 2 wipes. I just throw my wipes in with my nappies, so its no extra laundry for me. If you want to use the wipes as face cloths or toilet paper (we use them just for wee’s) and have no nappies to wash, just chuck them in with your towels. Simple!

Cloth Sanitary Protection (CSP)

There are lots of pretty choices at www.tjsclothnappies.co.uk
There are lots of pretty choices at www.tjsclothnappies.co.uk

Like nappies and wipes, there are also lots of options for using CSP. So many pads and tampons end up in our water ways, after being flushed down the toilet or disposed of carelessly. The benefits of using CSP out way the benefits of using disposables by far! An average woman uses nearly 17,000 pads and tampons in her lifetime. That is a lot of money spent and lots of space in the landfill. How many bleeding women do you know? Now put that number into perspective.

You know how many chemicals go into making a sanitary pad or tampon? Hundreds. Those chemicals can cause allergies, can make you bleed heavier and longer (Think about it, it is a multibillion industry after all) and using tampons can increase your chances of life risking infections such as Toxic Shock Syndrome. Disposable have shockingly also been linked to hormone imbalances and exacerbating symptoms of monthly heavy bleeds and even endometriosis. Women who have been lifelong sufferers have reported improvements from their symptoms when switching to cloth- it’s worth a try. I have also started to sew my own pads, but with many company’s on the internet specialising in reusable menstrual products there are so many pretty choices to make. Moon Times stock a huge range of pads, and if cloth isn’t right for you, consider using a cup, sea sponge or even a cloth tampon. Use MT10%OFF at the check out too!

If you do use reusable already, leave a comment below, and spread the fluffy love for those who may need a little convincing!

 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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