Frugal Family

In Times Of Old When Knights Wore Cloth

All knights wore cloth on their bums, right?!
I was chatting to a friend on Facebook yesterday about her predicament. She had run out of nappies and was asking for a friend to grab her some for her and run them over to her house rather than getting the toddler out of the house and on the bus… Spending more money! Totally understandable.
I suggested that she kept some cloth nappies in the house in case of emergencies. Her little girl is soon to be potty training so it wouldn’t be worth her investing in a huge cloth stash at this time.
Then she said something along the lines of – nah, my washing machine is broken. I wouldn’t be able to wash them. – but not in such words.
This got me thinking and I replied… “It amazes me that in a world of technology and inventions using something seen as so ‘old fashioned’ (cloth nappies) is in decline. How did our grandparents and their parents before wash their nappies”?

Or more so, third world countries, or tribes! I’m sure they don’t own and TotsBots or Bambino Mio’s but they must use something?! Right?!

I thought about this a lot! More so this morning when I was doing my nappy wash. Just wet peed on ones and my nappy covers I hand wash (along with Napisan as well as my washing liquid) and the mucky poopy ones I machine wash. Am I the only person who hand washes nappies these days?
More people use disposable nappies for convenience I suppose, but when I sat and weighed up the pros and cons of reusable vs disposable, there is only a slight difference between the two.
Anyways, back to what I was saying, it’s only recently that washing machines are found in everyday homes. Laundrettes are closing and there are not many towns left what have one. So why is it that when nappies are easier to wash than ever before, more and more people don’t use them?
If my washing machine packed up, or our electricity was cut off in a day(s) long storm, or the zombie invasion happened (IT WILL HAPPEN!) and no one could go anywhere without being munched by the living dead, how would parents cope?
I know my Olive would have a nice fluffy bum no matter what. Because hand washing nappies does not phase me at all.

We want to save the planet and pennies, and using cloth does both. But are we saving it as efficiently as possible?

Do you wash any nappies by hand? Do you use disposables but keep some cloth as an emergency bum saver?

Here’s an idea… Keep one in the car or in the bottom of your changing bag…. Just in case those zombies do pop up!


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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