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Non Toxic Natural Perfume Brands, or Make Your Own Perfume

Non Toxic Natural Perfume Brands, or Make Your Own Perfume

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We all want to smell pretty, but do you get that horrible headache when someone wearing a cloud of perfume walks by or walking through the fragrance counters in the store?

For years I just gave up on perfume.  So, why should we ditch the synthetics and what options does a girl have that doesn’t want toxic junk, but still wants to smell pretty?

Well luckily there are options, here's a list of companies that take pride in their nontoxic natural perfume brands with high quality all natural perfume oils and sprays that won't give you a headache or you can get my recipe to make your own.

 First, Why is perfume bad for you? (Synthetics)

Real fragrances may cost more than many of the synthetic fragrances because the ingredients are of a higher quality. If you are wanting your own signature scent, it is completely worth it though.

Synthetic perfumes are so bad for our health. A study of mice exposed to perfume, found it affected their breathing, heart rate, and irritated their senses. Basically, they found it was a neurotoxin, and the greater the exposure the more severe it was [1].

If being neurotoxic is not enough. Many of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are hormone disruptors, damage sperm cells, linked to cancer, and may build up in our body tissue. It’s not just the person wearing it either, second-hand scent causes these problems too [2].

We are bombarded with synthetic fragrances. It’s in our laundry detergent, body washes, air fresheners, and more.

Fragrance can include any combination of over 3,000 different chemicals, and companies aren’t required to share this information [3].

A few popular fragrances were tested and were found to contain four unlabeled chemicals that are hormone disrupting, linked to sperm damage, thyroid disruption, and cancer [2].

If you have a scent that you just can’t part with look it up at EWG a database that scores the chemical safety of our favorite products.

As an example, a fragrance by American Eagle was tested and it had 24 hidden chemicals [2]. Personally, I can’t walk down the laundry detergent aisle without developing a massive headache or the fragrance counters in the mall. Being so sensitive to synthetic fragrances I gave up on perfume for years too.

Making the Switch to All Natural Nontoxic Natural Perfume 

Then I decided, I wanted some options. I started out with a natural perfume oils sample kit. This is a great place to start because you can try out many scents without spending a whole lot.

Real fragrances can be on the pricier side because of the quality of ingredients. It takes a massive amount of plant material to extract essential oils.

It takes 50 roses to make a single drop of rose essential oil. Also, if you are going to take the plunge, you may want to find out how the essential oils are extracted.

Avoid low-quality essential oils that are chemically extracted, with chemicals like hexane.

If you have never used essential oils, it may take some adjustment to appreciate the earthy aroma of natural fragrances. It’s kind of like when you decide to quit eating junk food.

You don’t want to eat real food and you miss the taste of the junk, but if you stick with it long enough pretty soon the real food tastes better than the junk.

You remember junk food tasting wonderful, but after you have cleansed yourself of it and you try it again, it tastes like chemicals. The junk food no longer tastes as good as you remember. I believe synthetic fragrances to be the same way.

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 All Natural Perfume Brands

All Natural Non-Toxic Natural Perfume Brands & Options

No headaches here. I have not tried them all, but these companies pride themselves on high-quality ingredients.

Tsi-La Organics 

Tsi-La Organics as the name describes, they believe in organic, many of their fragrances are certified organic. They state, “Our organic perfumes are fortified with a proprietary blend including all-natural super-fruits, phytonutrients, antioxidants, essential oils and plant sterols”.

I have tried their sample perfume oils. I received 6 small viles that lasted 1-2 months, and I found my favorite FIORI D’ARANCIO. These natural fragrances did last a few hours on my skin, but they are more subtle than many of the synthetic perfumes.

Osmia Organics

Osmia Organics I have not yet tried, but they are on my list. I love their message and they too take pride in providing non toxic solutions for us women that want to be healthy and smell lovely too.

Osmia explains, “Osmia Organics begins with the most beautiful, consciously-sourced plant materials we can find, even if they are more expensive. We are not a certified organic company at this time, but if an ingredient is available in certified organic form, that is how we will use it. All of our certified organic ingredients are indicated with an asterisk in the list of ingredients on each product page and our packaging.”

Florescent

Florescent a delightful a botanical perfume company that promptly replied to my questions. They have a passion for natural fragrances from plant materials. They offer organic alcohol based spray perfumes, a nice alternative to perfume oils.

This is their philosophy “Each fragrance is composed of elegant and wild aromas that come from distillations and extractions of real flowers, herbs, woods, balsams, resins, seeds and more. These pure organic and wild-crafted essences elevate the scent experience.

Florescent fragrances are free of the synthetics, chemical additives, and fixatives typically found in perfume.”

They have 3 signature scents, and a sample kit, so you can choose your favorite.

For Strange Women

For Strange Women, these women craft natural fragrances from plant materials and opt for organic as much as possible. They have a fun website too. I contacted them for further information about their product and this is what they shared,

“We do you make all of our products with essential oils as well as other types of plant extracts, there are many ways to extract natural scent. Concretes, CO2, Absolutes, etc. 

We use a mixture of coconut and jojoba for our carrier oils, beeswax as well in the solids.  We work very hard to source the best ingredients meaning that we opt for organic.  If it's not organic certified oil its cultivated unsprayed or wild harvested sustainably.”

I’m appreciative to have many options from concerned artisans making high quality responsible and lovely products.

Credo

Credo is an online beauty retailer that carries several brands of quality natural fragrances crafted from extracts of florals, resins, spices, and essential oils. They carry brands like Lake and LilFox which use natural ingredients.

Not all brands are completely synthetic free, but their website is simple and lists product ingredients so that you can pick what you are comfortable with.

Lurk BS 003 Eau de Toilette

Inspired My Love

Ok so I am a little biased here, because well this is my own signature scent and creation. It is a sweet vanilla perfume oil. It is slowly aged creating a real infusion of natural fragrances free of any synthetics.

It is not certifed organic as I have not paid for certification. This is a passion product, made from organic jojoba oil, organic vanilla bean, and high quality essential oils.

If you love the earthy sweet simplicity of vanilla, then cruise on over to my shop!!

Etsy

Another option is Etsy, a fun place to find and connect with skilled aroma artisans making handcrafted scents. Small companies are wonderful because you can really get to know the artist and their product. It’s a good feeling supporting artists too!



Make Your Own Non Toxic Natural Perfume

To make your own is really quite simple, and I was surprised how lovely it smelled. This was the most rewarding of all because it’s exciting when something handmade turns out.

Making your own is fun because you can feel like a mad scientist. You can tweak the scent to your liking, and then come up with an exotic name of your personal fragrance.

I started out with a vanilla base added my favorite essential oils and absolutely loved it. It is really my favorite, maybe because of the pride in making my own. If you want to make your own non toxic natural perfume, you can request the recipe below.

Conclusion

It takes a bit of research to find handcrafted botanical fragrances free from synthetic pollutants. Real botanicals have a deep complexity that I love, and their aroma is subtler. Personally, a whiff of synthetics is like a kick in the olfactory, followed by a pounding headache.

It’s exciting when your new nontoxic natural perfume arrives, it is rewarding supporting the work of skilled artisans creating wonderful natural aromas. It is also a ton of fun making your own, the hardest part is waiting a week for the scent to marinade.

Grab the DIY perfume recipe below and please share if you enjoyed!

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How to Ferment Beets without Whey

How to Ferment Beets without Whey

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How to ferment beets without whey? Beets are one of my favorite fermented foods, and I think one of the easiest to eat if you are new to ferments and haven’t yet developed the acquired taste.

I love watching my ferments bubbling into a superfood. Cabbage sauerkrauts can be quite strong flavored, but beet is much milder and has a sweetness to it.

I love to add beets to our diet because they are packed with great health benefits. This is a simple tasty recipe to ferment beets. Fermented beets pair well as a garnish on most everything, meat, salad, potatoes, and more.

The power of beets

Beets are high in nitrates, which is converted to the beneficial nitric oxide in our bodies. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator that can decrease blood pressure and improve oxygenation.

A study found nitrates from beetroot improves physical performance. Healthy athletes that ate beet root, outperformed those that did not eat beets [1].

The beet pigment, betalain, is found to be potent antioxidant. It is anti-inflammatory and has chemo-preventive activity in vitro and in vivo [2]. Research found beetroot reduced tumor formations [3]. When you ferment beets even more antioxidants are formed.

Health benefits of Beet Root

  • Improve oxygenation
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Boosts nitric oxide: can lower blood pressure, improve physical performance
  • Fights cancer
  • Nutrient dense: Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese, Folate B Vitamin.
  • Detoxification: Beets help detoxification process of blood and liver [10]

Ferment Beets for Health Benefits

Studies have found lactofermented beets to be a very powerful healing food, containing powerful antioxidants betanidin and betanin. When beets are fermented it creates the additional powerful antioxidant betanidin, this antioxidant is not found in fresh beet juice [4].

A study found drinking lactofermented beetroot juice is not only a powerful antioxidant, but also improves our intestinal ecosystem and enzyme activity [5]. Meaning fermented beets are good for healthy bacterial flora in our digestive system.

All this is wonderful for everyone, and if you have any autoimmune condition it is a wonderfully supportive food to add to your diet. As those with autoimmune disease often have problems with oxygenation, inflammation, and detoxification.

It is a powerful detoxifier, which means go easy because detoxifying too quickly can make one feel really ill from toxin overload. Mercola recommends starting out with no more than one ounce, and even less if you are highly toxic [6].

Benefits of Lacto-fermentation

Lacto-fermented foods improve the nutrient content of food, and our ability to digest food so that we get the most out of what we eat. Fermented foods are also effective against intestinal infections, improving cholesterol, and fighting cancer [7].

Lactic acid producing bacteria is naturally on vegetables. Salt prevents bad bacteria from growing while the good bacteria produce enough lactic acid to preserve the fruit or vegetables [8].

The good bacteria feed on the natural sugars of the vegetable and produce lactic acid. So adding starter kits or whey is unnecessary, because the good bacteria is naturally already on the fruits or vegetables.

When you are new to ferments it seems kind of scary to let something sit out, but done right it is safe. Per the USDA fermented vegetables have an excellent safety record with no known foodborne illnesses reported [8].

Fermented vegetables are lower risk to eat than fresh vegetables, and can be stored up to one year unrefrigerated [9]. Though I have not personally left any ferment out this long, but good to know nonetheless if ever needed.

Basically, use common sense, it should not stink, feel slimy, and some say you can eat the white mold that forms. I personally do not, because it's off-putting.

If you have fermented before you will find if things were not well submerged under the salty brine, then visible mold will be present.

I had this problem with some of my fermentation setups, but now I use glass weights with the silicone lids and I love it.

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I used pickle pipes in the past, but the tall stem is awkward and cleaning the pipe is difficult. I love these silicone lids, because they self burp and don’t take up much space. The glass weights keep everything nicely submerged under the brine. A very fuss free setup.

Supplies for Fermenting Vegetables

All you need to ferment vegetables or fruit is salt, water, and a system to keep everything submerged in the salty brine. Fermentation creates carbon dioxide. If you are fermenting in a jar with a sealed lid you will want to open the jar to let out the pressure daily.

A kit like the one above is my new favorite. It is self burping and easy to clean. I prefer glass weights to keep everything under the brine, and I love the short self burping silicone lids that are designed for mason jars.

A wooden pounder is handy, but I have gotten by for years with a wooden spoon to pack down the vegetables.

How much salt to ferment vegetables?

Per the UC Cooperative Extension, weight is the most accurate method for measuring out salt. They recommend a 3-5% salt brine, which as a rule of thumb equals about 2 tablespoons (roughly 3%)  to 3 tablespoons (roughly 5%) of salt per 1 quart of non-chlorinated water [8].

Some suggest 1-3 tablespoons of salt per quart of water. I generally just stick with 2 tablespoons of salt for most all my ferments.

How to Ferment Beets with Salt Recipe

Lactofermentation: Ferment Beets without whey 

5 large beets

2tb Celtic Sea Salt

1 quart non-chlorinated water (I love this water filter)

1 cinnamon stick

Directions to ferment beets:

Use good hygiene. Rinse all vegetables, make sure mason jar and lid is clean. Sterilizing is not necessary. Only use healthy looking vegetables. Don’t use veggies with soft or beat up spots.

In a separate jar mix, 1 quart of water with 2 tablespoons of salt and thoroughly mix. Set this aside and work on shredding, slicing, or dicing beets. Cut in whatever shape you desire.

Personally, I like shredded because it works well as a garnish. Salt will continue to dissolve while you work on shredding the beets.

Shred beets and place in a separate mason jar. Depending on the number of beets, stuff shredded beets into a pint or quart size mason jar. Then pour salt water into jar about 2/3 full and pack beets with a wooden spoon.

If you have the kit, it comes with a wooden pounder, this works the air bubbles out of your beets and packs down the veggies, and you will notice you need to add more brine. Add cinnamon stick.

Pour more brine onto your beets until its about 1.5” from the top, and use the pounder a little more to work out any remainig air bubbles. Add more brine as necessary to  completely submerge the beets

I then set my jar of beets in the sink, and drop in the glass weight. The excess brine overflows into the sink, then screw on the silicone lid, and wipe down the outside of the jar.

I like to write the date on my jar with an erasable marker, so I don’t forget how old it is.  Then place the jar in a dark cabinet in a pan lined with a towel. Storing it in a dark area is said to help preserve the vitamin c. The pan and towel is to catch any liquid that bubbles out from the release of carbon dioxide during the fermentation process.

I generally ferment for 4-5 days before transferring it to the refrigerator. The longer it stays out the more sour it becomes, so this is a matter of personal taste.

If your house is cool you may want to leave it out longer. My house is generally around 75 degrees.

Conclusion

I find beets to be among the easiest fermented vegetables to eat, because they are mildly sweet and not bitter. If you don’t yet have a palate for fermented foods and you are trying to add them to your diet for all their wonderful health benefits, beets is a good place to start.

Beets are quick and easily grow in the garden too, and this is an excellent way to preserve your beet harvest.

Beets are wonderfully therapeutic anyhow, and fermenting creates an additional powerful antioxidant that is good for your gut health. Which is so important with our modern day leaky gut problems.

Just be careful with eating too much, because beets are a powerful at detoxing.

You may want to start out with only eating an ounce per day. If you have a health condition then start with less, like a tablespoon, and slowly work your way up to more.

Fermenting is fun, I always get a strange thrill seeing my ferments with their beautiful colors bubbling away.

I feel like an accomplished mad scientist here is a good recipe book of beautiful fermentation recipes. What fermented foods do you like to eat or make?

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How to Cloth Diaper on a Budget

How to Cloth Diaper on a Budget

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The secret to cloth diapering on a budget. Don't be surprised, a few raised brows when you share that you are planning on cloth diapering.

I promise it’s no big deal, it's simple, healthier, and will save you money. The whys and hows to cloth diapering can be found here. But right now, we are going to focus on how to cloth diaper on a budget.

First, let’s compare the cost of cloth diapers to disposable diapers. Stats estimate a child will use 2700 diapers per year, and the average child wears diapers for at least 2.5 year [1]. Some kids are in diapers longer.

My daughter is 2.5 years old she is mostly potty trained, she wears a diaper to bed and when we are running errands in town. I estimate 2700 diaper changes a year is about right, in our experience.

Right now, Pampers is $24 for 88 diapers. With 2700 diaper changes this is $736 per year or $1840 per child. There’s a good chance you will still be buying night time diapers after 2.5 years old, so let’s round this out to $2000.

Disposable diapers =$2000 per child

Most of the cloth diapers I have purchased could be used on a second child, with a few needing replacing because either lost or worn out. Cloth diapering does increase your laundry bill. I don’t use a diaper service, our diapers are washed at home and it’s no big deal.

A load of diapers is washed every 2-3 days, roughly 12 extra loads of laundry a month. I make my own detergent, which is so inexpensive it costs me a few cents per load. 

I am not sure the cost of laundry, random online stats suggest 29 cents to run the washer, 50 cents to run the dryer, my detergent is 8 cents.

So approximately 87 cents per load or $11 per month. A tip though, if you also switch to cloth wipes instead of buying disposable it will offset the added laundry expense.

Organic laundry detergent will only increase the month laundry bill by 1.24 per month. This organic brand costs 23 cents per load x 12 loads of diapers per month = $2.76

Cloth diapering is cheaper than disposable diapers in the long run, but the initial cost can sting a bit. I spent a lot, I mean a lot of time searching for the least expensive cloth diapering system, that worked.

You can buy super cheapies from Ebay straight from China, I tried and they were a joke.

So, this is the cheapest route that works and I am still using these very same products for the last 2.5 years. We will round up and estimate cloth diapers cost me about $450, but not everything has to be purchased all at once.

Disposable $2000 vs Cloth $790 ($450 diapers + $340 laundry)

 It’s not a super fair comparison though, first we saved money by not buying wipes and the diapers will last longer than one child. Saving money isn’t the only reason to cloth diaper, either.

A disposable diaper takes 500 years to break down, and with every kid using 2700 diapers that’s a lot of years! Also, there are some nasty chemicals in disposable diapers that are bad for health.

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Types of Cloth Diapers

So, a quick rundown of types of cloth diapers, if you didn’t catch the more detailed article above.

AOI

All In One cloth diaper. As the name suggests it is a one step process and you need nothing else. Typically, the priciest option.

Hybrids

I have never personally used, but they are a two-step system that requires an absorb-able insert that is commonly snapped into the crotch of the cover.

Pocket diaper

This is a two-step process, requiring an insertable pad be placed inside the pocket. I’m not a fan of messing with the pocket, it seems like an unnecessary step. Also, the pads are bulky making playtime difficult, at least with the Kawaii brand I tried.

Diaper Covers

This is typically the least expensive cloth diapering system and is the one we used. Diaper covers are placed over either a flat or a prefold, which we will discuss in a minute. Now diaper covers have a lot of options too.

  • PUL or TPU (most affordable)
  • Wool
  • Microfiber
  • And more….

We are going to focus on the affordable PUL or TPU, which is plastic laminated to one side of polyester fabric.

The difference between PUL and TPU Diaper Covers

PUL and TPU are very similar to one another, they are both plastic laminated to fabric. The difference is in how the plastic is bonded to the fabric.

 

PUL, Polyurethane Laminate, is chemically bonded and is harder on the environment, but is more durable.

 

TPU, Thermoplastic Polyurethane, is heat bonded requiring less chemicals and will biodegrade quicker than PUL. It’s easier on the environment and may pose less chemical exposure to your baby [2].

I don’t like plastic, but the waterproofing is convenient and was the most affordable option. We used TPU covers by Kawaii, they are crazy cheap and adjustable.

TPU is said to be less durable than PUL, some of our TPU covers will not last a second child. The dryer seems to break them down, if they were lined dried I believe all of them would have made it for a second child.

If you want to go completely plastic free you may want to check these out, they have affordable all cloth options The Natural Baby Company.

All Wool diaper covers

I have to mention these because I was very curious if wool diaper covers were waterproof, and like I mentioned earlier I don’t like plastic.

Now they are not waterproof, but neither are PUL/TPU diaper covers. If the baby is very very wet both will allow seepage. The wool covers though are surprisingly effective.

 

The lanolin in the wool acts as a natural barrier to prevent leakage. Also, they don’t have to be washed with every diaper change.

 

The lanolin and urine react and have a self-cleansing effect, they only need to be air dried. Eventually the lanolin breaks down, and then they need a gentle handwashing with a lanolin treatment to restore its super powers. The wool covers are also used with either flats or prefolds.

They are cute but bulky under pants. If you are interested in wool covers, these are the ones I used. Not a budget friendly option though!

Prefolds & Flats

As mentioned earlier, after you choose your covers you will need prefolds or flats. The difference between a flat and prefold cloth diaper is the layers of fabric.

A flat is a single layer of fabric, and a prefold is multiple layers of fabric sewn together, with the thickest layers in the crotch area. Both prefolds and flats must be folded into a diaper around your baby and then secured either with pins or a stretchy snappi.

I prefer prefold because there are extra layers of absorbency in the crotch area. I only tried two brands Osocozy and Gerber. Between the two I like the feel and absorbency of the organic cotton Osocozy.

So here we go, my cheapest strategy to cloth diapering, and it’s partially organic too! The total system costs $450, and most of it will last for more than one child.

6 Newborn PUL Covers

You may not need these if you have a larger baby. Kawaii is the brand I recommend to save money, I will show you where to buy down below. Amazon doesn’t have the best price on Kawaiis.

Kawaiis are adjustable and can be used from birth to potty training. However, if you have a tiny newborn these will be too big. My daughter was just shy of 6lbs at birth, and Kawaii was too large until about 4 months of age.

I bought a few newborn Rumparooz covers to get us by until she grew into Kawaiis. This expense all depends on the size of your baby. To save the most, buy Kawaii before your child is born and if they don’t fit then buy newborn covers. This means you will need one box of disposables on hand.

24 Infant Organic Cotton Prefolds

I recommend these for everyone, because the full size ones are too much bulk for a new baby.

2 packs of Snappis

These are for fastening the prefolds, much easier than pins.

36 Organic Cotton Prefolds

These are for when your child outgrows the infant size. So, these don’t need to be purchased right away. I like prefolds, because you fold the diaper into a custom snug fit. Downside is they aren’t absorbent enough to last all night, so you will need a night time set up too.

12 Kawaii TPU Covers

Kawaii is one of the cheapest brands, and I found them just as effective as the more costly Rumparooz. I prefer button closure to Alpix/Velcro, toddlers will figure out how to take off the Velcro covers.

20 Bamboo Inserts

I use the inserts with a normal cover, not a pocket diaper. I like the inserts for night time. Bamboo is highly absorbent, it lasts us through the night without any leaks.

When my daughter was an infant the cotton prefolds worked through the night, as she peed larger volumes I had to switch to bamboo inserts for nighttime. Still as she became older and peed even more, I had to double the bamboo inserts to last us through the night.

Bamboo is said to need intensive processing to be made into fabric. These sadly were not organic, but I do love how absorbent and soft they are.

Inserts can be found in other fabric options, but bamboo is known for its superior absorbency. I don’t recommend microfiber at all.

Microfiber is plastic, it holds odors, and is horrible at maintaining absorbency.

Hemp is another option, which I have not tried. Hemp as a side note, is naturally antibacterial.

2 Small Wetbags

This is for the diaper bag, it is great for dirty diaper and dirty wipe storage while traveling.

2 Large Wetbags

This is for home use. Wetbags are made out of the same material as the diaper covers. The inside is laminated, and they have a zipper to seal in the odors. When the bag is full I empty out the bag, turn it inside out and wash it all.

Organic Wool Mattress Protector

This is optional but handy. I only recommend organic wool, as conventional wool is processed with many many chemicals and possibly linked to SIDS.

As you can see the options can be overwhelming. I spent a whole a lot of hours searching for the most economical cloth diapering system. One of the most affordable cloth diapers is the Kawaii brand.

Kawaii has several styles, but I only like their simple no fuss TPU cover with snaps. Some of the more expensive brands contain a second interior leg seam, said to prevent leakage.

The Kawaii covers I like don’t have this feature, however I found the double seams to leave marks on my baby’s skinny legs.

The double seams are probably more effective in preventing poop blowouts, however this hasn’t really been a problem for us anyhow. The double seam doesn’t prevent pee seeping out any better.

All brands I am aware have the same common flaw, which is the outer non plastic side is rolled inward around the legs, so when the baby’s prefold is completely wet the moisture is wicked outward getting your baby’s clothes wet around the leg. This is a flaw with all cloth diapers, it’s something that we have tolerated and it only happens when she is very wet.

 

A shopping list is included at the bottom

 

Additional ways to save money cloth diapering:

1. Skip out on buying wipes

I have found disposable wipes unnecessary. I use cut up old t-shirts, and now that she’s older her newborn prefolds have been transitioned to wipes.

The perfumey soapy wipes aren’t needed, water is plenty effective. At first, I made my own wipes and solution. The problem is you can’t keep wipes moist and laying around without a preservative or they will mildew.

There are studies on this very topic and plain water is just as effective as soapy wipes. If your baby has a diaper rash, then these harsh cleaners aren’t recommended anyhow.

Later I learned water is all you need. I pack the diaper bag with a bottle of water and dry cloth wipes, only wetting them as needed. At home I use a glass spray bottle filled with only water to wet the wipes or simply just wet the cloths under the sink.

I found keeping dry cloth wipes and a glass spray bottle with only water worked well for the diaper changing station.

2. DIY Diaper rash cream

I make my own DIY rash cream not because I am super cheapo, but because I like knowing what exactly is in my products. Saving money is just a side benefit.

It is super easy to make, it has worked well for us, and I always keep these wonderful healing ingredients in my mama pantry anyhow. This simple healing recipe can be found here.

3. DIY Laundry detergent

I use the recipe of borax, soda wash, and bar soap. It’s simple, effective, and I estimate it roughly costs 8 cents per load. Regular laundry detergent is full of carcinogens, hormone disrupting ingredients and it's costly.

4. Laundry line drying

This will save money too, and is gentler on the TPU covers. However, the dryer will give the bamboo and organic cotton a nice soft fluffy feeling, that line drying doesn’t accomplish.

Finally, here is the complete cloth diaper system on a budget

Everything you need to cloth diaper on a budget from birth to potty training

Shopping list

 

TOTAL COST: $450 (most of it reusable for more than one child)

 A few notes:

If your baby is really tiny at birth I would recommend Rumparooz, they offer preemie too.

If you are absolutely against plastic, awesome. Non plastic diaper cover options can be found here

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Conclusion

Now, I’m not saying these products are the best. I am convinced there are better products out there, these products were the least expensive cloth diapering system, I found that actually worked. I had bought super cheapy covers on Ebay from China, and they were a joke.

My daughter uses them now on her baby dolls. If I had a larger budget I probably would have splurged to try more things out. The bamboo inserts work very well, but they aren’t organic.

If I were to order again, I would opt for organic. I prefer organic as much as I can afford and diapers, pjs, and bedding is a wise place to invest in organic, since these are the things babies are most exposed to.

I was on a tight budget when I was baby shopping, and this was the most economical cloth diapering system I could put together. It does involve shopping from several different stores to pull it off, however most offer free shipping with orders over $50.

Hope this answered some questions. If you want to know our cloth diaper routine, how we wash dirty diapers, travel when cloth diapering, and handle poop, you may also want to check out Everything you need to know about cloth diapering.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me or comment below. Do you have diaper tips to share?

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