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Cloth Diapers for Beginners

~ all we know/are learning about using cloth cloth diapers ~

Who: Our little baby girl and any future children we (hopefully) have. Everything we have heard/read says that cloth diapers will last through several children. This will mean a greater overall savings for us & supposedly faster potty training for them.

photo (10)What: We ordered 12 bumGenius Freetime all in one diapers (in white since I was worried about the colors showing though clothing/not matching + this way they will be just fine if we ever have a boy).

When: We opted to forgo newborn sized diapers, so started using our cloth diapers once our little one reached about 8.5 pounds.

Where: Diaper Junction (they had the best price + free shipping + a free travel sized wet bag).

Why: Cheaper than disposable diapers in the long run, but mostly because we are avoiding the chemicals  in the disposable diapers.

How: We took the easy/lazy route and went with all in one diapers – meaning we don’t have to deal with a separate insert. So it’s just as easy as disposables. We just have to wash them after they are used. We’ve been doing a load about every day to day and a half. We rinse them in cold water, wash in hot, then another cold rinse. When we remember we then do an extra spin to help them dry faster. We will probably add a clothes line to the back porch for summer drying, but for now have been using the dryer and window sill in the living room.

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So, obviously, this isn’t as easy as using disposable diapers. There is washing, drying, and folding instead of just pulling a fresh diaper out of the drawer. But, I think the benefits make it worth it – for us anyway. And, all of the things people worry about – that the diapers will be super messy/stinky/difficult to clean – haven’t been an issue. They are a bit bulky, but since our little {almost} three-month old can still fit into newborn sized clothes with them on I don’t see this as much of a problem.

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Reusable Swiffer Duster Dusting Cloth

I like pretty much anything that is well packaged, cute, and convinces me it is handy; like a swiffer duster. Who doesn’t love the idea of easily dusting your house with a neat little fluffy cloth that catches virtually everything on shelves you don’t want to take the time to actually clean?

I wouldn’t in any way say that I’m thrifty. I love the idea of coupons, but rarely remember to use them. I do though like the idea of saving money in easy ways around the house whenever I can. As we are basically starting from scratch with this upcoming move (save bookshelves and holiday decorations), I’m trying to get started on the right foot in the realm of household goods, saving money wherever we can since I’ve heard the UK can be rather pricey.

Enter the self-named “reusable swiffer duster dusting cloth”. I wish this was original, but it’s not. There is a great tutorial here. Where my input enters is with some revisions to these very well laid out instructions:

1. Fabric Needed:

1/2 yard of fabric will give you enough fabric to make 2 dusting cloths with some scraps left over

I used baby flannel fabric that is often on sale at JoAnn’s – the fabric cost me $1.53 total

2. SIZING: (this is where I deviate from the otherwise perfect tutorial linked above)

2 7 x 7 pieces

2 5 x 7 pieces

2 4 x 7 pieces

2 2 x 7 pieces

If you follow these new sizing guidelines you won’t have to cut 1″ off of each side of each layer after the pieces are sewn together. This saves you fabric and time which both equal money. In fact, I think if I had done this with both of mine, I could have made 3 dusters out of my fabric.


When you sew the “pocket” for the swiffer handle to slide into, I didn’t like the fact that it could slide right out the top. I added a little stitch across the top on each side so the swiffer duster can’t come out the top. Works perfectly.

4. Cutting:

As a side note, because I’m a little anal about most things, I used my cutting board and my rotary cutter to cut the 1/2″ stripes at the end, instead of the scissors used in the tutorial. I could do 2 pieces of fabric at a time, and could make sure that each of the cuts was as close to 1/2″ inch as I could manage, which makes me feel more confident in the fact that I have completed this project successfully.

To see what everything looks like sewn together and then before and after it is cut into strips, here’s a handy picture.

Reusable Swiffer Duster Dusting Cloth | Flats to Lofts



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