When I first decided I was going to take the Flats and Handwashing Challenge I contacted a little cloth diaper company *kind of* local to me, The Natural Life Store, that I had recently come across (and fallen in love with) and asked if they were interested in helping sponsor me during the week. Alicia, the owner, said Yes and I am so grateful she did.
I have never actually purchased a diaper or diaper accessory in a brick and mortar store. It’s just always easier for me to find what I like, find someone with reasonable prices or an excellent sale and order online. I think that is probably how most of us shop for cloth diapers and I think that’s why so many WAHM’s have been able to get into the cloth diapering business, either as retailers or manufacturers. They even have do-it-yourself registries now so you can let your friends and family know exactly what you want and you can get your stash going before your baby arrives. I kind of wish I had been on top of THAT before the boys were born!
What drew me to The Natural Life Store first was their great pricing which they topped off with a great sale (you can keep up to speed on the newest deals by signing up for their newsletter) and then followed up with fantastic customer service and shipping that made my head spin! Those things will keep me coming back for more.
Another great thing about The Natural Life Store is their Diaper Exchange program. How many of us have a diaper or two that never got a lot of use (those newborn Bum Genius I stocked up on come to mind) that we just haven’t gotten around to finding a new home for. You can send them to The Natural Life Store and they will give you store credit for each diaper so you can buy something that is just what you are looking for (next size, different style etc.) and the diapers you don’t want/need will be sold on their Used but Usable page. If the diapers you send do NOT meet their standards they will ship them back to you at your expense or you can donate them to someone who is in need of diapers. Either way it’s a win.
It’s everything you want in a diaper store and you can see why I love to tell people about them and was so excited they were willing to help me out this past week.
As I mentioned in my wrap-up post, my biggest challenge was keeping everything I needed to wash by hand separate from the other cloth diapers that needed to be washed.
Enter The Natural Baby Company Pail liner. (How I’ve made it 2+ years cloth diapering without a pail liner is beyond me.) For the challenge I kept it in the bathroom, either on the floor or in the tub depending on whether or not it was bath night. It’s a nice accessory that doesn’t take up a lot of space. according to The Natural Baby Company, it holds about 3 days worth of diapers. I washed every night, so I haven’t tested that out quite yet, but it is very roomy. I never came across any leaks or wicking or smell issues. It has a nice long heavy duty cord to pull it shut or hang it up with.
Now that the challenge is over, I had Yogi Dad wash out the diaper pail and we are going to see how it fares being used as an actual pail liner. I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. Also noteworthy was the little jig I did when I realized I wasn’t going to have to wash out the diaper pail every time I did a load of diapers. That right there is totally worth getting one!
The other item I was provided with was a bag of Charlie’s Soap. I have used quite a few different detergents over the past two years, but I had never tried Charlie’s. The directions call for a tablespoon of Charlies to be added to each load of laundry. Because I was only going to be washing 6 or so diapers at a time I thought I could figure out some way to have the soap ready to spray right on each diaper when I was ready to wash.
I first started by diluting the soap powder in a 12oz spray bottle but after 2 nights found that my $.99 spray bottle was a piece of junk so I switched to a peri-bottle I had left-over from when Judah was born. If I had a soiled diaper I gave it a little squirt before it went into the pail liner, otherwise I just gave each diaper a good long squirt after they had their first rinse.
My diapers came out clean every time. Considering I was doing all of the washing, rinsing and wringing by hand, I think that’s a pretty good endorsement.
I’m sure I could have completed this challenge successfully without these items but it sure made my life easier!
I’ve got to give a big thanks to The Natural Life Store for their contributions to my successful week. If you are on the hunt for a great retailer, give them a try, they won’t disappoint!