To be fair, I received a few boxes of diapers and wipes as gifts, but other than that, I've hardly spent any money on them myself. He has had no more diaper rashes since I switched over, which is a relief.
I'm loving my homemade wipes and solution too. I bought a set of Thirsties wipes on Amazon.com and I also made my own by cutting up a few receiving blankets. I put the squares in an empty tissue box and keep it on the changing table. The wipe solution is made of 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons of Aveeno baby soap. This solution is stored in an empty wipes container. Every time I need a wipe, I just take a fabric square out of the tissue box, dip it in the solution, wipe and then throw it in my diaper pail where the cloth diapers go - a plastic garbage pail (no cover) with a plastic grocery bag as an insert.
Even though his poo has been more of a challenge now that he's eating solids, I've gotten good at cleaning them. I just dump it in the toilet and flush it down. The remaining smears get washed away in the laundry.
I have a good washing system now and it's very simple.
- Change cloth diaper - I'm using BumGenius and Bummis and gDiapers with BumGenius inserts instead of their flushable inserts.
- Put dirty diaper in plastic garbage pail with a plastic grocery bag as a liner
- Any poo gets flushed down toilet when time permits
- When the bag is full, I pull apart all the inserts, check for any forgotten poo, and throw it all in the wash
- Wash first in cold with a little bit of All Free and Clear HE detergent. Program machine that it is heavily soiled and needs extra rinse.
- Wash again in hot with a little bit of same detergent. Program machine the same as last time.
- Hang dry the covers on an old baseball hat hanger with clips.
- Dry all the inserts and cloth wipes in the dryer.
- Put them all away in a basket on the changing table and DONE!
If I use the cloth diapers and wipes for the l'il chicken hawks first 3 years, I think the savings will be huge. Hopefully he'll potty train faster than the chickadees too. Highly unlikely though. I'm still having to clean up their potty accidents almost daily. That's a different topic for a different day.