Being a new parent comes with all kinds of decisions.
You already know that cloth diapers are better for your Baby and for our Earth. But you might be wondering if home wash would be better for your family than diaper service. There is no one-size-fits all answer. Here are some things to add to your considerations!
Is Washing Cloth Diapers at Home a Cost Saver?
Cloth diapering is a big investment upfront when you wash at home. But it might be worth it if it is cheaper, in the long run, right?
Make sure you take into consideration the hidden costs of cloth diapering at home when you are running the numbers.
Wear and tear on your washing machine.
This can take years off the life of your machine. Remember that the "lifetime" of your washing machine is based on the number of wash cycles, not years. If you are washing an extra couple loads a day you will have to replace your machines much sooner.
Additional cleaning of your machine.
You will need to spend money on special cleaners to make sure your machine gets clean between washes and the time to wipe down the machine, especially around the seal.
Higher energy costs for your hot water.
In order to kill bacteria, your water temperature will need to be set at a minimum of 149 degrees F. This additional cost to heat your water is an ongoing energy cost.
These higher temperatures are also much higher than the recommended 120 degrees or less to set your water heater for baby safety. As an industrial washing service, we set our water temperature to 160 degrees - ensuring you get the best possible clean for your diapers.
Additional hoses on your toilet for rinsing.
When you wash at home, you can't simply throw a soiled diaper in your washing machine. You will need to get and install a sprayer attachment for your toilet to remove the poo first. With diaper service, there is no rinsing or soaking required. Just put your soiled diapers directly into your hamper - we take care of the rest!
How Clean are Your Diapers?
Our family-owned business has making getting the cleanest, freshest, and fluffiest diapers our focus for decades! These years of experience and our commercial equipment means that we are able to do things that washing machines and plumbing made for the home user can't replicate.
As mentioned above, we wash our diapers at a super hot 160 degrees F. Not only would those temperatures be unsafe in a home water heater, it would suck up energy 24/7, not just when you are washing diapers.
Custom formulated detergent.
We purchase custom laundry detergent that is specially formulated for cloth diapers. This is not available in stores, and gives the deepest clean while being gentle for sensitive skin.
Number of water changes.
Most home washing machines put your laundry through a wash cycle and a rinse cycle. Each of our loads of diapers go through 11 total water changes. You would have to wash the same load at home 4-6 times to get the same level of clean!
At home you are subject to whatever water you have from either city or well water. You may have additional minerals in the water, chlorine, or other factors that affect the PH of your diapers. This can lead to diaper rashes for some babies. We make sure our diapers are completely PH balanced for your baby's skin.
One of the best thing about cotton diapers is how soft and fluffy they feel against your skin! We maximize the fluff by using a high heat drying method that helps the cotton expand and reach maximum fluffiness - while that may not be a technical term, the important thing is the end result!
How Do You Want to Spend Your Time?
One of the biggest reasons that parents choose diaper service is to save them time and effort - and no wonder! There is enough extra laundry from a new little one without throwing diapers into the mix.
And remember that time is money too.
What do you choose to do with your time? More snuggles and playtime with baby? Invite a friend over? Get some work done? Or even a nap - you are totally allowed!
Will I Run Out of Diapers?
Many parents wonder when they use a diaper delivery service do they get enough diapers? We want you to always have enough; based on your feedback we plan that you have at least 10 extra before your next delivery. Not only does our service include unlimited diapers for the same price each week, that quantity gets adjusted based on your needs, if you ever find yourself running short give us a call two days in advance and we will ship you more!
Ready to Get Started?
If you are ready to enjoy the convenience of diaper service - or if you still have lingering questions - start by checking to see if you are in our delivery area. After that we can walk you through the registration process step by step!
We have been providing clean fresh cotton diapers delivered straight to your door for over 30 years. We are also a family run business, with children and grandchildren of our own. Now let us share some of the parenting wisdom we have learned along the way!