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One other thing I tried was tea tree oil. The downside, is TTO by itself stinks :

I don't know if the detergent makes a difference (I would think it wouldn't) but I used plain ol tide and it worked wonders.


For us, detergent makes a difference. Different detergents react differently with fabrics and water. We use plain Cheer. I've tried Planet, Seventh Generation, and Arm and Hammer and they didn't get my diapers clean, though they seemed to do fine on our clothes. All (both regular and the Free and Clear) seemed to get the diapers clean, but they made Natalie's bottom bright red (yes, even the Free and Clear). We don't use Tide because my skin can't handle it. The plain blue Cheer is the only thing we've found that cleans the diapers and clothes and doesn't bother anyone's skin.
post #142 of 271
All Free & Clear has brighteners that can cause buildup and stink. I am using baking soda in the wash and a tbspoon of vinegar in the rinse.
post #143 of 271
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My diapers stink right now and I just stripped them. They have the pee stink smell to them but I know they're really clean and all. I clean them how it's recommended... cold rinse, hot wash with dye free detergent, rinse rinse rinse. Any recommendations on what I can try to get rid of the smell? Another CD ?... I have BG2 and 3's... they never stay velcroed in the laundry or dryer anymore. Any idea why and how I can remedy the situation?
I've had different results when I switched detergents--polkadotsandpinstripes.com has a GREAT list of detergents (a 1-5 stars rating on each for use with cloth diapers) and that has been really helpful for me.
I've also had different results with different types of diapers. What are yours made with? If I recall correctly BGs are PUL/microfleece with microfiber inserts, aren't they? IME synthetic fabrics get (and retain) stink a LOT worse than natural fabrics. It's basically pushed me to switch my stash away from microfleece/microfiber toward bamboo/hemp/cotton (even though the natural fibers typically cost a bit more) because they just get cleaner.
Oh, and as for the velcro thing...yeah, I found that after a few months of washing my laundry tabs didn't stay stuck closed so well anymroe either. I'm pretty wholly converted to snaps for that reason alone.

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How do you who cloth diaper dry your diapers in the winter? I know that line drying them in the sun is better for them, but it seems like a lost cause in the winter.

Do you just hang them up in the bathroom? Or to get the sunlight, hang them up in the window?
I do put them in the drier, but anything with staining gets set on a sunny windowsill to de-stain once it's dry...in my last apartment I'd have to leave it there for several days cuz we were in southeast and there was NO sun even on non-rainy days...but here in Homer things are looking much more promising in that regard
The line-drying is the ONLY thing I can think of that I miss about utah. :
post #144 of 271
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Oh yeah, we're here in Homer now, getting all settled in (we have a bed and a kitchen table but no couch or desk or other furniture...the laptop is sitting on a camping cooler right now ) Thus far we LOVE it here, and are already talking about staying for years if not forever.
I'm working on finding a prenatal/birth care provider now...I've talked with the two MDC mamas I could find who live/have lived in Homer, and also with my landlady (who has a 6mo) and another lady up the street... Since we are only 5 min from the hospital though I think homebirth *may* be an option after all (DH feels really uncomfortable about it unless backup is readily available, and I think that's a valid worry...things don't usually go wrong, but sometimes they do and I agree it's good to be prepared about those things). So anyway we have an appointment to meet the local homebirth midwife next week. My landlady said she actually drove to the birth center in soldotna...I've kinda considered that, but it's a 90 min drive each way and while I could do that for one-time for delivery, I'm not sure I want to commit to doing it for all the prenatal appointments...that's a LOT of driving. I hear that the local OB is pretty good too...but the more I think about it the more I'm feeling drawn toward homebirthing this time, which is kindof exciting, I just need to be able to click with the midwife. (If my last birth taught me anythign it was that personal connection is more important than resume/experience in a birth provider...I have regretted my doula choice over and over because we chose the experienced one and when it came down to labor she drove me kinda nuts )

ETA, the fact that my landlady went to the birth center is nice because it lets me know that they won't be freaked out if we HB

Here's an unrelated question for everybody--when do they come out with the announcement of how much the PFDs will be this year? (This is our first year getting them ) We are kinda counting on ours to *ahem* buy a little furniture and it would be nice to know how much to expect so that we can start shopping appropriately.
post #145 of 271
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Originally Posted by heartmommyak View Post
I put mine in the dryer too.

My diapers stink right now and I just stripped them. They have the pee stink smell to them but I know they're really clean and all. I clean them how it's recommended... cold rinse, hot wash with dye free detergent, rinse rinse rinse. Any recommendations on what I can try to get rid of the smell? Another CD ?... I have BG2 and 3's... they never stay velcroed in the laundry or dryer anymore. Any idea why and how I can remedy the situation?
I've had to strip my BG2 a few times - using the Dawn and multiple rinses. I also had the pee smell even fresh & warm from the dryer. I have a front loader and I found that its low water level was likely the cause - detergent just didn't rinse clean enough. So now here's my routine:
1) Detergent: Biokleen or Country Save, 1/2 the recommended amount
2) Bac-Out in the "bleach" compartment. About 1 tsp. and vinegar in the fabric softener compartment. (Vinegar helps detergent rinse better.)
3) I set a "pre-wash" cycle (its cold water), run the regular "whites/hot wash" and then set an "extra rinse" cycle (also cold).
4) About once a month I run the dipes on the sanitize cycle (super hot water) with no soaps.

Also - I HATE VELCRO. The only velcro I'm planning on using are some fitted dipes I really liked for my son that fit from about 3 months to 6 months. Their velco is in little corners that you can fold over to cover up the velcro during the wash. And since they are fitteds, the cover protects little thighs if it loosens. (If anybody is interested in some cheap BG2...)

Speaking of - Anybody know of any charity (in Anchorage) that might pass on used cloth dipes to a family in need? If I don't sell, I'd prefer to give them to an organization that will give them away - not just Value Village them.
post #146 of 271
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Speaking of - Anybody know of any charity (in Anchorage) that might pass on used cloth dipes to a family in need? If I don't sell, I'd prefer to give them to an organization that will give them away - not just Value Village them.

I know there is a pregnancy services center in Wasilla that will take donations of clothes and diapers, though I don't know about cloth. I would assume there would be something similar in Anchorage, but don't know for certain. You could try checking with some of the local churches. Or call the place in Wasilla, though I don't have their number. They are called Heartreach.
post #147 of 271
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Well, I've had my membranes stripped, bloody show, and I just lost my mucous plug (all in the last 24 hours) so with any luck I'll be able to put all this diaper advice to use soon! Thanks guys!

I know none of these signs are anything definite, but it's still exciting to think that something COULD be happening soon.

Until then, I'll be stalking the message boards like crazy trying to pass the time!
You've been so quiet, think you must be birthing a baby~ either way, greatest of good luck to you and your newborn and your husband. ]

There is just nothing like a first baby. Nothing.

/tell Dana hi for us again!

love,

penelope and family
post #148 of 271
We heard geese last night : very mixed feelings! Its very early this time.
post #149 of 271
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Here's an unrelated question for everybody--when do they come out with the announcement of how much the PFDs will be this year? (This is our first year getting them ) We are kinda counting on ours to *ahem* buy a little furniture and it would be nice to know how much to expect so that we can start shopping appropriately.
I think the amount is announced mid September, right before the first wave of dividends are distributed. It's speculated to be around $1200 this year according to this article-
http://newsminer.com/news/2009/aug/0...gger-expected/
post #150 of 271
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I think the amount is announced mid September, right before the first wave of dividends are distributed. It's speculated to be around $1200 this year according to this article-
http://newsminer.com/news/2009/aug/0...gger-expected/
$1200 I can work with *whew*
After last year being so high and gas prices coming down this year, someone was telling me she figured it would be more like $600. That had me a little nervous. We have been hoping for $1000ish because we desperately need a couch plus we're really hoping to pay off a credit card that has about $2000 on it. Oh, and a carseat. Yeah, need to buy a carseat for the wee one... It sounds like we are likely to be ok. ::::::::


and I got (re)enrolled for WIC here today. I didn't know Alaska WIC was giving vouchers for Farmer's Markets! That is SOO great! Better still is that there's only a month of the FM left here, but I still got the whole summer amount (they just do $25/person for the summer, but me plus Bear = $50 with only a month left to spend it!). I'm gonna enjoy this!
post #151 of 271
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Originally Posted by liza-s View Post
Speaking of - Anybody know of any charity (in Anchorage) that might pass on used cloth dipes to a family in need? If I don't sell, I'd prefer to give them to an organization that will give them away - not just Value Village them.
I don't know of a charity, but I have seen them listed on freecycle from time to time. They always get snatched up by "families in need" there.
post #152 of 271
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We heard geese last night : very mixed feelings! Its very early this time.
We saw geese and cranes going the WRONG direction (south!) a week ago.

Jenn
post #153 of 271
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We heard geese last night : very mixed feelings! Its very early this time.
Yup. I've been hearing geese flying overhead every morning at about 5 am this week. I saw 3 red tailed hawks along the Palmer Hay Flats on Tuesday. At least no flocks of sandhill cranes and swans yet. I love seeing the birds, but I also want more summer.
post #154 of 271
42 inside my greenhouse this morning, and a ton of yellow leaves about.

Hey, is anyone around here gluten free? My family has recently made the switch from gluten free to grain free and I have a bunch of food to rehome. Also have some normal gluten stuff and other things like OG red wine vinegar and sunflower seeds. PM me if interested...
post #155 of 271
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I'd appreciate input from anybody who's got a minute (concerning what you wear for labor/birthing at home)

http://mothering.com/discussions/sho....php?t=1126890
post #156 of 271
I'm taking a few minutes to poke in now and then. Getting lots done around here. Still a long ways to go, but its so nice to see things get done.
New garden plot is nearly finished.
Arctic entry is well on its way towards being finished.
This will be my new winter fridge/root cellar.
I will have racks for lots of potatos and carrots.
Cupboards for fridge stuff.
A cupboard for the eggs we will be selling soon.
A shelf or two for the milk co-op.
I also plan on making fresh bread for barter as well. Maybe pies and cookies as well.
If we find we are able to get goats next year, I plan on putting in a huge bed of beets and carrots for winter feeding, just like farmers of old did.
We are re-evaluating how we use the greenhouse, as its costing way to much for what little we are getting out of it.
I am going to put boxes of dirt in it next year, rather then pots.

I love living this way. We buy next to nothing from the grocery store now.
What we can't grow/raise, comes from Azure and USDA organics now.
post #157 of 271
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I love living this way. We buy next to nothing from the grocery store now.
What we can't grow/raise, comes from Azure and USDA organics now.
I was curious so I googled azure and I found it interesting. So the prices on the website are what you pay, no extra shipping (as long as you're over the $50 min.)? Are there many drop points to choose from? What about produce and meats, have you ordered them?
post #158 of 271
You have to pay shipping on top of Azure prices, depending on whose drop you get onto will tell you how much. I get mine from www.wolflakewellness.com, so I can pick up organic fruit/veggies at great prices at the same time, as well as frontier stuff. At WLW, it usually works out to about 30 cents per pound, plus a 15% handling fee.
post #159 of 271
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I was curious so I googled azure and I found it interesting. So the prices on the website are what you pay, no extra shipping (as long as you're over the $50 min.)? Are there many drop points to choose from? What about produce and meats, have you ordered them?
The drop point we use is through Wolf Lake Wellness as well.
I have never ordered produce, although we do pick form the extras on occasion.
We've never bought meat either, cause we raise and hunt our own. However, I have heard rave reviews on the meat.

So last week, we picked up the following list, and our total shipping and handling was about $30.

Code Product Name Size Qty Price Total
OL164 Coconut Oil, Raw, Cold Press, ExVirg 32 ozs. 1 $14.85 $14.85
HS436 Cheddar Cheese Powder, Organic 1 lb. 1 $17.30 $17.30
QS040 Salsa Seasoning 1 lb. 1 $4.40 $4.40
SW009 Honey, Raw, Berry/Wildflower 1 Gal. 1 $23.10 $23.10
SW061 Sucanat, 100% Organic Dried Cane Jui 2 lbs. 1 $5.60 $5.60
HB220 O.F. Bar Shampoo-Herbal 3.5 ozs. 2 $3.90 $7.80
OL162 Coconut Oil, Raw, Cold Press, ExVirg 1 Gallon 1 $51.70 $51.70
GR089 Country Wild Rice Blend, Gourmet 1 lb. 1 $2.70 $2.70
GR056 Rice, Sweet, Brown, Organic 5 lbs. 1 $7.45 $7.45
GR050 Rice, Short Grain, Brown, Organic 25 lbs. 1 $31.40 $31.40
SC085 Wheat Free Gourmet Blk Licorice 3 x 1.1 oz. 3 $3.00 $9.00

WLW also utilizes Frontier for spices and herbs, and the produce orders are done thru USDA Organics, since Azure does not guarentee their produce being shipped to Alaska.
WLW is also looking at using Mountain Rose Herbs as well.

Feel free to ask mnt.mama or myself any questions you may have!
Oh, and the drop point is between Palmer and Wasilla.
post #160 of 271
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I'd appreciate input from anybody who's got a minute (concerning what you wear for labor/birthing at home)

http://mothering.com/discussions/sho....php?t=1126890
I replied

I would wear whatever I had on! LOL
Last labor was in the shower, so I was naked.
Since my labors are short, I dont usually have time to think about clothes.
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