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post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by jenrett View Post
OrchideZ - I am glad to hear the good review about the LG! We were just looking at them yesterday....Sears has a 25% off sale through today, unfortunately, we don't have the $$ today I hope we can get one though!! Even if it's not an all in one
Yeah those all in ones seem so futuristic and dreamy! Our LG set is pretty amazing though. I was happier the day we got those than when I got my antique engagment ring
We love it so.
ps- funny story relating to diapers and wash...I could not find my purse today for anything. I looked everywhere. Everywhere! Then tonight I was doing the diapers and when I went to dump the dirty diaper bin into the washer, I heard a distinctive jingle jangle of change, realized my purse was in the hamper thanks to my toddler. I guess he thought it needed a good wash.

**My son speaking about bleach is a very very fair towhead with sensitive skin...his daddy is a strawberry blonde who also is very sensitive. That is the main reason we do no PUL and only use organic fabrics for his diapers and exclusively wool covers as well as wool sleeping pads. We only bathe him in Weleda Calendula wash. You get the picture.
Anyway, we exclusively used our diaper service for his first 4 months and he NEVER had a rash or a hint of a problem. We would not have stayed with it had there been any issue or smells. I am very sensitive to smells and never detected any hint of bleach. I asked them and they said according to federal laws, they must sanitize to standards b/c diapers are washed all together and must be absolutely clean. They use the bleach earlier on and there are over 11 steps to their wash process. The bleach is rinsed out and then rinsed out and then rinsed out...etc. etc. you get the point. Not the same at all as it would be for someone to use bleach at home in a small load.
I guess we will just have to disagree on this point b/c frankly, I would not be comfortable with using a "green diaper service" if there is even such a thing legally. Just b/c what is fine when it involves only my son's excrement at home is one thing but in huge bins and bins of a bunch of people's poopy diapers, is quite another. I would especially want the diapers to be sanitized and clean when it comes to mixing your baby's poop with other poop.
The diapers we get are of the softest cotton ever and so fresh and immaculate...we will be using them again for our Pixie come May.
post #22 of 26
What I did not mention, was that we tried the diaper service and it made my kids bums raw and red within hours of putting them on them. They have such sensitive skin that they cannot even tollerate wearing the 7th generation sposies and the cloth has to be made with certain fabric or they break out. My mom cleans her bathtub with bleach water (very dilute) and rinses it a ton, to the point that there is no bleach smell, or anything. My kids can't take a bath in her bathtub at all or they break out. Besides even if it is rinsed out of the diapers well enough to leave nothing to cause a rash, it is still awful on the environment.
post #23 of 26
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What I did not mention, was that we tried the diaper service and it made my kids bums raw and red within hours of putting them on them. They have such sensitive skin that they cannot even tollerate wearing the 7th generation sposies and the cloth has to be made with certain fabric or they break out. My mom cleans her bathtub with bleach water (very dilute) and rinses it a ton, to the point that there is no bleach smell, or anything. My kids can't take a bath in her bathtub at all or they break out. Besides even if it is rinsed out of the diapers well enough to leave nothing to cause a rash, it is still awful on the environment.
I think it depends on the diaper service you use. Some are better than others. We fortunately here in the Los Angeles/Pasadena area have a great one that has been around and still family-run since 1938.
Sorry you had such a bad experience. That sounds severe. We don't use bleach in our house either so can't imagine what that would be like in a bathtub. We can't use 7th Gen either. My son broke out for the first and only time in his life wearing those once.
I wanted to reiterate though...using a diaper service which uses a touch of necessary sanitizing measures like bleach mid-cycle of over 11 steps is much better on the environment than using disposables are. The carbon footprint is significantly reduced over washing at home so for you and a few others who have posted, a service isn't an option.
The OP stated this was her only option as she lives in an apt. building with coin-op machines.
I think she should go for it.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by OrchideZ View Post
I think it depends on the diaper service you use. Some are better than others. We fortunately here in the Los Angeles/Pasadena area have a great one that has been around and still family-run since 1938.
Sorry you had such a bad experience. That sounds severe. We don't use bleach in our house either so can't imagine what that would be like in a bathtub. We can't use 7th Gen either. My son broke out for the first and only time in his life wearing those once.
I wanted to reiterate though...using a diaper service which uses a touch of necessary sanitizing measures like bleach mid-cycle of over 11 steps is much better on the environment than using disposables are. The carbon footprint is significantly reduced over washing at home so for you and a few others who have posted, a service isn't an option.
The OP stated this was her only option as she lives in an apt. building with coin-op machines.
I think she should go for it.
I'm sorry... You are right, it is better to use a diaper service than disposable if you can! And it is all about progress not perfection right? Lol... we all do what we can when we can. Heck the months of Nov and Dec I used paper plates a whole lot because I was too sick to wash dishes...

I really shouldn't have commented at all, because it had nothing to do with the OP's post in the first place. I was just stating my issues with diaper services etc. Thanks for bring this back to topic!
post #25 of 26
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OrchideZ - I am glad to hear the good review about the LG! We were just looking at them yesterday....Sears has a 25% off sale through today, unfortunately, we don't have the $$ today I hope we can get one though!! Even if it's not an all in one
Sears has layaway.

We've never used a diaper service, but the only caveat I see is the 70 diapers/week...IME, that would be cutting it close, especially the first few weeks. Other than that, if I were in the position of not having my own washer/dryer easily accessible, I would definitely go with a diaper service...and $19.50/week is a great price. Back when we used sposies, we would spend at LEAST that, and usually much more in the earlier days of constant diaper changes.
post #26 of 26
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My MIL offered to buy us a year's worth of diapering service. But, I think something like this:

http://www.lge.com/us/appliances/was...mbos/index.jsp (WFS)

would be a much better use of money. Especially if you are planning on having more than 1 child and diapering for more than 1 year (uhhh, yeah).

Note that the above washer/dryer combo can be put ANYWHERE, do not need external vent source. You can put them in closets, etc.

This is what I am hoping to get for a baby present
I'm not sure which of the models on the page you linked that you are considering, but if it is the one on the top, it says that it only does up to 5 garments at a time? Is that for a regular load, or just using one of the special features on the washer/ dryer? Because that seems tiny, to me.

I only ask because I have used a combo washer/ dryer. We were staying at a hotel that had them in the suites and I'm about 95% sure it was an LG. Anyway... it was tiny (meaning that you'd have do run it more than once to clean/ dry a standard sized load) and the clothes came out unbelievably wrinkled. As in, imagine what clothes look like at the end of a spin cycle in the washer (i.e. wrinkled and pressed to the sides of the washer drum), only dry. Obviously, the wrinkling isn't a big deal if you're just using it for diapers.

This was in 2006, so hopefully the washer/ dryer combination models they make now are better (or the model you're interested in has a higher capacity and works better), but if you haven't already, I'd look into a bunch of consumer reviews and see what people who have used the current model have to say.
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