So, I've dreamed of cloth diapering for awhile! Now it seems like my dreams have become incredibly complicated.
My husband and I live in an apartment. We've thought about moving several times, but our location is just so desirable in terms of safety and locational convenience. Our building has shared washer and dryer. It's coin operated and costs 2.50 dollars to wash and dry a load. A fair price, but not if I'm going to daily wash diapers. Bulk disposables would then be cheaper(I think). I thought about washing by hand and just machine drying since it uses less coins than the washer(1.00). The problem is that people in my building go crazy with fabric softening sheets. I don't know if that will end up depositing a waxy/allergenic substance onto the cloth diapers. My husband did the math and thinks it still would be cheaper to get disposables even if we just used the dryer.
My other option is washing *and* drying the old fashioned way, but that has it's issues as well. I can't dry anything outside (against apartment policy) and it seems like a bit of work. How long would it take for diapers to dry on an indoor drying rack? Where would I put it? Is it going to take a lot out of me? This is my first child and I don't want to put tons of stress on myself.
I love the idea behind saving money and being greener. Any tips on how to make this work? My husband isn't eco-conscience and doesn't want the cloth variety if it will end up costing more with our circumstances.