How to Wash Your Cloth Diapers

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Here’s a great Tip Sheet for washing your cloth diapers.  If you follow these basic tips / directions, you should be able to develop your own wash routine specific for your cloth diapering needs.

**Rule of Thumb: Unbleached Organic Cotton / Hemp / Bamboo & All Natural Materials must be washed 5-8 times prior to initial use.  Prewash all other synthetic fibers only once before use.  This maximizes absorbency.**

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1.  REMOVE solids with a diaper sprayer / flushable liners and place cloth diapers in a wet bag, or diaper pail.

2.  MAXIMUM water level.  Run the cloth diapers through a pre-wash / rinse cycle using warm or cold water to remove the nasties.  (use only cold or warm water for this stage as hot water may set stains should they form).

3.  HOT water wash.  Wash your cloth diapers in hot water following the detergent manufacturers guidelines on their package.  We recommend The Laundry Tarts Detergent or Rockin’ Green Detergent.  (if you have soft water use a little less detergent, if you have hard water use either a detergent formulated for hard water, or add a water softening agent).  (We recommend Rockin’ Green Hard Rock or Soft Rock Formulas for specific water types).  • Don’t know what type of water you have?  You can purchase a water quality test strip to determine if you have hard, normal, or soft water.

4.  SECOND rinse cycle.  Run a second rinse cycle to avoid detergent build-up should there be any.

5.  TUMBLE dry or hang your cloth diapers.  Hanging covers are the NatureBumz.com way of drying (usually takes a quick 1-2 hours depending on the brand / type of cloth diaper) and fluffing/tumble drying inserts help to maintain absorbency.

**Natural Stain Removal: Sunning a diaper (laying it out in the sun for 1-2 hours after washing and before drying) is a great way to remove stains naturally.  If you need a little more stain removing power, try the Bunchafarmers or The Laundry Tarts Sweet Spot Stain Removing Sticks (they work amazing!).**

 

Another Reason to Buy Canadian!

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There are many types of cheap imported cloth diapers and other natural parenting products out there (and other products) – so why choose to buy something made here, especially if you may be on a tight budget?

Although you may pay more a little more when you buy from a local Canadian or American manufacturer, what you pay for is the real cost of making that product in a place where workers with families like yours get paid real wages. Where you can be sure there’s no forced labor or child labor in most terrible conditions.

Canadian & local manufacturing creates jobs and prosperity – right where you and your family live!  And in some cases the money you spend helps a parent feed their family just like your’s or be able to work at home with their family. Every day, we are hearing more and more about factories closing here in Canada and hundreds of men and women losing their jobs and desperate to find another.

From July 1st to July 4th 2013, dozens of Canadian made products will be on sale including all of the following brands of Canadian Made Products.

Healing Hazel:

Healing Hazel handcrafts their line of hazelwood necklaces in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Hazelwood necklaces provide natural pain relief to children and adults by naturally normalizing acid levels.

The Laundry Tarts:

Jessy and her team from The Laundry Tarts manufacture awesome laundry detergent and other products in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Jessy has said many times that the ingredients they use including their soap base come from roughly a 100 mile radius.

The Laundry Tarts Jessie

Jessie Doyle Hubberman is the owner of The Laundry Tarts which produces a great natural detergent and many other great laundry products.

Bummis:

Bummis is one of the oldest companies that we deal with here at Nature Bumz, this week they celebrated 25 years of Business. Bummis tries to source everything they can locally including the material for their diaper covers, swim diapers and more.

Bummis Factory Worker

And yet another factory worker from Bummis.

Bummis Manufacture worker

Here’s a photo of a Bummis employee Bernard (a cutter) working on their new Sun Caps.

Bernard is apparently one of the most organized people they know and he loves what he does!

AppleCheeks

AppleCheeks produces their very popular brand of cloth diapers in Montreal, Quebec. Most of the materials being used to produce their brand of cloth diapers and other products are made in Canada or the United States.

Ilana and Amy in AppleCheeks Factory

Co-owners of AppleCheeks Ilana Grostern & Amy Appleton:

AMP Diapers

AMP Diapers is another manufacturer of cloth diapers that produces and designs their products in Canada. In fact, AMP Diapers produces their line in Winnipeg, Manitoba also primarily out of Canadian and American made materials.

AMP Diapers designs and manufactures their diapers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

AMP Diapers will be coming very soon to Nature Bumz.

Delish Naturals

Delish Naturals is another Canadian company that we are proud to deal with. They produce an awesome brand of diaper cream, and lots of great lanolin products that many moms are using with their wool diaper covers.

We recently, also started to carry their line of baby shampoo and body wash which are made from ingredients sourced in Canada and the United States.

Mother Earth Natural Products

Mother Earth Natural Products is a Canadian company that uses organically grown and wildcrafted herbs from their own property on Vancouver Island. Our favourite product produced by Mother Earth is the Motherearth Belly Blossom which I used on two of my three pregnancies.

Buncha Farmers

Buncha Farmers is a Canadian company that sells awesome natural stain removing products and soaps. In 2006, Buncha Farmers started wtih a group of farmers and a few local artisans from the Greater Toronto Area. In Stouffville this group opened up their first store and eventually closed it because they couldn’t work together. Iggy Natoli, and Corey Besser continued working on the business and producing natural products.

In January, we introduced the Buncha Farmers Stain Remover Stick and the response has been phenomenal.

We want to hear from YOU… WHY would you buy local?

The Laundry Tarts New Scent Blueberry Cobbler

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The Laundry Tarts Blueberry CobblerEvery month, The Laundry Tarts will be producing a new limited edition scent. For the month of May the scent is Blueberry Cobbler and it smells delicious.

Blueberry Cobbler is available already in their amazing Laundry Detergent, and we still have a few of last month’s Lemon Meringue Pie available.

The Laundry Tarts produce one of our very favourite and top selling  laundry soaps. Their laundry soap is a safe and natural way to wash cloth diapers and use for all of your other laundry needs!

The Laundry Tarts are also 10% off for the month of May 2013.

The Laundry Tarts New Scent Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie by The Laundry Tarts

April 2013′s Laundry Tarts scent is Lemon Meringue Pie

Every month, The Laundry Tarts will be producing a new limited edition scent. For April this month’s scent is Lemon Meringue Pie.

Jessy the creator of The Laundry Tarts describes the new scent as “Zingy lemons under a blanket of soft vanilla meringue.”

Lemon Meringue Pie will be available immediately for preorder in their amazing Laundry Detergent.

For those of you that don’t already know, The Laundry Tarts produce one of our very favourite and top selling  laundry soaps. Their laundry soap is a safe and natural way to wash cloth diapers and use for all of your other laundry needs!

Don’t miss out on this brand new scent, and get your preorder in asap as we expect to sell out quickly!

 

2012 Cloth Diaper Boxing Day Blowout Sale

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year.

With 2012, about to come to a close we’re getting ready to do inventory for our year end. Help us clear out some stock, so there’s less to count.

Up to 75% Off Select Cloth Diapers, and accessories.

Find out more on our Boxing Day Sales page.

New Product: Tumbler Tarts by The Laundry Tarts

Tumbler Tarts come boxed up in a 4 x 4 x 4 sized cardboard box.

Earlier today, The Laundry Tarts announced their newest product. Tumbler Tarts are custom designed wool dryer balls made by Nurtured Sew Naturally.

The Tumbler Tarts will be available in their Birthday Cake, Pina Colada & Key Lime Pie signature scents. Each wool dryer ball includes a scenting vial to scent 1 ball for up to 25 loads!

The unscented wool dryer balls will retail for $13.99, while the scented balls will retail for $15.99. The Laundry Tarts recommend using between 2 and 4 balls to improve drying time, and that no more than three scented balls should be used for cloth diapers. Wool Dryer Balls offer a natural alternative that can reduce static cling and improve drying efficiency by up to 45%.

Coming soon!

The Laundry Tarts Post Roundup

It’s no secret here at Nature Bumz, that we absolutely love natural laundry detergents and the sweet smell of The Laundry Tarts.

Are there other things you would love to know about The Laundry Tarts or other brands of natural detergent we carry? Why not comment here and let us know

Guest Post: Back to Basics by Jessy of The Laundry Tarts

Introducing our *GUEST BLOGGER* Jessy of The Laundry Tarts!

The Laundry Tarts Logo

To celebrate The Laundry Tart month of April, now coming to a close, she discusses why they use the ingredients they do in their detergent and how chemicals have become popular and changed the way laundry is done.

From ancient Babylonian and Roman texts, soap has been used to launder, clean and maintain basic hygienic practices for thousands of years; sought after by Kings and Queens, made from the finest oils and botanicals, soap has been the ultimate way to get clean. Since then, we’ve grown into body washes, liquids and other compounds that are marketing for cleaning but actually contain no soap ingredients at all! So, why after all these years have people steered away from soap?! Believe it or not, the war changed how we look at soap. After World War 2, many different detergent compounds were created due to the shortage of fatty acids for basic soap ingredients. Chemical compounds became a cheaper and faster way to include filler ingredients and replace the basic ingredients needed to make soap. It was more cost effective to manufacture using these chemicals and was readily available to use in hundreds of products from washing your dishes, house, body and clothes. The age of chemicals and convenience was born without thinking of the repercussions. In the 1970’s, it became apparent that the chemicals created in the war had negative, long term effects on the environment; sulphuric additives were showing to be hazardous to skin, phosphates were causing algae buds and destroying large areas of fresh water. Fish and other aquatic life were becoming hermaphroditic and communities of scientists began testing and questioning whether or not these chemicals were safe. The last approval on ingredients was in 1973, most additives and ingredients are still
being used in cosmetics and other body care and cleaning products. Europe leads the ban on phosphates and other potentially harmful ingredients, although in Canada and the USA-we have little to no testing or protection other than gathering information and basing our dollar on our decisions.

As convenient commercial products took to the shelf, natural products took to the sideline regardless of the immeasurable benefits to using them. Out went soap. In came chemicals.

Although the age of convenience made way for the age of customized products, it also gave consumers the idea that you can’t have natural products that are convenient. It seemed a step back. Especially with laundry detergent, commercial brands have made a brilliant and terrifying slurry of junk that contain bleaching agents, acidic stain removers, softeners, enzymes, sulfuric acid compounds, foaming agents, chemical fragrances and waxes that adhere to clothing and mask odors instead of removing them. In theory, this is a convenient mixture-stains or no stains, you throw in your clothes and they come out “clean” and “fresh” smelling. Sounds great-right?? Unfortunately, it’s not as good as it sounds. These chemicals are not only ending up in your blood stream as synthetic hormone disruptors, but are great cause for environmental concern. The acidity levels of these chemicals also deteriorate your clothing much faster and can cause mold and buildup issues with your washing machine and residues on your clothing. While long ago, soap was used with water to clean then wash away the dirt, these new chemicals stick to your clothing
along with bacteria, fragrance chemicals and acidic hormone disrupting agents. I miss soap.

Cleaning has indeed become a messy business and it shouldn’t be as complicated as it has become. You should be able to feel good about the products you choose to use in your household and use for your family. When we came up with The Laundry Tarts inc. formula, it was imperative that we use soap as our base for a great cleaning products. We wanted to bring soap back and give it a modern twist. Both Tanja and I being mothers and very picky about ingredients, we searched for the best of the best. We use a custom artisan made vegan soap with non-GMO ingredients and it is lovingly made in Canada. Although the recipe is anything but simple to make, the ingredients we use are a combination of natural, simple and effective food grade ingredients. We love this soap because it is incredibly mild on delicate skin and very tough on stains; SO tough in fact that we isolated it into a stain remover bar which has yielded amazing results. Tradesman, firefighters, plumbers, mechanics, gardeners, nurses, athletes, cloth diaper users and laundry mats all use our detergents and stain bars simply because it works and they love it too. Our ingredients set us apart because we’ve found a way to use old fashion ingredients for modern day spills, stains and dirties. When we can get an old stain out from your grandmothers vintage coat that you’ve re-claimed, a
coffee stain out of your business shirt or blouse, marker out from your white rug, your cloth diapers restored or your child’s blankie can look as good as new, we know we’ve made something that we can be proud of from going back to the basic and bringing it to you.

The Laundry Tarts Products

Today’s Niagara Mommy & Me Playgroup’s Mom 2 Mom Sale!

Today we had a great time at the Niagara Celebration Church Mom 2 Mom Sale!  We met a lot of moms 2 be, new moms, and many other families and had a great time sharing a little cloth diapering love from the Nature Bumz Co. Booth!

Mom 2 Mom Show display with Aden + Anais, Lafes bug repellent, Grandma El's and more

We also got to spread a little cloth 101 information to a lot of new moms, and families who were looking into cloth diapering.  A newer product we have just recently added but not yet put up on the site is Lafe’s Natural and Organic Baby Bug Repellent (perfect for the season coming up and safe to use on the littlest of those exposed).  In the picture above you can see some great Grandma El’s Diaper Rash prevention cream, The last of our Bebe Au Lait Nursing Covers, Potty Training Pants, Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddling blanket 4 packs, and our (finally re-stocked) Sheepish Grins Sensitive Skin Foaming Diaper Wipes Solution in a variety of YUMMY scents like Monkey Fruits, Bahama mamas, and more!

Among all the people we met, it was fun to have a few cloth 101 demonstrations to show families how easy it is to cloth diapers with modern cloth diapers.  Our little models as shown below featured some AppleCheek Cloth Diapers and Bummis Swim Diapers, proving that cloth is as versatile as it is functional and cute!

Cloth Diaper Models with AppleCheeks and Bummis

Brian from Nature Bumz Co. was having a little fun organizing the table in between visits, as we brought some of our products such as The Laundry Tarts, Sheepish Grins Bottom Balms, AppleCheek Cloth Diapers, and much more!  We even had a large bin filled with one-size diapers – Happy Heiny’s, GroVia, Fuzzibunz, Charlie Bananas, & the last of our Rumparooz.

Brian with Cloth Diaper Model in AppleCheeks

Some more great products we sell and how fast things went at our table!  We had some Shaker Bon Bon’s by The Laundry Tarts (our featured manufacturer for the month of April) – which made our table smell so sweet!  As well as some important teething solutions, such as Punkin Butt Teething Oil, Healing Amber Teething Necklaces, and Healing Hazel Hazelwood necklaces great for more than just teething – arthritis, migraines, drooling, eczema, and much more!  Bummis Swimmis, Charlie Banana Swim Diapers and Babylegs were also pretty popular items we also sell online.  Another favourite was the RLR Laundry Treatment which helps to strip your cloth diapers and keep your clothing pretty bright and The Laundry Tarts Sweet Spot Stain Removing Stick which is an excellent safe and natural way to remove stains.

Cloth Diaper products, RLR, and much more!

Our next job today and monday is to choose a winner from our ballot for a chance to win a free pair of babyleg legwarmers, swim diaper, and a mug with our logo on it.

Ballot to Win Babylegs and more

Nature Bumz Co. Cloth Diaper SHop Giveaway

A huge thank you to all of our fans, customers, and families who came to visit us and participate regularly on our facebook page etc. It is because of you that I am able to stay at home with my little bambino’s and create this fun and great cloth diapering and other natural/organic product parenting network!  Big changes happen because of people like you, we are the change we want to see in this world today!  Let’s make it a greener and safer place for our little one’s future.  Happy Cloth Diapering!