The Happy Housewife has a very cool cloth vs disposable post with a chart showing how much money you can save if you cloth diaper your baby!!
I love it! I loved my cloth diapers, especially when I didn't have to use the pins.
I saved even more mulah than what is shown on the chart, because I used even cheaper diapers, and less of them. I had a pack of twelve of the Kushies, bought on Ebay (brand new) for $30. The rest of the time, I used the prefolds and plastic pants :) Veeerrrrry cheap.
Nowadays you can buy even better cooler diapers on the internet for just as cheap. My sil Karen recently did. I was SO THRILLED when Karen told me she was interested in cloth diapering. I can't wait to see her babies little plushy bottom in his cloth diapies :) hehe
I did cloth with all my kids, but never exclusively. Meaning I ended up buying disposables with all of them. But most of the time I did cloth. And I could see a big difference money-wise.
For the washing, I usually used vinegar and baking soda. (Baking soda in the rinse cycle is nice too.) Even cheaper!! :)
And hang them to dry, and guess what? EVEN CHEAPER!! :) haha
It is not nearly as much trouble as people think, either. I never was one to rinse things out before washing. I always just had a pail of water with baking soda (sometimes detergent) that I threw my dirty diapers into. Then I would dump it all into the washer. When the poops became solid I would dump it in the toilet first, before throwing the diaper into the pail.
Easy peasy ;)
And as for being more laundry. Uhhh. I do about a ton of laundry every day anyway. I never noticed a difference!! LOL
Anyhow. I just had to do this post, because I enjoyed my cloth diapers so much (esp. the last time around when it was so easy) and I am glad Toni-The Happy Housewife is thinking of trying it out. I am still very excited about my sil trying them out too! She totally surprised me with it :) :) :)
It is a fabulous way to cut down on your trash too!!!! :)
YAY FOR CLOTH DIAPERS!!
(I know, I am goofy, sorry! LOL)