20 April 2007
gDiapers and Dishwasher Detergent
It's been a while since I've done diapers- almost 4 years. I don't miss them, but I don't plan on having those diapers 4 years ago be the last diapers we ever have to deal with.
Those were disposable diapers though. There were lots of reasons that I chose disposable, but the main one was that cloth diapers really are fairly nasty to deal with (this idea was reconfirmed in the baby house). I love the idea of cloth diapers, but washing them and dealing with the smells from them doesn't sound like fun. But I don't think I can justify disposables anymore.
Today I read about gDiapers. Basically they're a washable outer layer and a flushable inner layer. Perfect. You can even compost the inner layer if it's just wet. This sounds like the best of both worlds- easy clean-up without the smell, but environmentally friendly. After poking around on the internet (there are lots of reviews now, I'm late on this one since I don't have any children in diapers, so I haven't read about diapers in a long time, and these sure weren't around in 1999-), and the reviews are generally positive. The fit and some leaking are the biggest problems, which doesn't really concern me since you just have to find a diaper that works for you and, whether it's cloth or disposable or flushable. If they work, they work. You can't know till you try them. I've never met a diaper than didn't leak sometimes.
They are reasonably expensive, certainly more than basic cloth diapers, but they are similar in price to disposables. I plan to try these if we ever need diapers again.
And I tried several different kinds of better-for-the-environment dishwasher detergents- all the kinds I could find in my less-than-environmentally-conscious town. The Wave detergent was AWFUL. It left all sorts of residue on the dishes and created so many suds that the dishwasher actually quit working at times. Seventh Generation was much better, but I like Ecover best. I'll continue buying this one (and trying new ones I can find).
Has anyone tried any of these?