Merry Fluffy Christmas GRAND PRIZE Packages Announcement! #FluffyXmas

The Merry Fluffy Christmas starts in just two weeks! This will be a huge cloth diapering event, so please come back and check out all the amazing prizes on each of the 45 different participating blogs!

I’m still seeking sponsors for the designated giveaway held on this blog for the event, so if you make and/or sell cloth diapers (or CD accessories), please email me at emegburg@mylifeaworkinprogress.com. Thanks! -Elisebet¬†

This year, we have decided to do something a bit different and have two HUGE Grand
Prize package
s,¬†on¬†both¬†of¬†the¬†host¬†blogs,¬†And¬†Then¬†There¬†Were¬†5¬†and¬†Mommy’s¬†Favorite¬†Things!¬†Here¬†is¬†the¬†first
peek at what will be offered during the event!

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The Grand Prize Package on And Then There Were 5… contains amazing
products from these incredible companies:

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The¬†Grand¬†Prize¬†Package¬†on¬†Mommy’s¬†Favorite¬†Things¬†includes¬†some¬†more
amazing brands and products as well:

      • KRaz¬†Couture¬†(Starter¬†kit,¬†Diaper¬†of¬†choice,¬†wipes,¬†lovey,¬†wet¬†bag¬†and¬†$15
        certificate) $78
      • Imagine¬†(fitted,¬†cover¬†and¬†wet/dry¬†bag)¬†$47
      • Bummis¬†(OS¬†Cover,¬†6
        prefolds and Biosoft liners) $40.95­$52.95
      • Rarpz¬†(2¬†Boo!¬†Nappies)¬†$66
      • Gone¬†Green¬†Mama¬†(2¬†Hybrid¬†Fitteds¬†of¬†choice)¬†$60¬≠$70
      • Moraki¬†(Frosty¬†and
        Christmas Tree Diapers) $66
      • Fancy¬†Cloth
        (Diaper, Bum Balm, Cloth Wipes) $50
Are you excited yet?!

Come back on December 1st to enter to win these amazing prizes
and SO many more!

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Giveaway Hop: #FreshFluff – win a Smitten fitted cloth diaper and Econobum diaper cover

Welcome to the Fresh Fluff Cloth Diaper Laundry Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Median Mommy, Zephyr Hill and Our Piece of Earth. More than 30 blogs have teamed up to bring you some great cloth diaper and cloth diaper laundry giveaways in this hop! We’re offering you a little diaper laundry assistance with an amazing grand prize, valued at over $220!

So, what is the #FreshFluff grand prize? One fortunate reader will win this incredible cloth diaper laundry package:

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors for this amazing grand prize package:

Take advantage of these exclusive offers from some of our sponsors:
  • Irresistibly Green¬†– natural products for eco-conscious families, from cloth diapers to skin care and reusable snack bags. ¬†All orders over $20 ship free every day! ¬†Irresistibly Green is offering readers 10% off, now through 10/20/13, with the coupon code: MEDIAN10.
  • Nicki’s Diapers – your one-stop cloth diaper/babywearing/breastfeeding store! ¬†Nicki’s Diapers offers free shipping on orders over $75 and a free gift on orders over $100. ¬†Nicki’s is offering readers 5% off of their order through 12/1/13, with the code: ¬†FRESHFLUFF
My Life: A Work in Progress Giveaway

Here on My Life: A Work in Progress, one reader will win a Smitten fitted cloth diaper by Rearz in size small or medium (your choice) AND¬†an (affiliate link>)¬†Econobum one-size diaper cover. That’s a total value of $23.

Smitten fitted cloth diapers are made with soft, absorbent velour cotton and certified organic dyes. The pocket opening and tongue design allows for faster drying time, and gives you a designated spot for a night time booster. These diapers are available with snaps or oversized velcro closures. Smitten fitted diapers can be purchased in four sizes: small (7-15lbs), medium (14-28lbs), large (29-40lbs), and extra large (40+lbs). Read my review HERE.

Purchase a five pack of Smitten fitted cloth diapers for just $69.99. Keep scrolling for your chance to win one!

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If you agree to the terms and conditions listed directly below, scroll down to the Giveaway Tools widget and enter the giveaway. Once you’ve done that, don’t forget to check the linky at the very bottom of this post! You can visit all the other awesome blogs participating and enter their giveaways too. Don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize over at Median Mommy (also linked below).

Terms & Conditions: Sweepstakes open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Must be 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. Two entrants allowed per household. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received. If a Canadian resident is selected as the winner (via Random.org), he or she must answer a skills question correctly before being declared the official winner. Once winner has been selected and emailed, winner will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be selected. Winner’s first name and last initial will be posted on this blog and other social media and Web sites. My Life: A Work in Progress is not responsible for Smitten cloth diaper prize fulfillment. My Life: A Work in Progress is responsible for Econobum diaper cover prize fulfillment. Entrance into the sweepstakes indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.


Note: My Life: A Work in Progress was not compensated for this post. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook or any other social media platform. Affiliate links are present and marked as such.
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My Cloth Diaper Laundry Routine

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How to wash cloth diapers

When I first started cloth diapering, I thought the most difficult part of cloth diapering was figuring out the right laundry routine. If you start researching online or talking to people, you’ll find a myriad of different ways to launder your cloth diapers. Initially, I found it all overwhelming. As time has passed, I’ve realized it’s really not that difficult. It’s not something to get intimidated by, at least. Try a few different things out. You’ll figure out what works for you!

Before you even start washing your diapers, you need to decide how you’ll store the dirty diapers and get them to the wash. Some parents use a wet bag, but most wet bags can’t stand on their own. You’ll have to hang it or let it flop around until there are enough dirty diapers in it to hold it up. You could use a pail specifically designed for cloth diapers like this Cloth Diaper Pail¬†with filters. I use a trash can from Walmart with a pail liner inside. I rotate through two pail liners I bought from Diaper Junction: one by Planetwise and one by Rump-A-Rooz.¬†They’re both great pail liners.

If you’re going to use a pail, determine whether you’ll use a dry pail or wet pail method. I use a dry pail, because I was concerned about a drowning hazard. Also, I’m really clutzy, and I could totally see myself dumping over a wet pail filled with gross poop water.

You can buy pail deodorizers to keep the smell down or make your own. Other parents sprinkle baking soda in the pail or wet bag. If you do this, make sure you sprinkle it on the bottom of the pail or bag before you start adding dirty diapers. Some diaper manufacturers recommend that you sprinkle baking soda directly on their diapers, but just check with the manufacturers first. Baking soda directly on a diaper could damage the fabric.

I spray all poopy diapers with Biokleen Bac-Out¬†before I toss them in the diaper pail. This does a good job of eliminating smells. It also eliminates at least half the stains. Since Bac-Out uses enzymes, using it will void certain diaper warranties, so do your research beforehand. I haven’t had any issues with it though. I’ve been spraying Bac-Out on natural fiber diapers regularly for over a year, and there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the fabric.

Decide on a detergent. I’ve used a few different detergents: Rockin’ Green, All Free & Clear, Tide Original Powder, Ruby Moon, and a couple of “natural” liquid detergent samples I received in my monthly Conscious Box. My favorite -hands down- has been Tide Original Powder. It’s kept my diapers smelling clean, and I’ve never had repelling issues. Make sure the detergent you choose doesn’t void your cloth diaper warranty. I was thrilled when Padded Tush Stats released last week that they recommend Tide Powder Ultra, Original Scent. My decision has been validated by the experts! =D

Once a month, I use RLR Laundry Treatment in the wash. At the beginning of the wash cycle, I open the RLR packet and dump the powder along with detergent straight on my laundry. The RLR brightens laundry and also helps with any stink, repelling, or build-up issues that my diapers may have. If you’re planning on cloth diapering, I recommend stocking up on a few packets of RLR.
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My wash routine normally looks like this:

  1. Rinse diapers on warm.
  2. Wash on warm.
  3. Extra rinse on warm.

I usually wash every two to three days and set the machine’s water level to maximum. Once a week I wash on hot to make sure the diapers get really clean and any bacteria has been killed. I don’t wash on hot every time, though, because hot water wears down fabric, especially PUL.

My dry routine normally looks like this:

  1. Line dry all diaper covers.
  2. Dry all other diapers, inserts, doublers, wet bags, and pail liners on low heat in dryer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove pocket diapers sans inserts from dryer and finish drying on line.
  4. Continue drying everything else in dryer on high.

If you live in a dry climate, you may be able to dry everything outside in the sun. In the area where we currently live, I can’t do that, unfortunately. It’s too humid. I’ve had mildew start growing on diapers and inserts that I’ve line dried. I do recommend drying the pocket diapers and covers in the sun whenever possible, with the insides facing the rays. The sun naturally fades stains, and it kills bacteria! If it’s raining outside, I hang the pockets and covers on a drying rack under an A/C or heat unit inside our home.

Dryer balls are a great thing to add to your diapers in the dryer. Although I’ve read conflicting reports on whether or not dryer balls reduce drying time, in my opinion they do soften diapers and reduce static electricity.

And that’s my regular routine! How about you? Do you cloth diaper? What’s your routine?

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