Review: The Honest Company Diaper Bundle

Time for a shout out to my new favorite company, The Honest Company. You know, the company my friend Jessica Alba started up?

Well, we’re not really friends, but I have a feeling that if I were a rich, famous person living in LA, I would see Jessica Alba at a yoga class and we just might have a nice little conversation after a deep pigeon pose stretch. We might even go for a smoothie afterward. I just don’t know.

I came across The Honest Co. when I finally threw in the towel on cloth diapers with my second child. I know, hypocrite, I have raved about my love for cloth diapers on this very blog. I am still a huge fan of cloth diapers and I am not giving up entirely, but for now I needed a different option. I was having the hardest time keeping up with the laundry because my little diva is the lightest.sleeper.ever and her room happens to share a wall with the laundry room so I can only do laundry when she is awake. Major laundry back up.

So I started looking into other options that were still earth friendly and affordable. I just can’t live with the fact that a regular disposable diaper can take up to 500 years to decompose. Yikes!

Honest Co. has an amazing disposable diaper that is plant-based (made from corn and wheat), has no chemicals and is naturally biodegradable. You can buy them in individual packages or they have a convenient monthly membership that includes both diapers and wipes.  I love that you can tweak the delivery schedule however you want, and you only pay when delivered. So even if you ship every six weeks, you still get the monthly membership discount price.

Win win right?

And the best part? They come in ADORABLE prints.

I know. Seriously.

It kind of makes changing a dirty diaper easier. Kind of…

You will pay a little more for these diapers than regular disposable diapers, I have figured we spend about $20 more per month.
To me it’s worth it.

So, even if you are a loyal cloth diaper user, these are a great alternative for travel or even those first few months when it can be hard to get in the groove of using cloth. And if you can’t fathom using cloth, this is the perfect alternative!

Here is my little one sporting her adorbs diaper:

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FYI – Trying to take a tushie photo of a busy 1-year-old is like trying to catch a chicken.

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Natural Fruit Fly Trap

ImageThis is not an incredibly interesting post but hopefully a useful one. For some reason every year at this time our kitchen becomes inundated with fruit flies. Can’t stand the little buggers.

I found this easy homemade trap over at Passionate Homemaking and tried it out this weekend. My husband was just staring at it for the longest time trying to figure out what I’m up to now.

It’s very simple. You take a jar, I used a quart mason jar, and put a piece of fruit and some apple cider vinegar in the bottom. Then roll up a piece of paper to make a little cone and put that in the jar. Apparently the little pests aren’t smart enough to fly out of the cone so once they go after the bait, they are trapped. After you’ve caught them, just put the jar in the fridge for a bit and they will drift off to fruit fly heaven…or something like that. Easy!

All natural cleaning scrub recipe

This is one of the easiest cleaning recipes but one of my favorites. If you’ve made my homemade laundry soap, you should have Borax and baking soda around. The recipe is simple: 2 parts Borax to 1 part baking soda. (If you don’t have the items already, Borax can be found in the laundry aisle at most grocery stores.)

First, take a large nail and a hammer, and punch holes in the top of your mason jar. This will be your container for your scrub.

Then mix your Borax and baking soda together and a bada bing!

Use in showers, tubs, sinks and tile for a simple, non-toxic and non-abrasive cleaner. You can also sprinkle in your garbage disposal and drain, let stand for 15 minutes and rinse to clean and deodorize.

DIY Laundry Soap Recipe

Making your own laundry soap is SO incredibly easy. I was sold at the first use. AND, it’s way cheaper than the store brand variety.

I have tried a few recipes and this one is my favorite. Funny story about the Fels Naptha. When my sisters and I were little, my mom would threaten to wash our mouth out with the yellow bar of soap if we used bad language. I only remember this happening once to me, and I think it was more of a two second bite than an actual washing…but still.

DIY Laundry Soap Recipe
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Oxiclean
1 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap bar

(Both the Washing Soda and the Fels Naptha soap can be found in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets.)

1. Combine the Borax, washing soda, baking soda and oxiclean in a big bowl and mix together

2. Grate the bar of soap using a cheese grater. It actually looks quite like cheddar cheese.

3. I use my blender to mix the soap with the other ingredients and break down the soap into smaller pieces. Put about half of the white mixture into your blender and half of the shredded soap so you don’t overload your blender. If you run it too long, I have found that the motor will heat up and some of the soap will melt and get stuck in the blade. So put it on the pulse setting and give it a few short pulses. You can also use a food processor if you prefer. Do the same to the second batch.

That’s it, you’re already done! See, not so hard after all. And doesn’t your kitchen smell heavenly now??

Use a funnel to put the soap into your container of choice. I use a large mason jar and put a cute label on it. Head on over to Limeshot Design for the free and adorable mason jar labels I used.

And the savings! This recipe will make approximately four cups of detergent. You only need to use 1-2 Tablespoons a load. So that gives you 32 regular loads or 16 large or heavily soiled loads. At just under $3 a jar for all the supplies, that makes for more money for things funner than laundry soap. (Yes, I know funner isn’t a word but it makes me laugh.)

One more thing – this formula is perfectly safe for HE machines because it is low sudsing.

What you need to know about cloth diapers

I know. The whole cloth diaper thing causes most of us to wrinkle up our nose. More laundry, stinky poopy laundry. I get it. I really do. That’s what I used to think before I learned more about them.

Here’s the deal – I will preface this post saying if you have no interest in cloth diapering, DO NOT DO IT. Being a parent keeps us busy enough and the last thing you need is someone trying to convince you that will be a better parent if you do cloth diapers. You won’t. But, if you are even the slightest bit curious, keep reading. I made the switch from disposables to cloth after educating myself, and they work wonderfully for us.

I get the same questions over and over again from people about cloth diapers. Let’s get straight to the point, what you all are really wondering:

So people really wash dirty diapers at home, in their washers, where they wash all of their other clothes?

Yes.

Here’s how it works. Diapers from an exclusively breastfeed baby can go right in the wash. Breastmilk is water soluble. It’s that runny, watery poop and it washes right out.

Fomula fed babies and older babies (on solid food) will have poop that is a firmer consistency. No, you don’t dump a whole dookie into your washer and call it good. For these kind of stools, you remove it prior to washing. Most people simply dump what they can of the poop into the toilet. They also make a diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet that you can use to spray off the majority of the poop. Yes there will still be a tad bit of poop going into your washer but if you are washing them correctly this won’t be a problem. On a side note – we all should be dumping the poop into the toilet, disposables or cloth diaperers. Human feces aren’t supposed to end up in the landfills. Think about it. Ewwwww.

So how do they really get clean then and is there leftover poopy water in my washer?

There is a ton of info out there about how to wash your diapers and different machines will require a different approach. Basic rules are:

  • wash diapers seperately from your other laundry (duh)
  • do a cold wash first
  • do a second wash in hot with lots of water and detergent
  • do a second rinse
  • line or tumble dry

A lot of people, myself included, have had the best luck using Tide. There is something about the enzymes in Tide that really get the diapers clean. Every time.

Is there leftover poopy water in the washer? I really don’t know. But I consider myself a reasonably intelligent gal and if the diapers come out clean, wouldn’t the washer be clean too? And if you have experienced the wonderful world of potty training, it’s certainly not the first time your washer will see poop. I have a front loader and once a month I do the bleach cycle to clean the washer and avoid getting the horrid musty smell.

Can I really save money? Is this worth all the trouble?

Yes. You can really save money. A lot of it! There is a wide range of cloth diapers out there, and you certainly can spend a lot, but there are also lots of very reasonable choices.

According to Consumer Reports, you can expect to spend around $2,500 on diapers per child until they are potty trained. I can think of a lot of other shoes things I would rather spend my money on. Cloth diapering is generally much less expensive. I would say we have invested around $500 dollars for the diapers I have used on both my children. And I honestly didn’t notice a change in our gas or electric bill from a few extra loads of laundry.

How are they better for the environment? You are still using energy and water to wash them.

It has been estimated that one baby in disposable diapers will contribute one ton of waste through their years in diapers. A TON. That is a lot of waste. And waste that will be around for a long time considering that it can take up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. 500 hundred years, so at least six generations…WOW.

By choosing reusable diapers, you are using a renewable resource, including water and electricity. It just makes more sense to me.

There is a lot to learn about cloth diapering. But please know that if you are interested, it is do-able! Even if you do it part-time, or just when you are home, or even just when you feel like it, you are still doing something great for your baby and the environment, and your budget. And if you don’t, that’s okay too.

For more info on cloth diapers check out Cotton Babies or Abby’s Lane. They have great FAQ’s and easy ways to get started.