Cloth Diapering in an Apartment
If you live in an apartment complex, that doesn’t mean you can’t cloth diaper. I’m not trying to force your hand or make you into some cloth diapering martyr. So if you don’t want to cloth diaper while living in an apartment complex, you won’t feel me looking down on you.
If you DO want to cloth diaper while living in an apartment complex though, I can help.
You can always use a diaper service. Check in your phone book to see if there’s one in your area. If there doesn’t seem to be, don’t stress. They might just not be in the phone book. Locally, I know a woman who offers a diaper service as a part of her daycare. Jen Dunkle, owner of What Do You See Childcare, doesn’t advertise her service, but a little asking around in my area, would result in discovering this valuable service. If you have a FaceBook account, a simple post on your wall should overturn some rocks that may be hiding a fantastic service like this one in your area.
Problem: Your Landlord Won’t Turn the Hot Water Temperature Up.
Legally, he can’t. Hot water isn’t the only way to kill germs though. Several drops of the right Oil of Oregano in you washing machine will kill germs just fine. (Be sure not to think that just because you can do this with Oil of Oregano that you can do this with Tea Tree Oil. TTO cannot be over diluted, like it would be in the wash. If it is, it creates a resistant staph that could cause infections. If you previously were told to use TTO in your wash, stop immediately. I explain more in a previous blog.)
Problem: There’s No Washing Machine at Your Apartment Complex
I know lots of people that just get four to five days worth of cloth and they wash them at their parent’s house or at the laundry mat. It may seem like a huge investment, but if you want to do cloth, this shouldn’t be a huge concern. In this situation, you will want to stick with one of the modern styles of cloth, like Tot Bots or Fuzzi Bunz for example, that use a dry pail method of waiting to be washed. Pre-folds would make this job highly inconvenient, and you’d basically have to be a cloth diapering saint to pull off dealing with a wet pail method if you don’t have a washer in your apartment.
If you live in an apartment that does not have a washing machine inside of it, you can still cloth diaper if you really want to. If you have any other problems and you’re looking for a solution, please join us on Facebook!