Losing Green to go Green… eh?
Cloth diapers save. right? They save money, trips to the store, diaper rashes, and undoubtedly trees, I’m sure.
Disposables also seem to save! They save time, laundry, energy (electrical as well as human kinetic energy), and space.
Okay… so which is right for you?
What I found in my experience of cloth diapering is that besides the planet… you’re really not saving that much. Yes, disposables cost lots over time… but I never realized how many accessories you need to fully run a cloth diaper only show.
-Laundry – an extra load at least every other day (4x/wk ave) $18/month
-Detergent (Yes, a special ‘non-residue leaving’ kind) $10/month
-Wet bags: ideally: two large for nursery (2 so one can be in use, 1 in wash) and two small for on the go (same philosophy for having two) $50 one time
-Diaper sprayer- to help rid the dipe of poop prior to washing $45 one time
-Diaper system: G+liner+insert, BG+insert, Prefold+snappi+cover, etc Lets round to $15/diaper, needing about 12 at least… $180 one time
Totally $275 + $28/month
Disposables – they can be as much as 30c/diaper… but does anyone actually pay that? With coupons and deals I’m usually around 22c/ diaper.
6 dipes/day for 30 days… 180 dipes at 22c each = $40/month (this rings true with our monthly diaper costs)
So… $40 – $28 = $12 saving per month with cloth. But wait… that $275 sits heavy on my checkbook! How many months would it take to recoop that initial cost? $275 / $12 = 22 months
This may not be how it breaks down for you though! If you are already using a ‘free and clear’ detergent, don’t care for a diaper sprayer it may pan out differently… just some poop for thought!