*having a layer of PUL fabric helps protect against leaks (PUL is damaged by heat so hang to dry)
*having a layer of fleece between little bottoms and the "soaker" keeps baby dry and helps to prevent rashes...we have had none!
*fabric softeners build up on diapers and contribute to leaks
Click here to see my post on making homemade cloth diapers.
We used to spend $80-$100 each month diapering two babies. After an initial investment of about $150, we now spend about $10 a month for liners and wipes. After cloth diapering for five months now, I have saved $200-$300 and will save an additional $70-$90 each month! (Making my own diapers at about $4 per diaper really helped to keep this start up cost low.)
Homemade Detergent: Making my own detergent costs me between $2-$4 and will last five to six months. I used to buy a "free and clear" detergent and would spend $15-$20 each month.
I make a new "batch" that takes about 30-45 minutes every few months and store it in a 5 gallon bucket (with lid) in my garage.
There are tons of recipes out there but I used this one because it uses very little Borax which is abrasive and can damage the PUL in my cloth diapers. I plan to experiment with soaps other than "Fels Naptha" and Borax because my research on these show that it contains ingredients that I would rather do without.
Coupons: I don't coupon...but it can save tons. I used "couponsense" until the birth of my fourth baby and then I actually had more money than time...haha. So, I gave up couponing for a season. But, I fully intend to get back to it in a few years when I have the time to do so.
Homemade baby food: Making your own baby food can save SO much money over the months that babies require purees. I start my babies on veggies and fruits around 10 months of age. About once a month, I will spend a couple of hours making baby food. Baby food can cost in excess of $.50 per jar but I can make it for about $.10-.15 per jar. So, if baby eats two jars three times a day...the savings really add up. I save $60+ each month for a couple of hours of work.
This too has a start up cost because you will need some type of blender (I use a hand blender.) and you will need small containers to store the purees.