I am a cloth-diapering mama. Not because I’m a drippy hippie silly; it’s because I’m thrifty! I use BumGenius and FuzziBunz because I want babysitters and husbands to change diapers too. Both of those brands are almost as easy as disposables.
Since I already owned a set of cloth, I brought them with me to Germany. I think most things through, however this one just jumped off the list and ran away. How in the world am I going to find the right detergent? Well, really, just how in Germany am I going to find it? And hello, no one owns a top-loading washer here.
Seven years ago, I lived in Russia. I think it totally ruined my idea of living in Europe. You couldn’t get much there that was remotely American and what you could get was terribly expensive and exhaustingly hard to find. Miraculously, the first day, I found Ecover! Hurrah! However, figuring out the front-loading issue was not so simple.
I armed myself with some tips from Americans with front-loaders and my trusty dictionary. I programmed what I thought was a cold cycle with pre-wash and extra rinse. No angry beeps so I guess this is a good thing. After that cycle ended (almost 1 1/2 hours later…), I pushed the buttons for a super hot cycle with pre-wash and extra rinse. I saw a button for “stain.” Ah, this should be good for stinky dirty nappies. Apparently not – only angry beeping and flashing German error messages. Okay, forget the stain thingamajiggit. How about super extra licious fast spinning to get all the water out before hang drying? Also verboten!
After almost four hours of soaking, washing, spinning, I had clean dipes. Yes, that’s FOUR hours PER load. Looks like I’ll be hanging out in the laundry basement. Do you think they’d mind if I left some toys down there? Snacks?
What’s your biggest laundry challenge? How often do you have to do laundry each week?