Eco Nuts Review

Since beginning to cloth diaper, I have entered into a whole community of CD lingo and knowledge. It’s a fun circle to be in. One of the highly debated topics among CD mama’s is how to clean your diapers.
Some say any Free and Clear detergent will work, others swear by their own homemade powders, while still others debate about specific ingedients such as borax.
For me, I began with All Free and Clear. It worked fine until I realized I was using way too much detergent and I was having to strip my diapers more often than is typical.
I then switched to Seventh Generation. It was better but I felt like I was still having build up issues despite using such a small amount of soap.
Next I tried Rocking Green. This soap is well known in the CD community. It’s eco friendly, smells nice and has done a good job of keeping my diapers clean.
The problem I find with RG is that it doesn’t seem to last near as long as it claims to, and is a bit pricey for how quickly it goes in my house.
Classic Rock is about $15 a bag not including shipping. It does around 52 loads, but on average has done about 35-40 in my house. I like the product and will likely continue to use it, but I stumbled upon soap nuts and haven’t really looked back since.

What is a Soap Nut?It is a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces a soap. The soap is called saponin, a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away.
Eco Nuts are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil. They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth. Our soap nuts are both de-seeded and sterilized for consumer protection – the only soap nuts on the market that are both!

How Do They Work?

My Review:
I purchased their large size box of Eco Nuts for $30- It does 360 loads!! (To get that many loads with Rocking Green I would need to spend at least $105- not including tax and based on their 52 load claim)
The box itself has a sour, earthy smell which was a bit offputting at first. But nuts themselves didn’t seem to smell and my laundry was fresh as well.
The box is small, taking up only a very small amount of space which was nice (my large 52 load All Free and Clear was HUGE and took up all the counter space!).

To test the nuts, I first washed a load like normal. So far so good. Then I washed a shirt that had some paint splatter from work- soap nuts got the stains out no problem!
The real test came with my diapers. They came out fresh, clean and free of build up. I’m totally sold.

One advantage to the size large box is that it comes with three bags for soap nuts. The first load I did I couldn’t find the little bag! I tried to dig through all my laundry so I could remove it before I put the clothing in the dryer, but I couldn’t find it at all. Digging through all those wet clothes was a pain and I didn’t want the nuts to get ruined in the dryer.
BUT- the nuts can go in the dryer just fine and still be used- up to 10 times! So I just tossed them in and got another bag out for my next load.

I would recommend this product to any eco–conscious mama, but especially those that cloth diaper. It’s a great product and I am excited to keep putting it to the test!

*I have not been compensated or paid in any way to write this review. I just enjoy reviewing awesome products that make my life easier 🙂

Ragababe Diaper Review

I recently discovered Ragababe- They practically have a cult following so I wanted to see what all the fuss is about.
Their diapers are quite pricey and difficult to get. If you follow them on Facebook, they will update for their newest diapers- giving a time and date to order. Then you go to their website at the designated time and *try* to refresh the page a million times to get one in your cart.

With that being said, I was still able to get one and it was a bit of a thrill when I did.
The diapers come in different sizes and styles, with their signature star at the belly. The diaper I selected is an organic, size medium, AIO with a liner and velcro closures. (a href=”http://www.ragababe.com/Prints_Collection.html”>Prints here). It’s my only velcro dipe, but I like it! The velcro is tight and super sticky. The fit was perfect.
I really put its performance to the test- first time use, over night. lol I know, crazy…but what the heck, right? It was a champ and held up all night long.
This is hands down my new favorite diaper and I will definitely look into trying to get a few more.

You can purchase ragababe at:http://www.ragababe.com/

CoverBum Review


Just what I needed to pick myself up! 🙂 Last night we got our CoverBum OS in the mail! I was super excited to try it, and hopeful that I would live up to my expectations. I was so excited I prepped it before bedtime and got it fitted before bed. Eli wore it to bed last night- the ultimate test! He slept from 9:30-8am and woke up DRY! That’s a win in my book. The elastic around the legs and waist was snug but didn’t leave lines on his skin at all.
I love how customizable they are- this diaper can be shrunk down smaller than any of my others right now. It has 4 rise levels and little man is on the smallest snap. 🙂
The waist band is able to overlap and has 2 rows of snaps- easy for daddy to use!
The PUL is precious!!! It’s minky and soft on top of having an adorable print. The pocket inside has openings at the top and bottom, with a snap to hold it in place and flaps to close it off once inserted.
My favorite feature: the inner gusset!! Holds everything in!
These diapers are affordable, adorable and support a WAHM. I will definitely be ordering more in the future.
Go check out her website CoverBum!
EDIT: I recently purchased some Alva brand diapers- if you have ever used that brand, Cover Bum is nearly exactly the same. Both perform quite well and he is still enjoying his camo diaper today. 🙂