{Giveaway} Green Your Clean with Everything Mom & Baby

by Jessika Hepburn, Editor

green clean, green cleaning, eco nuts, soap nuts, natural laundry soap, cloth diapers, natural parenting

Oh this is fun-today I get to share two of my personal passions: natural cleaning & cloth diapering. Hold up! Before you go thinking I’m insane, cloth diapering is fantastic. No lie, it is probably one of the best choices I have ever made as a parent. First off it’s crazy cheap-like a $4000 dollar savings per child. Second, it’s crazy easy, just one load of laundry every other day. And third, it’s crazy cute (see exhibit A below of my favorite diapers):

green clean, green cleaning, eco nuts, soap nuts, natural laundry soap, cloth diapers, natural parentingBefore you ask yes, I roll my washcloths into flowers because it makes me happy-if I have to clean them I might as well enjoy it!

Of course there are other great reasons to cloth diaper like being kind to the planet & keeping chemicals away from your bebe, so I was all for it when our new advertiser Erica at Everything Mom and Baby suggested I review a box of Eco Nuts & offer you a giveaway for our Spring Cleaning theme. Eco Nuts aren’t just for cloth diapers but they are perfect for them and I am convinced they are genius of the highest order. You might not realize it but detergent is a cloth diapers worst enemy-oils and perfumes build up in the diaper and can make them smell and repel water. So I use the tiniest amount of detergent ever (like 1/2 a bottle of the detergent I use will last over a year) and wash my diapers without detergent regularly. Believe it or not but it isn’t really the soap that gets diapers (or clothes) clean it is hot water and agitation.

So Eco Nuts solve my having to fiddle with detergent or run extra wash cycles for my diapers I toss them all in, add my little cloth bag with two Eco Nuts in it and wash them as usual. I have been using them for a little while now and my diapers feel like new! They made something I thought was already easy, cloth diapering, even easier on my time and my budget.  Pretty amazing.

I have also been using them to wash all our other clothes and am loving that too, I just toss in an extra Eco Nut for heavier washes. And I want to try this recipe for making them into an all-purpose cleaner that can be used for everything apparently. Using one ingredient for a bunch of purposes always makes me happy, I’m all for keeping it simple.

What are they exactly? They aren’t actually nuts at all, Eco Nuts are dried fruit shells that come from the Soap Berry or Soap Nut Tree. They are not treated with any chemicals or processed. They contain “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.” Read more details over on the Eco Nuts website. They are also anti microbial which is pretty cool for cloth diapers and when using public laundry mats if you live in an apartment.

With all of us trying to stretch our budgets and keep our houses clean Eco Nuts are an earth friendly & easy option to keep costs down while keeping things clean. Love it!

Now it’s your turn:

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Enter to win a box of Eco Nuts 50/90 Load (50 Hot Washes/90 Cold) from Everything Mom and Baby

*Sorry friends but this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only!* UPDATE! This giveaway is now open to US residents too-hooray!

How to Enter:

Visit Everything Mom and Baby and let us know what items you like or brands you’d like to see.

Extra Entries (please leave a separate comment for each: 1 comment=1 entry)

*Bonus-ask me your cloth diapering questions and I’ll answer them below (don’t worry I won’t count my comments as entries)

This giveaway closes April 19th at midnight EST with the winner announced at the bottom of this post April 20th.

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This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to MoxieLisa with comment #10-be sure to let us know what you think of them!


68 comments

  1. Katy Emanuel says:

    What is the number of diapers your recommend for a newborn? We are looking at going the cloth diaper route, but trying to figure out how many we should get to start. Also is there any particular style that you like best for newborns especially ones that are more daddy friendly since my husband is not convinced cloth is the way to go.

    • Jessika says:

      Hi Katy! Great questions. Your newborn will actually need more diapers when they are very small then when they get older since their bellies are so small. As they get bigger you will have a longer amount of time between diaper changes. So the best number to have is 24-24 diapers will let you do one load of diapers every other day so you don’t have to wash them every day or run out. Plan to have 12 diapers a day on hand. It is usually best to buy them all at once and make a commitment to cloth diapering-it is a way cheaper investment then buying disposables! I love the AMP diapers (very very similar to apple cheeks but they came first!) and they fit newborns really well, also adjustable one size diapers like Fuzzibunz or Charlie Banana work well for small babies & they fit from birth until out of diapers: )

  2. MOXIELisa says:

    I don’t have any more babies at home but I am always on the lookout for natural cleaning products and the eco nuts look awesome. I also loved The Laundry Tarts…I think my 5 year old would love her clothes to smell like bubblegum.

  3. kate says:

    Id LOVE to try out the banana bottom diapers!! so many fun things on Everything mom and Baby– thank u!! 🙂 have been wanting to try soap nut for sooo log and with baby number 6 arriving in about 10weeks- what better time to save more moolah!?:)

  4. kate says:

    We have quite a bit of BUm G’s but with another baby on the way and two in diapers some of the bum G’s velcro are wearing thin–if you have had to replace, is this easy to do and where to buy replacing tabs/velcro?? thanks!! GREAT giveaway!!

    • Jessika says:

      It isn’t exactly easy to replace but it can be done, BG offers replacement kits for the velcro, they used to be free but I am not sure. You can ask the retailer you bought yours at and see if they have any of the kits. If you are handy with a sewing machine it’s not a huge job or you could hire a seamstress to make it all easier & it would save lots of time: )

  5. We have fuzzibunz and I do occasionally use disposables when we go away and don’t have access to a washing machine. I’ve noticed the last couple of times that when I switch back to cloth my son gets a sore/rash in the same spot on his inner thigh/groin area. Could it be a moisture issue and Is it time for a stripping of the diapers?

    • Jessika says:

      Yikes-vaseline is like a cloth diapers worst nightmare! At that point the only thing that is going to get it out is probably Dawn just the plain old dishsoap and a scrub brush. Scrub each diaper like mad & let them soak in hot water (if you have any Rocking Green detergent the soak them in that) then wash them 3-4 times at least in hot water no soap. In the future always use a disposable liner in your cloth diapers if you are using diaper creams. I recommend using an all natural diaper cream (everything mom and baby has some!) but vaseline is one that you don’t really want anywhere near your diapers since it is so hard to get out.

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