We are always looking for ways to save money and get the best bargains on any purchases we make. In this post I am going to share with you some great ways to save on cloth diapers. With these tips you’ll be able to build your cloth diaper stash at a fraction of the cost of retail prices.
Buy Used Cloth Diapers And Save!
One of the most obvious ways to cut costs on cloth diapers is to purchase them used. Now, this isn’t for everyone. Some people are grossed out by this, and some people have genuine concerns about the safety of using 2nd hand diapers, but for those of you who are considering this option, let’s go over a few things.
How much will I save by purchasing used cloth diapers?
Your savings will of course vary based upon the condition of the diapers, as well as the seller. At what price will the seller be willing to part with their precious cloth diaper stash? Some limited edition prints and hard to find diapers will resell at a higher price.
Generally, you can expect to save somewhere in the ballpark of 25% to 50% off of retail value, sometimes more, when purchasing used cloth diapers.
If you are buying the diapers from an online retailer you will likely pay a higher price, however these diapers tend to be in very good condition and you’ll also have the added convenience of getting the diapers shipped directly to your home, and having professional customer service.
If you buy used diapers from places such as Craigslist, buy/sell/trade groups, or other similar outlets, then you can expect to get better discounts, however there is a hassle factor to consider such as haggling prices, making arrangements to meet the seller somewhere, and possibly being unsure of the quality of the diapers you will receive.
Where can I purchase used cloth diapers?
Here are some great places that you can find used cloth diapers:
- Online retailers: Jillian’s Drawers, Cloth Diaper Trader, Nicki’s Diapers, cottonbabies
- Buy/Sell/Trade Groups
- Cloth Diaper Facebook Groups
- Garage Sales
- Thrift Stores
How to properly sanitize/disinfect used cloth diapers.
Use Bleach To Sanitize Cloth Diapers
The best way to sanitize/disinfect cloth diapers is to treat them with bleach. For the naturally minded mommies reading this, I am cringing along with you. There are alternatives, but this is one instance where I personally am inclined to use the harsh chemical method, and then RINSE, RINSE, RINSE.
When you get your used cloth diapers, go ahead and do a regular detergent wash cycle to get them clean.
The next step is to get your washing machine full of water and add the bleach. For a medium capacity machine use 1/2 cup of bleach, for larger capacity machines use 3/4 cup of bleach. Once you have your washing machine full of diluted bleach water, add the diapers in. Soak them in the bleach solution for at least 30 minutes.
You can also do this bleach soak in your bathtub. Fill your bathtub half-full and use 1/2 cup of bleach. Again, make sure you get the bleach diluted into the water before you add in the diapers.
After you soak the diapers, run them through the washing machine on a HOT rinse. Continue to run rinse cycles until there is no longer a strong bleach smell.
After using this method the diapers will be thoroughly sanitized.
Alternative Way To Sanitizing Cloth Diapers: Hydrogen Peroxide & Borax
Fill washing machine full or bathtub half-full, then add 4 cups of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of Borax. Add diapers to this solution and soak for at least 30 minutes. After soaking the diapers, rinse them in the washing machine.
Find Cloth Diapers On Sale
The next way that you can save money on cloth diapers is to buy them on sale. If you are building a budget friendly stash, then don’t concede to paying full retail price. There are always sales going on. Shop around and make sure to look for sign up discounts, coupon codes, and clearance items.
Go to your favorite online retailer’s websites and sign up for their e-mail lists, that way you’ll be notified of any sales or promotions they have going on. Follow them on social media as well. You have to be intentional about finding sales, rather than just hoping there will be one going on whenever you do decide to purchase your stash.
Take this example of a recent haul I purchased. I found a flash sale going on where a retailer was offering 50% off because they were retiring some prints. They had All-In-One cloth diapers on sale for $6.98 per diaper! So, for those of you who have always wanted an AIO stash, but couldn’t justify the cost, there are affordable options!
I wish I would have known about these deals when I was expecting my first child. I would have chosen AIOs over prefolds and covers, had I realized how inexpensive a stash could be when purchased on sale. If someone had purchased an entire stash (3 dozen diapers) during this flash sale, it would have only cost $251.28! To put that in perspective, I spent more than that on my prefolds and covers diapering system.
You can save big money and still get brand new diapers simply by purchasing retired prints.
If you are interested in seeing the haul I purchased during this flash sale, you can check out the video I made here.
Buy “Seconds” And Save On Cloth Diapers
If you’ve never heard of seconds, basically these are just diapers that have been marked down because of some small imperfection that was made during the manufacturing process. Seconds are NOT pre-used diapers. They are brand new totally functional cloth diapers that are being sold at a discount because of some minor flaw.
It might be an imperfection in the fabric, a stitching issue, a smudge of dirt or some other little thing. Second quality products should still be perfectly usable. Actually, a lot of people will get their seconds and have a hard time figuring out exactly what the imperfection is.
You can expect to save around 25% or more when purchasing seconds. By the way, diapers are not the only products sold as seconds. You can find deals on diaper covers, wet bags, blankets, pail liners and more.
Make sure you shop around for all of these different kinds of bargains before you pay full retail price because chances are you can save!