Cloth Diapering on a Budget: Series Recap and Accessories on a Budget

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We've done it.  We've delved deep into the subject of Cloth Diapering on a Budget and came out the other side totally refreshed and knowledgable that you can cloth diaper on a steep budget – even right at $100!


So far, we've covered:


DIY Reusable Diaper Liners

While closing up this series, I want to address a couple of things that I thought of that haven't shared yet.

Cloth Diapering on a Budget Necessities

When I first started the series, I had a Facebook reader comment that my numbers were an incredibly low estimate.  That cloth diaper users would want newborn prefolds, as well as wet bags, detergent, etc.

She is exactly right.  If you can afford them, you'll definitely want all of the above, but guess what?  I left out all of these things because honestly, they aren't necessities.  I wouldn't exactly call them luxuries either,

but you can certainly cloth diaper without them… our great grandparents did

Ok, so you will need to wash your diapers in something, but you can use the same detergent on diapers as you do your clothes – I do – and you can get by without wet bags, pail liners, and some extras.

Cloth Diapering Accessories on a Budget

Pillow Case Diaper Pail

Use a Pillowcase as a Pail Liner

I admit, one of my last accessory purchases when I first started cloth diapering was a pail liner.  Why?  Because they cost around $15 for some of the cheapest and I just thought it was a bit unnecessary after I saw the tip about using a pillowcase!  It really does work too.  Granted, a PUL lined pail liner is honestly a little better at keeping in smells and wetness, the pillowcase works just fine – especially if you're washing every other day.  Just throw it in with your laundry and you've got a super cheap pail liner.

Give Accessories Dual Purposes

Let's say you do want to purchase newborn prefolds because they fit better – make those purchases last longer by using the prefolds as your child gets older as doublers!  Alanna from Leettle Baby said she did this very thing with her son's newborn prefolds!

DIY Cloth Wipes

If you're on a budget, chances are you don't want to be spending money on disposable wipes.  Cloth Wipes are much cheaper, but can still add up in your budget.  Mindy from The Inquisitive Mom shares the tip "Bargain fabrics or old receiving blankets made great cloth wipes."  One receiving blanket could be cut up into enough wipes – so there you are… free cloth wipes!

There are a ton of other things you can DIY to really save yourself money:  Make your own wet bag {and 11 other ways cloth diapers save you money} and if you're not a Tide fan like me, you can certainly make your own cloth diaper safe laundry detergent like Lauren from The Median Mommy does!  Harness the power of the sun with a drying rack or clothesline to save on electric bills too!

Bottom Line – Get Creative and you can Cloth Diaper on ANY budget!


Cloth Diapering on a Budget

My final thoughts on this series – almost any single way you choose to cloth diaper, you'll save money, no doubt.  If you're looking for as many corners to cut, well, it's totally possible to cloth diaper cheap – really cheap.  I hope you've enjoyed this series as much as I have writing it!

What is a tip that you'd share on about using Cloth Diaper Accessories while sticking to a tight Budget?


  1. Amber P says:

    Wow so many great ways to save money!!! Another tip for saving on drying costs (in winter or if you live somewhere humid or super cold, or just need you diapers dry fast) wool dryer balls really do cut down on drying time. You can make them easily yourself with wool yarn but if that’s a little pricier than you would like you can use odd socks and make them into dryer balls to, and that is free. Or if you only have enough yarn for a couple dryer balls a combinations works well too. :)

  2. Great post!  I got my liners used but was thinking of getting another one, no way now though with this idea.  Pillowcases, what a great idea! 

  3. I don't use any kind of pail liner at all. I bought a tall, steel garbage can which has an inner plastic can for about $25 at Ross. Every time I wash diapers I rinse it out with hot water (and occasionally a little soap if it's super stinky) and I set it in the sun to dry with my diapers. I keep it in the laundry room where no one spends any time so there's no one to bother if it gets a bit stinky between wash days! When we're done diapering we'll probably just replace our kitchen trash bin with this one (we have the same kind in there but it got dented) so since it will be used beyond diapers I don't really see it as a diapering expense! Also my son at 18mo now thinks it's a lot of fun to take his dirty diaper to the pail in the laundry room! He has recently learned the word pail :-)

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