Quoting min.:" <blockquote><b>Quoting XavierRose:</b>" you don't throw them away...you wash them"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... try cloth this time around-and I wish I had last time. Anyone have trouble with them molding before you get to wash them?"
We worked out that if you spend £10 (about $16) every 2 weeks buying the cheap disposables I will save £780 (about $1260) for one child assuming they potty train at 3 years old. That's for one child, you can keep them and use them for the next one. I want 3 kids so over 3 kids I would have saved £2340 (about $3783.) It just makes sense.
As for poopy ones you can buy flushable liners that you put on top of them if you don't fancy rinsing or washing the poop. If they poop it sticks to the liners but pee goes through to the inserts, you just peel it off and flush. If they haven't pooped you can usually wash them as they take a few washes to break down. Or you can use fleece liners which protect from stains, you can buy them or make them out of an old fleece blanket. I've made washable fleece wipes too which is so much easier. Using disposable wipes means you have to separate them before you wash, washable wipes you just put in the bucket with everything else. You can either soak them in water or make a solution. I make a solution and keep it in a little spray bottle and spray on when needed. Tea tree oil is a natural way to scent them and vinegar is a natural soften, although shouldn't be used a lot with pockets.
It's also better for their hip development and studies have shown they tend to potty train quicker in cloth. Also better for rashes.
You have to strip wash them occasionally as detergent can lead to a build up in oils but that's easy, hot washes with washing up liquid, the stuff you wash your dishes with, then rinse until you see now bubbles in the machine. Just make sure you use a small amount, I made the mistake of using a lot when I first strip washed, there was foam bursting out the door and drawer!!