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My Solution To The Issue!


In today’s article we will be discussing the different types of changing table stations that are available today. Well not just ones that are available but also that you can create yourself. How can I (you are probably thinking), I don’t know how to build anything? Sometimes it doesn’t take you actually building from scratch to get a changing table that will work for your living situation or environment.

I will give you ideas and you can run with them from there. In this article I will be showing you pre made changing tables, giving you custom table ideas, how the two can be two can be used together, and finally more DIY stations. Personally I love creating a DIY station because it can be designed to fit my own person needs.

Now there is nothing wrong with a premade or ready-made station because you can always add something to make it personal. With these you already have the basic building blocks to work with.

So let’s jump into our first station- the ready-made.


Ready Made    

As I stated earlier with these you already have your basic building blocks. Most have a changing pad on top with low rails all around. They usually will have 2 open shelves below.

Here is where you can get creative! You can add small labeled baskets to hold your cloth diapers and then another for all your accessories. Of course, you will need wipes, home made wipe solution in a spray bottle, and fasteners. You will be able to keep a diaper wet bag and diaper pail by the station if that is your choice.

Some people choose to keep one by the station and one in the bathroom so when they have to rinse the poop diapers they will have something to transport them to the container in the nursery.

I have provided a picture of a ready-made changing table.

Now we will discuss your custom table ideas.


Custom Creations          

I have already given you one idea but here is another.

Now let’s talk about a dresser. This is a piece of furniture that can be painted or stained to match the nursery theme. But of course if you would rather, you could just leave it the natural wood color. For example, I have seen some that have the theme for their nursery “Toy Story”. They will remove the knobs and replace them so they match them. That is a very cute idea!! Another idea is listed below.

At the baby shower have all the participates write little notes with special permanent markers that wouldn’t wash out. Or draw a picture that has a special meaning. The notes and drawings would become keepsakes for Mom and baby. Of course, these could be sayings of how much the baby is loved before he/she is born. These notes and drawings could then be painted onto a dresser as a permanent memory that Mom and the entire family can treasure forever.

Now for the next idea of how we can combine our ready-made tables and our custom ideas.


Combo Ideas         

One combo idea is to have a changing pad just simply placed on top of the dresser. Then in the drawers you can store cloth diapers. In one of the drawers you can place extra blankets and thin changing pads. On top of the dresser you keep a portable diaper caddy that will have all the small accessories like fasteners, cream, and hand sanitizer. Be sure you have a small toy to occupy the child while you change the cloth diaper. This can all be kept in the nursery while you have you’re main changing area in another part of the house.

Having the supplies in a portable diaper caddy will allow you to take them from room to room. You can even keep a thin changing pad to use in the caddy. This way if the baby is in the living room and needs to be changed out of an only wet diaper you may do so. Of course, if it’s poop you will need to change in or near the bathroom or the water source.
For our final topic today, we will be looking at my personal fav the DIY section.



This is a very interesting and enjoyable section for me personally. Now it’s not that I’m a creative person but it’s that like I stated before you can fix the piece so that it fits you, the nursery, and the baby. I have seen people do amazing things in this group. When you let your imagination run wild, you never know what you will come up with.

People have taken an armoire which is a beautiful piece of furniture. When the doors are closed it is a tall cupboard or wardrobe sitting in the room. But when you open the doors there is a changing that is about at waist height. Then, just below that are two long drawers that hold the diapers and accessories. On the inside of each door are hooks, which can hold outfits if needed to change the child. You could place hooks also inside along the back wall to hold small toys to help entertain the child while you are changing them.

You can have a dresser with a changing pad placed on top. Then the drawers can be used to store the prepared cloth diapers. In another drawer you can store the accessories in small boxes or dividers that are within the drawers to help organize everything so it is easy to find. This will look very neat and orderly in the nursery.


I will review the major points we talked about today.

Ready Made

  • Basic building blocks
  • 2 open shelves

Custom Creations

  • Toy story theme
  • Memory notes

Combo Ideas

  • Thin changing pads
  • Diaper caddy


  • Armoire
  • Re purpose furniture




If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith


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4 Ways To Store Cloth Diapers


There are many unique ways to store cloth diapers. In this article we will be discussing in detail 4 different ways I have found. They are:

  • Open Shelving
  • Wire Baskets/Shelf
  • Drawers/baskets
  • Shoe Organizer

I will be going into more detail on each below. With all these options you will also need fasteners, a spray bottle with pre made wipe solution, and a container for cloth wipes.
Some people have used just one of these storage ideas and then I have seen others that have gotten very creative and have combined two or maybe even all of these ideas into one masterpiece.

Remember you are the creator of your baby’s nursery and the sky is the limit. You are the one that will be changing your child so you design what will work best for your space, your style, and your needs.
So let’s get started without first topic- Open shelving.


Open Shelving               

Now I have seen so many uses with this.

To begin with, you can simple use a bookcase and use the open shelves to store your diaper in. This can be an effective way but there are other people that prefer to have things more organized. Here you would simple stack your pre-stuffed and ready for use diapers. You will also want a container to keep your fasteners in. Then another container to keep the clean cloths in. You will need a spray bottle to keep pre made wipe solution in.

Let me give you more ideas that fall under Open shelving.


I have seen people either line or stack wooden crates along a wall. This will give you a smaller area so that if you want to order your diapers by color, design, use, time of day, etc. you may do so. If that doesn’t appeal to you, doesn’t appeal to you then I have one more I idea in this category. You can then place the accessories above the crates.

Lightweight and ecofriendly storage cubes that can be hung on the wall. These come in many different colors so you can find one that will blend or match with the theme of the nursery. For example, you can put one long block in the middle and short blocks above and below. That way you will have you small “shelves” on either side to place your accessories.

Open shelving is very convenient and easy because then you can see in just a glance what you need and when it is located.


Now for our next group, Wire baskets/Shelf.

Wire Baskets/Shelf


This is something that is somewhat convenient. Personally when we used these I found them to be useful to a point. I agree that if anything were to spill then it could be wiped up easily. The only problem we found was that many of baby items were small and would tend to fall though the slots between the wires. For the diapers and wipes then they would work great. For personal items and fasteners I would use something else, but that is just my personally opinion.


Of course, on these like I said in the beginning I would use a combination of wire baskets and regular baskets. I would keep the diapers in the wire baskets and then use the regular baskets for holding smaller items like the fasteners. Just like with the open shelves you will need a spray bottle with your pre made wipe solution and also a container for the wipes.
Now Ikea does have a solution to this problem with the Raskog rolling cart. It holds a bunch of cloth diapers plus accessories that I have listed above. It has 3 levels which you can customize to fit your needs. It can even be rolled where ever you need inside the house, say the bedroom if baby is still co-sleeping.


Next topic please Drawers/Baskets



Now this is an interesting group, let me tell you all about them. You can get very creative in this group.

I have seen people take pieces of furniture and re purpose it to so they can use they drawers for a cloth diaper stash. For example, you can take a student desk and use the existing drawers to hold your diapers and accessories.

Another idea, would be the open bookcase to add labeled baskets to hold different items. This would help divide and organize the shelves if they are long.

Within a drawer, I would add small baskets to assist to keep the fastener organized by color, and type so that you can just reach in and grab one quickly.

All these ideas are to help you make the changing process as quick as possible. You need to have everything within reach for safety sake of you child.


Last topic, Shoe organizer.


Shoe Organizer          

This is a really neat and nifty idea. It is also a space-saving way to store cloth diapers. You simply use a sturdy over the door shoe organizer to store your cloth diapers in.

You can fit 48 pre-stuffed pocket in each pocket.

This will save space in the nursery or if you live in an apartment and have the baby in the same room as you, the diaper storage is now creatively out of site.

Now for the summary of what we have talked about.



I will summarize major points of the ideas for you below.


Open Shelving

  • convenient
  • Can see what’s needed at a glance

Wire Baskets/Shelf

  • Need something else
  • Rolling cart by Ikea is good solution


  • Help with organization
  • Use existing furniture

Shoe Organizer

  • Saves space
  • Over the door


I hope you have found some valuable information in this article. I enjoyed writing this plus learned some new things myself.

Remember, when you are designing your baby’s nursery to keep in mind the future function that will YOUR needs!



If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All my Best,


Elaine Smith

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The Suds Talk


This is going to be a review of 17 different laundry detergents you can find in the just about any grocery store. I will be looking at the price, durability, any special needs, safety factors, and their contents. This isn’t a complete list of detergent but are ones that are safe for cloth diapers and can be easily found at any grocery store. I have included the price and where I found them at.

The list of detergents we will be looking at:

  1. Persil Proclean- liquid
  2. Purex-liquid
  3. Seventh Generation Baby 4x Free & Clear-liquid
  4. Tide Purclean-liquid
  5. Oxiclean-liquid
  6. Gain w/Febreeze-liquid
  7. Fab-powder                                                                                        
  8. Dreft-liquid & powder
  9. Cheer-liquid & powder
  10. Arm & Hammer Ultra Power-liquid
  11. Gain-liquid
  12. Great Value High Efficiency-liquid
  13. Up & Up Baby-liquid
  14. Wisk-liquid
  15. Woolite Baby-liquid
  16. All-powder
  17. All Free Clear-powder


Cost and Where They Can Be Found


  1. Persil Proclean- 40oz. $5.24 (walmart)                     
  2. Purex- 75oz.$3.97 (walmart)
  3. Seventh Generation- 95oz. $11.54 (walmart)
  4. Tide Purclean- 50oz. $8.97 (walmart)
  5. Oxiclean- 100.5oz $9.97 (walmart)
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- 100 oz. $9.94 (walmart)
  7. Fab- 50oz. $7.97 (walmart)
  8. Dreft- 40oz. $9.43 (walmart)
  9. Cheer- 100oz. $7.48 (walmart)
  10. Arm & Hammer- 94.5oz. $5.96 (walmart)
  11. Gain- 50oz $6.85 (walmart)
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- 100oz.$6.28 (walmart)
  13. Up & Up Baby- 100oz. $13.19 (target)
  14. Wisk- 50oz. $5.13 (walmart)
  15. Woolite Baby- 75oz. $3.97 (walmart)
  16. All powder- 32.5lb $6.00 (walmart)
  17. All Free Clear- 3.25lb $9.40 (walmart)


Do They Hold Up


  1. Persil Proclean- stands up to life’s messes moments with its Pro 10 technology.
  2. Purex- no enzymes which make it ideal for everyday use.
  3. Seventh Generation- has enzymes that are specially formulated to target tough baby stains.
  4. Tide Purclean- gentle cleaning power even in cold water.
  5. Oxiclean- very versatile because it’s tough on stains yet gentle on clothes.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- a synthetic detergent with enzymes to produce great smelling clothes.
  7. Fab- a synthetic detergent with enzymes but is a little weak.
  8. Dreft- dreft is gentle on babies sensitive skin but tough on stains.
  9. Cheer- fight fading and pilling with a fresh clean scent.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- helps get tough stains out.
  11. Gain- a synthetic detergent that does contain enzymes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- whiten, brighten, and freshens.
  13. Up & Up Baby- tough on stains yet gentle on baby’s skin.
  14. Wisk- attacks body oils and sweats with microfibers.
  15. Woolite Baby- hypoallergenic for baby’s sensitive skin.
  16. All- attack tough stains and leaves your clothes clean and fresh.
  17. All Free Clear- strong, yet sensitive and recommend #1 by pediatricians, dermatologist, and allergists.

Do They Have Any Special Needs    

  1. Persil Proclean- for colored clothes check to make sure they are color fast.
  2. Purex- great laundry detergent at an affordable price.
  3. Seventh Generation- is plant based and made for cloth diapers.
  4. Tide Purclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  5. Oxiclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- good for both HE and regular washers but may cause extra bubbles in washing.
  7. Fab- compatible with HE machines
  8. Dreft- compatible with HE machines and regular machines.
  9. Cheer- does well in HE machines.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- do well in HE machines and regular machines.
  11. Gain- Good for both HE and regular washers
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- can use on all machines.
  13. Up & Up Baby- safe for both HE and regular machines.
  14. Wisk- safe for all types of machines
  15. Woolite Baby- suitable for all machines
  16. All- safe for all machines and at all temperatures.
  17. All Free Clear- suitable for all machines.

What Are Their Safety Features


  1. Persil Proclean- follow label instructions when washing.                              
  2. Purex- HE safe and synthetic made.
  3. Seventh Generation- sort clothes before washing and follow instructions
  4. Tide Purclean- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  5. Oxiclean- always refer to packing directions, safe for color fast fabrics only.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  7. Fab- unique combination of essential oils that will stimulate your body and mind.
  8. Dreft- add the detergent then sorted clothes.
  9. Cheer- add detergent, sorted clothes, then start washer.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- follow washing directions on the label.
  11. Gain- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- first pre-treat anything that needs it, add soap then sorted clothes
  13. Up & up Baby- follow label directions for washing.
  14. Wisk- add detergent then clothes.
  15. Woolite Baby- follow directions on label for washing instructions.
  16. All- add detergent then clothes.
  17. All Free Clear- add detergent straight onto washable clothes, let soak, add detergent the sorted clothes.


What’s In Them


  1. Persil Proclean- 10 dimensions of clean which contains enzymes.
  2. Purex- stain fighting properties to help lift out ground in stains.
  3. Seventh Generation- natural baby detergent with no phosphates
  4. Tide Purclean- plant based product with honey lavender scent.
  5. Oxiclean- serious stain fighting enzymes to tackle even dried on stains.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- detergent has a smell that will linger for at least a month.
  7. Fab- clean smell will last for 21 days.
  8. Dreft- good for newborn thru toddler stage. They even have a stain boosters for after that.
  9. Cheer- contains enzymes to help colors stay bright and colorful.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- free and clear with no enzymes.
  11. Gain- detergent that will get rid of dirt but lock in this amazing great smell that will last for weeks.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- synthetic detergent with no enzymes.
  13. Up & Up Baby- biodegradable clean agents but still have a clean smell.
  14. Wisk- enzymes, brighteners, and colorants.
  15. Woolite Baby- free of bleach, phosphates, enzymes, and dyes.
  16. All- has in-wash pre-treaters with active stain lifters for great stain removal.
  17. All Free Clear- dermatologist recommended, dye free, and fragrance free.



That isn’t all the laundry detergents, of course. But those are the major ones and the most popular that can be found in your local grocery store. All those that are listed are cloth diaper safe and approved.

According to everything I read here are the brands that are rated as the best and why:

  1. Tide- because of the variety of choices. Just make sure you don’t use one with a fabric softener in it.
  2. All Free Clear- powder is recommended but not the liquid because it has an ingredient not good for cloth diapers.
  3. Woolite Baby- most versatile for an infant. Many great rating.

I hope you find some helpful information in this. Check out my other articles such as:

  • Styles of Diapers
  • 5 Proper Diaper Changing Procedures
  • How To Clean Cloth Diapers
  • 4 Reasons To Get Rid Of Poop
  • What’ Inside
  • Comparing Cloth vs Disposable Diaper



If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith




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What’s Inside?


In this article we are going to talk about what will go in a diaper bag when you plan to be cloth diapering. Now some of this isn’t much different from someone who is using disposable diapers with the exception on the kind of diaper included, the wet bag, and possibly the groceries bags.

I did research a lot and there wasn’t too much out there but I found a few articles that listed the content you will need. I will give you a brief list here and go into detail below. You will need:

  • Diapers- change out
  • Wipes- always kept in there
  • Wet Bag- always kept in there
  • Grocery Bags- added when needed
  • 1-2 change of clothes- change out
  • BabyCarrier- always kept in there
  • Changing Pad- always kept in there
  • Nursing Cover- always kept in there
  • Sippy Cup/Snacks- added when needed
  • Hand Sanitizer- always kept in there

Let’s talk about the thing that are always kept in the bag for one reason or another.


Always Keep In                                             


Some items you will always keep in the diaper bag. For Example:

  1. Wipes
  2. Wet Bag
  3. Changing Pad
  4. Hand Sanitizer

Why would you need these things? Well let me tell you about each one.

#1 The Wipes- when you are at home you are probably using cloth wipes so you can buy a small package or disposable wipes you can just carry or keep in your diaper bag. They will only be used for this purpose. Something to think about when you purchase the wipes, is whether you are changing a boy or a girl. Because if it is a little boy, you will want something to lay over his privates while your changing him so you don’t get sprayed by flying urine. In other words, if it’s a boy, get some thick wipes!


#2 The Wet Bag- you will need this to have something to keep the wet diapers in. It has a zippered closure and a waterproof inside. This also helps to keep the ammonia smell from getting on everything.


#3The Changing Pad- many times this will come with the diaper bag but if it doesn’t then you need to be sure to get one. It is a thin changing pad that you can place anywhere. This way you don’t have to be dependent on other people or worried about your baby getting germs from someone else. No risk of cross-contamination because only your child will be using it plus it can be wiped down with a wipe or wet cloth and soap.


#4 The Hand Sanitizer- this is very important!!! You will want to sanitize your hands BEFORE you change your baby and then again AFTER they are changed. You don’t want to go spreading any germs to anyone.


Next we will discuss what we will change out frequently.


Change Out                                               


There are some items that need to be changed out regularly. They are listed in detail below:

  1. Diapers
  2. 1-2 changes of clothes

#1 The Diapers- Well this makes sense that you would change these out. You will be adding them as you need them because when you get home you will take the dirty ones out to clean. When you are getting ready to leave, you will simply pack in some fresh clean diapers.


#2 The 1-2 changes of clothes- now this makes sense as well. You wouldn’t pack in clothes and just leave them in there because if you have to change your baby and the only clothes in the bag are winter clothes but it is summer you now have a problem. This is almost as bad as having no clothes at all. So you can see why changing out the clothes is important. You need to have 2 changes of clothes in the diaper bag, or more if they are younger.


Now we will talk about what you need to replace when it runs out.

Replace When Out                 


There a few item in the diaper bag that will run out from time to time and need to be replaced. You will just need to keep an eye on these and replace them on an as needed basis. They are listed in detail below:

  1. Groceries Bags
  2. Sippy Cup/Snacks


#1 The Groceries bags- now these are simply the plastic bags you get from the grocery store. These are used to hold the poop diapers. You wrap them up real good, to seal the poop away from everything else and then put them in the zipper wet bag.


#2 The Sippy Cup/Snacks- a child will need to have something to drink and something to eat. Now you can’t put this in the diaper bag once and expect it to still be good forever, or last forever. So it makes sense that you are going to have to replace it when it runs out. Duh!!


Now we will discuss our last topic for this article which is the little extras. There a few little extras you might want to carry in your diaper bag.


Little Extras


For our last topic, we will be discussing two extras that are nice to have in your diaper bag. I will list and describe in detail below:

  1. Baby Carrier
  2. Nursing Cover


#1 The Baby Carrier- sometimes called a baby sling is a nice thing to have in the diaper bag. This way if your baby falls asleep you can continue shopping hand-free since you have somewhere to put the baby.


#2 The Nursing Cover- this is considered an extra. This is used as a swaddling blanket so you can breastfeed out in public. This will help shield the child so they have fewer distractions. At the same time, the woman is offered discreet privacy.





To sum everything up, the BIGGEST different between a cloth diaper bag and a diaper bag for disposable diapers is your choice of diapers. As I have stated in my of my articles the choice of diapers is YOUR choice.


The second difference would be the addition of a wet bag and grocery bags.


Of course the little extra items are also optional for the diaper bag.




If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith


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4 Reasons To Get Rid Of Poop


In this article we will be discussing why it is important to clean your poop diapers immediately. Some people will leave them dirty and think “Oh, I will just get them clean when I laundry them.”


Folks, This is not a good idea for many reasons and we will be discussing four of those reasons here. Those four are:

  1. The smell it will leave in the room
  2. The stain it will leave
  3. The irritation it can cause your baby
  4. The early breakdown of the diapers

I will be going into more detail in each group below but I wanted to tell you what we would be talking about. I have included a video explaining the different stages of poop and how they are handled.
So now let’s start by talking about the smell in the room.



The Smell In The Room

Let me begin by asking you a question. Have you ever gone into someones house who has lots of cats and they haven’t cleaned their litter box recently? You know how there is just the smell of poop in their house? Well I have been to houses like this and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. I wanted to run for the hills.


If you don’t clean the diaper of the poop and just put it in the pail, it will smell up the room like this. But unfortunately, not just the room, but the smell will get on the walls, in the babies clothes in that room and everything in that room. The smell will spread to your entire house. This can be stopped with one simple solution.

When you have a dirty diaper all you need to do is immediately clean it, deal with the poop, and then you can put the wet diaper in the pail until laundry day.


Now we will discuss what will happen if you don’t clean the poop up immediately.




The Stain It Can Leave

If you don’t clean poop immediately you can have some issues. As was pointed out in the video when a baby is breastfed or formula fed ONLY they will have very loose runny poops that will be water-soluble. At this stage you don’t have to worry about cleaning the diapers mainly because they don’t smell. If they do have any stains after they are washed just simply dry them in the sun and the stain will be gone.


The sun is a natural bleaching process so this will even work when the child gets older and begin to eat solid foods that tend to leave stains. (A note here:You never want to use bleach or harsh chemicals when you are washing the diapers. See my Blog on How to Clean Cloth Diapers for further discussion on washing procedures)



The Irritation It Can Cause Baby

Now we will discuss what the consequences are for your baby.


When poop isn’t fully cleared up, it can lead to diaper rash isn’t fully cleared up it can lead to diaper rash. What I mean by this is that if you leave the poop on the diaper it will likely stain. The stain when wet will get an ammonia smell which in turn will cause the baby’s skin to be red, scaly, sore, and tender. This will probably turn into a diaper rash or worse.

The simplest way to prevent this from even occurring in the first place would be to change the baby as soon as they poop. Not only clean the baby properly but also dispose of the poop immediately.


Also, at bed time you might want to consider using an approved cloth diaper cream or ointment just as a protective layer.


For our last topic, we will discuss how this affect the early breakdown of diapers.



Early Breakdown of The Diapers


Now we will discuss the early breakdown of the diapers. By leaving the poop on for a long period of time does a few things to the diapers themselves.


First, the smell, I’m not real sure how to describe it. Is it poop, ammonia, or what? I’m not really sure. It will take extra detergent/laundry booster to get the smell out. Plus extra clean, fresh water just to make sure all the residue is out of the diapers.


All this extra washing does lead to the diapers needing to be replaced sooner. Diapers when properly cared for may need to be replaced in 9-12. Since they are being washed more they may wear out and fade sooner.
I’m speaking from experience here, that if your diapers have any Velcro tabs on them, you will want to tuck them under before washing. If not they will come out all twisted up and joined all sorts of ways. Trust me, that if you make this mistake, you will only do it only once.


Some of the diapers have elastics in the legs. These can only withstand so many washing also before they begin to show signs of wear.


Now we will review everything we have talked about in this article.





Today we have learned many facts about poop! and what we should and should not do with it.


This is a summary of what we talk about *The Smell in the Room- smells similar to lots to cats which makes the room smell like poop. Actually not just the room but the entire house.


*The Stain It Can Leave-always clean immediately. We learned that the sun is a natural bleaching process.


*The Irritation It Can Cause Baby- when poop is left diaper rash can develop, or maybe something worse. Another suggestion was to use an approved diaper cream at bedtime as a protective layer.


And finally *The Early Breakdown Of The Diapers-due to the fact that you wash them so much more and use more laundry soap just to get them clean.


In summary, all these can be prevented by simply cleaning the poop immediately or as soon as you can.


If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.



All The Best,


Elaine Smith