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How To Clean Cloth Diapers

There are a lot of myths that cloth diapering is very difficult and messy. I would like to write this article to help point out some truths about the ease of how to clean cloth diapers.

Warning, some points in this article will be graphic and to the point. I have included a video at the beginning to help explain how simple it is to clean a cloth diaper.

I will admit you will be doing laundry frequently, but that really isn’t a big deal. You will be saving so much money over the cost over disposables.

 

What Do I Do With The Poop

 

Let’s get the most uncomfortable topic out-of-the-way first. Yes if they were in disposable diapers you could just wrap it up and throw it away. Instead, all you have to do is flush the poop down the toilet.

 

I have read a number of different articles and watched many videos but they all say about the same thing. You need to clean the poop immediately. Why, Elaine do you need to do that? Well there are many reasons. I will briefly address them here in this article.

  • The smell in the room
  • The stain it can leave
  • The irritation it can cause the baby
  • The early breakdown of the diapers
  • The over all look of the diapers

Dealing with the poop is a whole article on it’s on but this article is about washing the cloth diapers. So our next process will be letting them soak.

 

Soak  

First we will put all the diaper, liners, covers, cloth rags, diaper bag turned inside out, and a small amount of detergent in the washer. Next I will discuss the settings for your machine.
First we will turn the dial of the washer to hot to sanitize the diapers. We don’t want to use any fabric softener because this will cause the diapers to lose their absorbency and that’s not a good idea.

 

We also want to set the washer on the extra rinse cycle so everything gets nice and coated. What I mean by that, is that all the pee and poop will be covered. You want to get all the poop and pee soaked in detergent during the first wash.

 

 

Soap Debate      

As I was reading and watching many hours of videos there was a debate on what kind of detergent to use. The main conclusion I have found is the type of diaper and the material used is what makes the difference. In other words, if you are using microfiber you need to use a special detergent made only for cloth diapers. On the other hand, if you are using cotton or a natural product you can use any detergent that is good for your baby’s sensitive skin. With either product you will need to add a booster to help clean and whiten the whites and brighten the brights.

 

Like I said before, you soak the diapers in hot and I will further explain why below.

 

 

What Temp     

You soak in hot water to sanitize. Well that makes sense. In my research I found mixed reviews about this step. Some found this great while other thought it unnecessary. To me, personally, it makes sense but I also can see where the controversy can lie because this does add an extra step. The end result is to have nice clean diapers that are fresh for your baby. It creates the end result so you have to look at whether that extra step is worth a healthy baby bottom that smell all nice, fresh and clean. As I read, the nose knows! The next step is to do a pre-wash as I will describe below.

 

 

 

Pre-wash    

During this pre-wash you will NOT add any detergent. This cycle is to mainly get out the pee and poop that remains in your diapers. You do not change the other settings on your washer such as temperature, extra rinse, and normal/heavy-duty. Of course, like I said before you NEVER want to use fabric soften so that setting is always turned off.

 

The next step will be to do the main wash cycle.

 

 

 

Main Wash  

During this last washing you will want to add more detergent and booster. You don’t change any of the settings except the wash cycle. By this I mean you put the machine on super wash and let it run it’s course. When it is done your diapers will be nice, clean and ready for the dyer/air.

 

I will explain what goes where in the next few steps.

 

 

 

To Dry    

In the dryer you will put all the cloth rags and white diapers only. For the reason you never use fabric softener, is the is same reason use dryer sheets. A diaper with no absorbency is no beuno. You will want to set your dryer on hot so you get your diaper good and sanitized plus dry. A mildewed diaper is not something you want to have on your baby’s bottom. Neither do you want to smell that when it is mixed with urine or worse.

 

Now we will talk about what you place out to air dry.

 

 

 

Air Dry  

There are somethings that you washed that need to be air dried. Things like all the diaper covers and the diaper bag. The reason you air dry them is that the dryer can break down the elastics and plastics in the diapers causing them to not last as long. You don’t want to put on a diaper and have a snap melted off because you dried it.

 

Another option would be to dry the white diapers, cloths, and everything outside in the sun. Any stains that may have been there would definitely be gone. They also would smell great!

 

The last step is to fold.

 

 

 

Ready For Another Day 

 

The remaining step is to fold everything and put it all away where it belongs With pre-fold diapers you would simply snap and fold the covers. Then fold the white diapers.

 

With pocket diapers you will need to stuff the diapers.

 

The point is get the diapers ready for use again no matter what style they are.

 

Now I hope you see how simple it is to clean cloth diapers. I had fun researching this article and watching hours of videos.

 

Summary

 

I have talked about nine steps to get a cloth diaper clean. So let’s review them briefly.

  1. The Poop should be flushed immediately.
  2. Use a small amount of detergent during the soak time.
  3. The detergent type depends on the style of diaper.
  4. Hot water is used to sanitize.
  5. No added detergent during the pre-wash.
  6. Add more detergent but the cycles on the machine don’t change during the main wash.
  7. The dryer is used for whites only.
  8. Air dry cover and pail liner.
  9. Get diapers ready for using again.

 

 

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

cover-your-bum.com

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Proper Diaper Changing Procedures

Today I want to list the proper diaper changing procedures. But before we can begin, there is one very important item we must take care of.

What item is that, Elaine? Well, silly, We need to wash and dry our hand. We don’t want to get germs on the baby, now do we?
Oh yeah, also we need to lay out another cover and diaper just in case. In fact, why don’t I just tell you the supplies you will need. That way you can have them ready when it’s time to change the baby.

You will need:

 

 

Unfastening

First thing to do is unfasten the diaper cover, (that would be the colorful one) and pull it down. The next step would be to unfasten the dirty diaper, (usually white) and also pull it down but only half way. This way if you are changing a little boy you can put another clean absorbent cloth or something to cover his penis so you don’t get sprayed by flying urine.

 

Dirty/Replace

 

Now the reason you brought the front of the diaper down is so you could use it to clean the baby’s bottom. You will fold the dirty diaper in half just for a moment. Plus this will give the baby extra padding.

 

Clean the baby’s front with a cloth/wipe. Remember if it’s a girl to use the front to back wiping method to keep germs out of her vagina.

 

Now gently lift the baby’s bottom off the changing surface by holding both ankles in one hand and lifting very carefully and gently in an upward direction. If your baby has pooped, grab another wipe so you can clean the bottom. Lift the legs as I have described before and be sure to clean in the creases of their wiggly legs and thunder thighs. This sometimes will get missed!! Many grandmas just loves to pinch this area when they are loving on the child.
If there is time to let them air dry that’s great but if not then just pat them dry with a clean cloth. If it’s needed at this time you can apply some diaper cream but make sure it is approved to work with cloth diapers. Remember you only need a thin layer!

 

Last thing is you will want to remove the soiled diaper and cover if necessary. Remember though, Safety first, so if you are changing the baby on a changing table just put the soiled diaper to the side. You can deal with it later when the baby is safely off the table.

 

Clean/Newborn  

Now we will discuss how to line up the clean diaper plus touch on the difference for a newborn.

 

Place the clean diaper underneath your baby so the back edge is lined up at about the waist. You will pull the front part to the baby’s tummy. One note here, if you baby is a boy you will want to point his penis down so he is less likely to pee over the top of the diaper.

 

Then for Newborns, be sure that the back of the diaper is higher than the front. You don’t want the fabric to rub on the umbilical cord stump. Many newborn diapers and covers will have snaps or fold-down areas for the cord.

 

Well, now that your baby is back in a clean, fresh diaper you will need to wash your hand again. Just in case you got some germs on you while changing their diaper. Once you have the baby in a safe location you can go back to take care of that dirty diaper. Of course, you will want to take care of that before you thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.

 

Tips

Now here are a few tips that I hope you will find useful.

  1. Make sure the middle of the diaper that is between the baby’s legs is spread as wide as possible. Too much material in that area can cause discomfort and rashes. After all I wouldn’t want to walk around with a bunch of material between my legs either. Just makes sense to me.
  2. Fasten the cloth diaper with fasteners or pins. Make sure the diaper is tight but not so tight that it pinches. Diapers like per-folds and flats that you fold will need fasteners but there are some that have built-in snaps or tabs.
  3. Once the clean diaper is on, you will need to put on an outer cover. You can either use the one the baby had on, if it is still clean or put a clean one on. Just simply fasten the cover with its snaps or tabs.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

So today we talked about the proper diaper changing procedures. Of course the very first step is to wash and dry your hands. This is important so we don’t spread germs to the baby as discussed in the beginning. We covered all the step-by-steps to changing a cloth diaper. If anyone still has questions a video has been included which should further explain this procedure. These steps will vary slightly with the style of diaper used and the age of the child.

I hope you took away some valuable information because I thoroughly enjoyed researching this. I myself delight in this topic and grasp great mysteries. I enjoy seeing the evolution of progression of what they were back in the 1950’s and what they are now.

 

 

 

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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Styles of Diapers

 

So you have made the decision to cloth diaper. That is great but what basic supplies do you need? You will need at least 24-30 diaper of your choice, 24-30 inserts, diaper pail, wet bag (optional,but also recommended) and 30 cloth wipes. This diaper pail can be a simple step trash can. Like I said the diapers are YOUR choice. If you choose to go with the pre-fold then you would need diapers and waterproof covers but no insets. The wet bag is used to put the wet diapers in while you are traveling, whether it be room to room or around town.

Have you decided on the style of diaper you will be using? I have included pictures of each so you will know what they look like.

Let’s go over the different styles and I will give a brief description below:

 

 

  • All-In-One cloth diapers or as many stores like to call them (AIO)- these diapers have one absorbent layer then a waterproof cover but they are all one piece. They go on and off just like a disposable diaper.
  • There major disadvantage is that they take a really, really, really long time to dry.  And since you have to put the in the dryer then they tend to wear out quickly.

 

  • Pocket cloth diapers- a waterproof outer shell that has a inner “Pocket” running from the front to the back. This holds an absorbent insert that looks like a supersized maxi pad. This is stuffed into the pocket so the whole diaper works similar to a disposable without the harmful chemicals. But once the baby wet , the pocket diapers will need to be “unstuffed” before washing, which will require you touching the inserts to separate them from the shell.
  •   A major disadvantage is that “stuffing” the pockets are a hassle and leaking is a BIG problem with pockets.

 

  • All-in-Two cloth diapers (AO2)- now these are very similar to the AIO except that they have snaps on there waterproof covers so that another absorbent insert can be used without having to “stuff” it into a pockets. This insert will stay in place even in the wash.
  • Their major disadvantage is that they don’t dry very well, which is makes this somewhat complicated and difficult to add the extra soakers or liners into.

 

  • Fitted cloth diapers- these are very easy to put on and seem to be very comfortably because they are soft and stretchy. They are also very absorbent which makes them a very good choice for nighttime use. Since the covers can be reused they also have a prolonged life. The covers dry quickly on the clothes line.
  • The major disadvantage to these is since they are in two pieces you are going to get your hands messy touching the wet or poop diaper.  And they take longer to dry since they are in two pieces but they work great for nighttime!

 

  • Prefold cloth diapers- are the old fashioned “cloth diaper” that you can buy in many stores these days. We use them as burp cloths. With these you will need a waterproof outer shell of some sort. Many people will pin the diaper with diaper pins but they have now come out with new fasteners called Snappi and Boingo. These are both neat fasteners that are replacing the diaper pins to prevent accidental poking.
  • You will also need a waterproof cover for these.

 

  • Flat cloth diapers- now these are the diaper I remember my mother using. I also used these as dish towels. If you could think of a flat cloth diaper before the machine folded and folded it. That is what a flat diaper is. Just one thin sheet that you will need to fold yourself.
  • Oh and you will also need a waterproof cover for flat diapers. They are secured with your choice of the above fasteners.

 

  • Flip cloth diaper covers- these have inserts that just lay or tuck in the shell. These are nice because there isn’t any “stuffing” involved. As the name suggests you just “flip” out the insert, dry and insert a fresh absorbent pad. Since these air dry so quickly and you really don’t need to use the dryer this prolongs their life.
  • A disadvantage to “flip” diapers is that there nothing holding the two pieces together so it’s important to make sure that all the absorbent parts are tucked in.

 

So no matter what style of diaper you decide to use there are things to consider. Advantages and disadvantages, such as drying situations, absorbency, and stuffing/un-stuffing. For example as I pointed out, many diapers will last longer if they are air dried as opposed to machine dried.

 

Something you need to take into consideration is what is important to you and your family. What do You want to do, not what others think is best. How important are natural fibers to your family? What do you want your baby’s skin to be touching? These are questions only you can answer. So think about it!!!

 

I hope this has given you some helpful information that can be found all in one place to help you make your decision. Just keep in mind, that no one else can make the decision for you whether to cloth diaper or not. You can get many other peoples opinions but the ultimate decision is yours!!

 

 

 

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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Where Oh Where Is It!

 

Have you ever heard this statement before? I have heard it many times. I may have even used it myself. In fact I know I have. When I can’t find something I go through certain steps.

I will search and search online, doing lots of research. I will do a lot of my research on trusty Google. Today I’m looking for Flip Hybrid cloth diaper cover. Let me take you through the steps of my research. 

First I google just Cloth Diaper  and see what I find. Hum..Best Cloth Diapers of 2017  This talks about how cloth diapers are beginning to make a comeback. Now this is good because just below this article is another post from Amazon (everyone likes Amazon so let’s check them… our first)

On Amazon, we can enter Flip Hybrid Cloth Diaper in the search bar. Let’s just try that and see what we get. What do you know… a snap-pepper-one size cover comes up. Plus 20 more colors. Let’s click on that and find out more about it. Oh, I wish ya’ll could see these pictures because they are so cute. They give you what other customers are buying after viewing this : best selling, top selling, and the lowest price. Then what customers viewed after this. This product sells for $14.65 at this moment. Ok I like the looks of this but I want to compare it so let’s compare it to something else. Let’s check a look at what Babies R Us has to offer.

 

Now let’s check Babies R Us. We Google Babies R Us, search Flip Hybrid Cloth Diapers. We come up with bumGenius flip cloth cover. These are sold in the local stores with 3 types of inserts for $14.99. I have heard this is a really good brand!

Well that’s two but I like to get at least 5 or six then I will start eliminating what I don’t like for one reason or another. So we can get some more. Next we will look at my favorite store. Most of the time this store has the lowest price but sometimes not. That is why I will get other prices from many places.

 

Now let’s check Wal-Mart, I always check here because I like this store. Google Wal-Mart, search Flip Hybrid Diapers. And..bumGenius w/Snap Closure-Hummingbird. Oh, sorry guys they are out of stock:( But they carry the Cotton Babies Flip so let’s try that one. There is a one-size Hook&Loop; Closure Diaper cover-Zinnia and it comes with free shipping. This is a cute diaper that has one piece of what looks like Velcro across the top to hold the two sides together. That’s a smart idea!! The diaper comes in a magenta color for $14.99. I like this one but they are all running about the same price. That’s interesting!

Of course you can always go the much more expensive route with the multi-snap flip Cloth Diaper Cover-Snap-Moonbeam-One Size for $30.90. That is more expensive!

Well let’s look at one more place just for grins!

 

Finally let’s take a look at Target. First, let’s Google Target, search- Flip Hybrid Diapers. Well what do you know… We also come up with Flip cloth covers that are sold both online or you can have them delivered to a store near you. They come in 5 solid outer colors. Each has 3 different types of insets all for $14.99. Hum.

 

 

 

So let’s sum this all up. We have Googled 4 different stores, all well known places and found 5 different products to compare.

I have put the prices and products in a chart for you to compare.

  • Amazon                   snap pepper                          14.65
  • BabiesRUs              bumGenius                            14.99
  • WalMart                  Cotton Babies                       14.99
  • Target                      bumGenius                            14.99
  • WalMart                  multi snap                             30.90

 

This chart will tell you the stores, the brand of diaper, and the price. From this point you can make a decision on your next step.

I know of a site that will make your decision much easier. The site is cover-your-bum.com. There are lots of cloth diapers and different accessories. Some items you will definitely need and the rest are extras.

 

I have that item plus lots of other cloth diaper products you are going to just love:) I have other choices of cloth diapers, diaper bags, diaper caddies, organizers, many different types of fasteners, and biodegradable flushable diaper liners. There is also a blog roll that has informational posts about cloth diapering.

I hope you found some useful information in this post that will be helpful to you.

 

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

cover-your-bum.com

 

 

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Comparing a Cloth vs. Disposable Diaper


 

Today we will be comparing the use of cloth vs. disposable diaper in a few areas. We will be looking at the health area, the cost differences, the over-all personal desires, and finally how eco-friendly each one is. Let’s just jump right in and start this review. First let’s take a look at the health arena.

 

 

In The Health Arena

Disposal diapers are more breathable but disposable diapers lack the soft feel that you can get with cloth diapers.

Many people believe that one is better than the other to prevent diaper rash but by just plain changing a soiled diaper promptly will help to prevent a diaper rash from beginning in the first place.

One major advantage I found is that many moms reported that “potty training” was earlier. This was simple because the child could FEEL the wetness. The disposable diapers today advertise that they will pull the wetness away from the child so the child doesn’t feel wet. But this can delay the natural potty training benefits.

Now to talk about the bottom dollar!! and it’s effect. What does it really cost a person for a year?

 

THE BOTTOM DOLLAR

A person can spend anywhere from $2,000-$3,000 per baby for two years on disposable diapers whereas you will spend $800-$1,000 per baby for the same amount of time on cloth diapers. Of course that includes the cost of accessories. The cloth diapers are reusable so for the 2nd child the cost is less since you already have the accessories and only have to buy more diapers. So for a 2nd child you will spend between $400-$500.
I found a website that did breakdown the price of both very detailed so I will list it simply as a comparison here.

 

YEAR ONE IN CLOTH DIAPERS                   YEAR ONE IN DISPOSABLE DIAPERS

705.53 Diaper Stash                                        750.00 Diapers

(includes accessories)

51.00 Detergent                                                        130.02 Wipes                                                                                                                                                                                                  175.55 Water & Electric                                           152.75 Accessories

 

 

  930.08TOTAL FOR YEAR 1                        1032.77 TOTAL FOR YEAR 1

                                                                                                 

YEAR TWO IN CLOTH DIAPERS                     YEAR TWO IN DISPOSABLE DIAPERS

 

0 Diaper Stash                                                                       725.oo Diapers

51.00 Detergent                                                                      94.56 Wipes

175.55 Water & Electric                                                         65.34 Accessories

226.55 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2                                   884.90 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2

 

Wow that’s a BIG price difference!!! They are about the same the first year but boy the second year what a difference. And something I forgot to mention is that is your cloth diapers can be resold if you don’t need them again.

Something else is that you can get some of your newborn stash supply used because a lot of people do resale theirs. Many times you can get some really good deals doing this! This will help lower your output also!! Nothing will lower your output on the disposable side because all those must be bought new.

 

 

Your Personal Desire

Your choice of which diaper to use should be your choice. There are pro and cons to both.

Unfortunately society does make some of this decision for us. For instance, if you are going back to work and put your child in day care most day cares will ask that the child be in disposables. Some are beginning to accept infants in the all-in-one diapers since they are similar to disposables. This is only true for some day cares though.

 

A solution to this would be to have them in cloth while the child is with you and in disposables at day care. I have noticed more and more people switching back to cloth. Nowadays they are coming in so many colors and different types but still some resist the change.

 

Sometimes a sitter won’t change a cloth diaper if you want a “night out”. So that, can be another dilemma.

 

Ultimately the decision should be yours but there are worldly events that affect your decision.

 

What About The Landfill

 

This isn’t as clear cut as many people think.

Yes disposable diapers do use many trees and plastic and are just thrown in our landfills when they are used… maybe (at least by responsible people) When you use cloth diapers you need to think of all the water that is used to wash them.

The only major disadvantage or bad effect could be found is that disposable aren’t biodegradable and contain harmful materials for babies sensitive skin such as the chemicals that are in the gel.

 

 

The Finial Tally

 

So what have we learned today?

I want to point out some things that I thought were very interesting to me. In the health arena there was no difference between either diaper when it comes to diaper rash. I found that fascinating. I, like many others had always believed that disposable diapers lead to diaper rash. Through my research I have learned something new. As long as you change a baby as soon as they soil then they will be fine. Another intriguing fact, and now that I think about it makes sense, is that cloth diapers probably lead to early “potty training”.

 

So as we found out from this review that cloth diapers are less expensive than disposable. Cloth diapers were compared in detailed to inexpensive disposable that were bought in bulk so the price comparison may be a little on the low side.

 

As far as the environment goes, of course disposables aren’t biodegradable and do have harmful chemical that could damage babies sensitive skin. Cloth may be a better bet in this area especially if your child has very sensitive skin.

 

And finally the choice between cloth and disposable should be a personal one but society seems to play a big role. It used to be that cloth was the only way. Then disposables came and many places are asking that you use them for “convenience sake”. But just recently I’m beginning to see more people going back to cloth. Again let me stress, what ever diaper you decided to use YOU should be the one who makes that informed decision!

 

 

 

 

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

Elaine Smith

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About Elaine

Thank you for coming to see what I have here at my site. I know you will benefit from all the delightful information and wonderful, new products I have to share with you guys. Read on and I’m sure you will enjoy yourselves.

HOW THIS STARTED

My name is Elaine. I have two great adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. A daughter who is almost 30 and a son 27. When they were younger they were plagued with many diapering problems such as sensitive skin, diaper rashes and constant out breaks of hives.

My granddaughter has many of the same problems but it has only been while she was in diapers. The funny thing is I have many nieces and nephews who all have kids and they also seem to complain of the same or very similar problems. My children and their friends have kids ranging in many different ages. Many of these friends are also reporting that their kids are having  most if not all of the same difficulties. Are you starting to see the same pattern that I’m seeing?

When I was younger and babysitting not many people complained of these issues and you can you guess why not? I personally think it was because most parents used cloth diapers then. No, they weren’t the pretty ones that are on this website. They were the plain white ones with no prints! I have used cloth diapers before they were popular and cute!

But anyway back to this post and the reason for writing it.

 

 

You are probably wondering why I’m telling you all this. Simply to state I have changed many diapers during my years and always wished there was a better way than just filling up the landfills with needless wasteful trash. Also, there must be a very simple solution to the constant diaper rash that babies were always getting from having that wet gel next to their super sensitive skin all the time.

Well I found the solution!! Cloth diapers just like my mama used back in the 1950s, only these are so much better. The ones my mama used only were white with the clear plastic covers that would crunch as you would move.

As shown below the diapers have covers that come in so many different bright colors and beautiful designs! (I personally like that idea) These wonderful diapers can even come in organic, natural, and unbleached materials. They can either be flat for those of you who like to fold or they can come pre-folded so you can just slip them right in to the water proof covers that come in those many different patterns and bright colors. Now when you dress your child up you can even have a diaper cover that coordinates with their clothes.

 

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

I am doing this for many reasons but mainly because I enjoy helping people.  Why do I enjoy helping others? That is a good question and it’s not something I have ever really thought about. I have just always done it, helping is just in my nature. Possible because I was the oldest child and had to care for my 2 younger sisters. But my mom didn’t work so that wasn’t it. I think I just have a caring heart because I did start babysitting at a young age simply because I enjoyed it.

As the old saying goes “Helping others is not just good for them but it will also benefits you as well”.  What I have always been told is that one good deed can turn into countless other good deeds!

 

 

MY PERSONAL GOALS

The goal of my website is to provide beneficial and worth while information so people can make clear and honest decision about the products they choose to use. With any review I write I will research thoroughly all information that I can find. As stated previously I will give my honest and unbiased review. At the end of a review if I add my own opinion I will state that it is just my thought.  This will also be the same for products and how-to posts.

 

 

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

All the best,

Elaine Smith

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