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Cloth diapers would save money

When my children were born in 1966 and 1968, disposable diapers were available, but we certainly could not afford them. I also found that they were much more expensive than making small payments on a washing machine to Sears. We were living in a small two-bedroom rented house in Florida, so I admit the weather was usually conducive to drying diapers outside. However, we didn't have a lawn mower and I did have to wade through tall sand spurs to hang them up. When it rained for days I had to lay them all over the house to dry. I understand that these people do not usually own washing machines, but I think it would make more sense to provide them with one every five years or so, than to pay for disposable diapers. They could also wash their own clothes save money at the laundromat. It would also be better for the environment and landfills. I certainly do not wish to criticize anyone for wanting clean diapers for their babies. I just want to point out that it is possible for the poor to use cloth diapers. They did it for generations before we had disposables. Was my generation and worse off for it?

Jeanne Wolchansky

Easley, SC

Jan 8 2014 - 8:29pm