Image: Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade + Organic Castile Liquid Soap (Peppermint)

I use the peppermint Dr Bronner's as a natural bug spray.

I swear it works.

If I find ants in the kitchen or something, I kill them and wash the area with Dr. B's and they *don't* come back.

I just squirt some on a sponge directly from the bottle and wipe the area and rinse it well.

I *have* heard of people diluting it and putting it in a spray bottle and actually spraying with it, but I don't do that.

Thanks to Wendy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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I do not use a diaper pail, I just put my used cloth diapers straight into the washing machine with no water (I have a front loading).

Then every two days I do a rinse and short spin the diapers with cold water (and a bit of vinegar).

Image: Rockin Green Cloth Diaper and Laundry Detergent (Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer), 16oz - gets rid of stinky smells while keeping you green - Suitable for both cloth diaper and general household laundry

Then do a hot wash with organic detergent (only a TBSP).

Hang the diapers to dry and start all over again.

Any smell is trapped in the washing machine and I never usually need to do laundry more often then every two days so it works out perfectly.

Thanks to Mandy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Before you go into labour, buy some of those disposable ice-cube bags. Trim to fit and round off edges.

Fill only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick with water and seal. Place in your freezer, and they will be all ready when you need them!

After baby is born, if you had an episiotomy, you will find these ice-packs wonderfully healing.

Image: Cryopak Flexible Ice Pack for Lunch Boxes (2 pack) - ideal to help relieve muscle pain and swellingSimply take one out of the freezer, wrap in a old, small hand-towel that you don't need any more. Place this ice pack inside your underpants, against your stitches.

The individual pockets of ice make it flexible enough to mold to your body, and the cool ice will relieve your discomfort!

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Image: 8 weeks 4 days in a prefold cloth diaper and Snappi
Have you wasted your money on cheap department store prefolds?

The kind that baby is soaked through in 20 minutes?

Do you throw up your hands and go back to disposables?

Not if you are a frugal mom!!

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Just get some 100% cotton kitchen or bar towels - for medium absorbency - or hand (guest-size) towels - for heavy absorbency. Used towels are just fine.

Layer and sew one towel on top of each of your prefolds. You can simply use a zig-zag stitch all around, trimming off any excess.

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Or, if you don't have a sewing machine, it is easy enough to hand stitch across the top and bottom of each diapers, using a running stitch, and don't bother trimming off the excess.

If time is at a premium, put a pile of diapers and towels next to your favourite chair and work on a diaper or two a night, while you watch TV.

Now you have a stack of super-absorbent diapers for your baby!

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Need a diaper cover in a hurry, and they're all in the wash!? I used to keep vinyl pull-on pants around for just such an emergency!

They are all in the wash too?? Use a plastic bag!

Cut a T-shape out of a grocery bag for a baby under about 16 lbs., or a kitchen garbage bag for a bigger baby.

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Cut the bottom part of your T about 10" (25cm) wide on the bottom fold of the plastic bag. This is the crotch part of your emergency diaper cover.

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Cut the top part of your T across the width of the plastic bag. This will be the waist ties.

Make your T about 8" (20cm) high for small, 10" (23cm) high for medium or 13" (33cm) for large.

Image: Angel wrapCut the sides of your "T" curved, for better coverage. Cut open the waist ties, so you can tie it on over baby's diaper.

Ties can be about 20" (51cm) long for small, 23" (58cm) for medium or 27" (69cm) for large.

Trust me, it sounds more complicated than it is . . .

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When you open up the cover, you should have a giant H shape.

Place a folded prefold diaper inside, place baby on top, and tie at each side of baby's waist.

Image: Angel wrapIf you really like this style of diaper cover, you can cut some more out of waterproof, rip-stop nylon for no-sew, indestructible, washable tie-on diaper covers.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: breastfeeding by sdminor81, on Flickr
Have you tried using the disposable nursing pads yet?

I really didn't like them, they were uncomfortable, they slid around inside my bra, showed thru my clothing and my skin would stick to them, making me more sore then I already was!

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Here's a simple idea to make your own reusable nursing pads!

Take an old all-cotton T-shirt, and cut it up into 6" (15cm) circles or even into a heart shape.

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Place 3 to 6 circles or hearts on top of each other and sew two rows of stitching near the outer edge, about 1/8" (3mm) apart, to prevent the edges from unraveling.

These make very comfortable nursing pads, that won't slid around as much inside your bra.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: first recycled soakerJust wanted to share with someone who understands: tonight I made Benjy the cutest wool soaker out of a shrunken wool sweater vest.

I got the vest at a thrift store for $1.99.

I washed it on hot to felt it even more.

I used a pair of nylon pull-on pants as a pattern, and made the soaker in about an hour or less.

He's been wearing it all evening and I've changed several wet dipes, but the soaker isn't wet.

The vest was a heather gray lambswool from Old Navy, so he's looking very fashionable right now! :o)

I think I am going to make a bunch of these.

Thanks to Elissa for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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I bought my foldable drying rack for less than $15.

But if you can't use a clothes line because of neighborhood restrictions, you might want to try what I did.

I bought a retractable clothesline and hung it on my deck railing, I only have it extended when I am using it.

Or try the new antislip clothesline, you can use hangers on it too, and just roll it up when you aren't using it.

Plus nobody else can see my dipes because they hang below the deck railing.

Works great for me!

Thanks to Heather for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Baby sleeping in a Rubbermaid bin

An idea for homemade baby wipes is to get a Rubbermaid container, with a tight fitting lid.

Fill it with dry cotton squares (or rounds), the kind you use for removing your make-up.

Then add a few squirts of baby oil, and fill the container with warm water.

Close the container until you need a fresh wipe.

They work just as well as the store bought wipes, but are cheaper, and this way you can be sure of what is touching your baby's skin.

Thanks to Sherri for this great Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Baby sleeping in a Rubbermaid bin, by Jeff_Werner, on Flickr
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