We eat cloth eggs

That statement might warrant some explanation.

Back at the beginning of February, we switched to cloth diapers.  It only made sense to switch to cloth wipes as well.  We have gradually begun to do other “crunchy” things as well: washing our hair with baking soda/vinegar, using baking soda/cornstarch/tea trea oil for homemade deoderant, making our own laundry soap, growing a garden, line drying all of our clothes.  But it all started with cloth diapers.

And hence a new definition of “cloth” was born in our house:

cloth – (adj.) 1. organic, natural or unprocessed; 2. old-fashioned; 3. re-usable or non-consumable; 4. homemade in origin

Some changes were met with a less-than-enthusiastic reception.  Children were heard to wail, “Next thing you know, we’ll be eating cloth food!”

And so, we now eat cloth eggs.  We noticed a neighbor’s sign for fresh eggs at the bargain price of $1.25/dozen, and jumped on the opportunity!  Unfortunately they only have 6 laying hens, so they can hardly provide for all of our egg needs, but we’re enjoying whatever they can spare while we make plans for a coop and flock to provide all the cloth eggs we can eat.  I suppose the coop will be cloth as well, since we’re building it ourselves.  And now that I think of it, we live in a cloth house.

We are also looking forward to cloth vegetables from our garden, though I’m suddenly rather excited about starting some bean & alfalfa sprouts, perhaps since our salad greens are languishing sadly in the heat already.  I think this qualifies as cloth food, though the children remember Grandma B’s sprouts fondly.  We’re making homemade bread rather frequently these days, though we’re sadly neglecting our whole grain wheat and grinder.  I think even white bread, when homemade, qualifies as cloth bread.  At the moment, I’m making my first batch of English muffins in nearly 20 years.

It’s not just food, though.   We have greatly reduced our use of paper plates, relying more heavily upon our cloth plates.  We also use cloth napkins – really!

And Kaitlyn has become quite adept at sewing, providing her younger sisters with cloth clothes.

What’s cloth in your house?


  1. Maybe you can get some cloth chickens for your cloth coop if you can find someone in your area who has unwanted fertilized eggs that hatched… Craigslist usually is a pretty good resource for those. 🙂

    We love our cloth eggs, which is why we got more chickens this year! We have cloth deoderant as well, cloth “lotion”, cloth bread, cloth veggies (most of the time), we tried cloth toothpaste once (that was just okay), and we bake our own bread and line dry in the summer and i’m getting better at sewing cloth skirts. There’s lots to work towards still, though.

    Congrats on going granola!

    Oh yes, we also eat cloth granola.

  2. I was just thinking last night about your greens “languishing in the heat.” Are those boxes in full sun? I know every herb and veg says “full sun” in the instructions, but you do live in south Texas. When I was there, the best looking gardens were at least half-shade. Also, I wondered about maybe piling straw around the outside of the boxes to help insulate the earth inside. Being in containers, they are more exposed to the heat than they would be in the ground. And of course, a good mulch on top.
    Hope this helps.

    • MamaOlive,
      Yes, we’ll be providing some sort of shade soon. Our deck doesn’t have a roof, but we plan to hang some canvas shades over the garden portion at least. I might even bring my greens into the house, though I haven’t yet decided if we can spare the space.

  3. Here! Here! We LOVE “cloth”! 🙂

  4. People of the cloth- unite! Gives new meaning to “Man of the cloth.”

    I’m a cloth wanna be . The DH isn’t so keen on giving up industrialism, but he’s okay with learning new skills so we inch forward little by little. He has okay’d chickens but he’s a little scared about it. (His crazy wife is having another one of her crazy ideas!)

  5. Katie,
    We don’t do many of the cloth gifts yet, though we certainly should get to work on that! It would require planning ahead, which is definitely an area where we need work!

    I’ll post the recipe for English muffins once we work the bugs out. They turned out delicious, but the recipe itself needs details. Ours were too small, too thick, and I cooked them too quickly so it was hard to get them done all the way through.

  6. Would you mind to share your recipe for Eng. muffins? We eat a lot of them and I was thinking we should try to make them. You could email me if you want…or just post it =) Thanks! We have cloth eggs, shampoo, detergents, food, garden, line-drying clothes…I guess almost the same as you. Plus, we bike a lot! I have a bike blog too, and this summer’s goal is to log 200 miles. I somehow don’t think it will be that easy when we have more kids though…

  7. Oh, please we are way ahead of you…have the chickens to prove it. If they live in the neighbors barn, it’s really not our fault.

    Did you know you were nominated for the peopleschoiceawards.com?

    better get the word out.

  8. I’m with you, theresa. It was quite a mental jump to try the cloth feminine pads, but once used, never goin’ back! I also invested in a keeper/moon cup. It is such a relief to have everything I need for the next 10 years of feminine needs in one eensy little zippered bag!

    The other item I’m totally sold on now is family cloth (tp). It seems to be a huge mental jump for people, but really! its the same thing as cloth wipes for baby. When I realized I was sold on family cloth was when my supply was all in the wash, and I had to use some “regular” tp, and I just didn’t feel nearly so clean. I have learned some tips that make this work much better, but I won’t belabor the point unless someone wants me to. (My husband and son are sold too!)

    Let’s see, we use “cloth” shampoo (aka baking soda, etc), cloth napkins, “cloth” dishes, “cloth” toothpaste, “cloth” cat litter, I sew my own cloth clothes and home accessories… I’m sad to report that “cloth” deoderant didn’t work for me, and haven’t had the time to retry the “cloth” laundry detergent. Next on the list: “cloth” lotion.

  9. Let’s see, I grind wheat for “cloth” flour – and bread, biscuits, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, etc… We eat cloth eggs and cloth chickens, turkeys, garden produce. We get cloth beef locally, gleaned organic cloth potatoes last year and put up some cloth corn from a friend. I use cloth cleaning products and some personal hygiene products (aspiring to some deodorant, soon). Oh, and I get black-market “cloth” milk from a neighbor. And do a lot of sewing. And built my own mobile chicken hoophouse.

    Sheesh, no wonder I’m tired! 😀

  10. How do you make english muffins? Sounds interesting!! I’d love some cloth ones:) We’ve jumped on the cloth diaper train, and are seriously thinking about the laundry soap and no-shampooing. Oh yeah, and also joined Samaritan Ministries!! Thanks for the info on them. We were needing to change insurance and at a loss as to what to do. What a blessing!!!

  11. I think you covered it. We won’t do our own eggs, we’re in city limits and NO livestock of any kind allowed, but our friend gives us her eggs (woohoo!) We do garden, since we have a double lot and lots of room.

    I never thought I’d see the day, but dh started using a salt deodorant, and he loves it. 😀

  12. cloth feminine pads, really, they are great! i would not switch back to paper, the flannel is so comfy.

  13. haha! I love it! Our family is also starting out down the “cloth” path… We live within city limits in a town that forbids “fowl” to be raised within their limits, so unfortunately that’s out for us. 🙁 We did seriously consider it though!
    We’ve got a grain mill and whole grains. I enjoy making bread and sewing my own clothes. My sister has started buying raw milk for her family and LOVES it.

    I have really appreciated your accounts of “detoxing” from shampoo use. I’d like to become shampoo-free too one day, but I’m not there yet. I have a fairly sizable amount of shampoo in my “reserves” so I’ll have to wait until that’s used up before I try anything new. (It would really be a conflict of interests to waste the supplies already possessed in order to begin maintaining a less wasteful lifestyle! ;))

  14. That is so funny and probably the sentiment of my family too, but we all enjoy making these cloth items together. We are also trying to make more “cloth” gifts to give, what does your family do for gifts?

  15. Kimarie says:

    Hahaha! Too funny! I’d better not let my children read this. Sometimes I think we’re the only ones trying to do EVERYthing ourselves, – this is encouraging. We also eat cloth eggs – and cloth wheat sprouts is my latest thing – makes wonderful cloth bulgur for breakfast. Then again – I should pass this on to my children – they’ll get SO much mileage out of it! 🙂

  16. well lets see, clothes, bedding, and uum towels and wash cloths thats pretty much it.

  17. COOL…hubby is building a coop for us so we can have cloth eggs as well 🙂 We also just purchased cloth napkins! Do you use the homemade laundry detergent on your diapers as well? I made some years ago but found it did not get the clothes really clean. So I use Tide Free and use a lot less than they tell you to.

  18. We have been making bread for years, but I have been trying to bake a large batch every week. This morning my 16 yos and I planted a few herbs. I hope my dear husband will be able to get some garden areas tilled this weekend so we can plant a garden again. I try to cook homemade as much as possible, only buy meat when it is reduced or on sale, or has a good bulk price. I am hoping to can more foods this summer instead of freezing them, so am looking for more canning supplies. Need to convert to the cloth diapers and have a huge stash of them, but need diaper covers and they are so very pricey!

    We make homemade muffins, biscuits, pancakes and waffles and even make homemade syrup! We do, however, occasionally break open a box of cake mix purchased on sale of course!

    Clean with vinegar and dust with a mixture of olive oil and vinegar. Looking for more frugal tips as well.

  19. Too cute! 🙂 We’re hoping for some cloth eggs and veggies soon too.

  20. I love it! Have you read about my “cloth” oven? http://shipfullofpirates.com/

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