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?