Can we stop and talk about something serious?
Otherwise known as FLU, or Fluff Love and CD Science.
This group of dedicated mama’s try to make cloth diapering better for the greater good, but in my experience, they are trying to fit us all into a box we don’t fit into.
From what I ready, FLU claims to be a “cloth diaper science” and hold their acquired knowledge as being the end all and be all of cloth diapering, but is there really a science to cloth diapering?
Cloth diapering is not a science.
It’s just laundry.
If cloth diapering was a science, then maybe there would be a degree in Cloth Diapering? But I’ve checked, there isn’t one. Heck, they don’t even offer a training program on their website to get certified. I’m going to pursue a degree in Public Relations instead.
What do you do instead?
Common Sense, Trial & Error, and Parent Support. Most importantly, keep it simple and trust in yourself.
Every cloth diapering experience is riddled with variables based on your machine, water, detergent, and more.
Tired Mama, I know you don’t want to hear that. You’re already overwhelmed with which cloth diaper is the best, and now knowing that there is complexity in the wash routine. Please don’t let it push you over the edge, washing cloth diapers is easy. If you can wash dirty underwear, and work clothes, you can wash cloth diapers.
It’s simple, and that’s why I feel we need to question the strict nature of Fluff Love & CD Science and bring back cloth diapering simplicity.
If you need help with your cloth diapers the best place to start is with the retailer or manufacturer you bought them from. These dedicated men and women, work tirelessly to support the product they created and ensure a positive user experience. Don’t believe the allegations implying the opposite.
Yes, for a while brands were offering terrible advice about how to wash and care for your cloth diapers, but many of them have come around. If you’re sceptical of your brand’s advice, reach out to your local cloth diaper retailer because they will be more than willing to assist you. Best, they probably have some first-hand knowledge about your regional variances with water and detergent.
Nowadays, the mama’s I talk to feel overwhelmed that Fluff Love & CD Science offered them terrible advice about how to wash your cloth diapers, leaving a negative cloth diapering experience.
Cloth Diaper Laundry is not a one size fits all experience.
Fluff Love University plays with hard and fast rules without considering the wide array of possibilities. In their Facebook group, it is their way or the highway. Literally, because if you get caught offering practical advice outside of their guidelines, you will be censored and probably banned from the group.
20 Common Complaints about Fluff Love
Based on conversations, chatter, and real-life experiences, Fluff Love tends to offer this terrible advice suggestion leading to many of the following complaints….
- “I have a FL routine, but… “
- Too Much Detergent.
- Tide or the Highway.
- Too Many Water Softeners.
- Super Long and Complex Routines.
- Leading to Stinky Diapers and rashes.
- Leading to Broken Washing Machines.
- Void warranties on some brands of cloth diapers.
- Inability to budge on Fluff Rules when things don’t work.
- percieved as judgemental, rude and unhelpful.
- Admin is a group of clique-y gossiping peeps.
- complete denial of facts offered from experienced brands, and manufacturers.
- Using GroVia Mighty Bubbles Against package directions.
- Crazy Bleach Protocols.
- Constant Need to Strip your Diapers.
- The Myth of Build Up.
- Sometimes your post gets lost and ignored in a sea of questions.
- The reason some people give up.
- Don’t advertise an FLU routine when trying to sell diapers if you want to sell them because sometimes it’s not worth the effort to restore that cloth diaper.
- Constantly pushing cheap pocket cloth diapers. I don’t think pocket cloth diapers are an easy answer for parents, but you can learn more here.
And those are just a few of the complaints, I’ve heard on the internet.
If you’re struggling with your Fluff Love Routine because your cloth diapers stink, your routine takes forever, and you’re burning through detergent quicker than disposables, then question the advice you were given.
FLU is not the ONLY expert in the cloth diaper industry.
Many retailers, brands and bloggers adamantly speak out against their advice in support of a more practical and supportive cloth diapering experience.
Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.
Where Can I Go For Help?
- Cloth Diaper Retailer you purchased from.
- Cloth Diaper Brand you purchased from.
- Cloth Diaper Bloggers who like talking about wash routine – check out this post by the Monarch Mommy
- Talk to other moms you know who cloth diaper?
- Experiment yourself, and practice a little bit of “science.”
- Supportive Facebook Groups.
- Maybe you have a local or regional cloth diaper group and other moms can lend advice about what works for you.
- Other generic cloth diapering groups.
- Trust in yourself. It’s just a load of laundry.
- You can also email people directly, like if you’re curious about how to best use a detergent. Guess what, Tide is totally awesome at providing support for their product. You can also ask Clorox about how to use bleach and when it disinfects and when it doesn’t.
Want to read more on the varying opinions against Fluff Love?
- Baby Centre Post Circa 2015.
- Fluff Love Unreliable? Reddit Circa 2015
- Dispelling Fluff Love CD Science. Diaper Swappers Circa 2016.
- Know of others, drop a link. I love linking up to people.