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Do you suffer from allergies, like many others on a regular basis? You've tried all the medicines, ingredients, lotions, potions, you name it and these allergies are still waiting on you? An allergic reaction of the immune system to a substance, your body thinks it's bad for you.

 

When the body detects these foreign substances (called allergens), it releases a chemical in the blood (the most common of which is histamine), and these chemicals cause an allergic reaction you get; runny nose, watery eyes and skin rashes. The most serious allergy called anaphylaxis and can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, or even loss of consciousness.

Because the body will always react the same way to allergens every time, you cannot really do anything to getting rid of allergens.

 

There are some factors of allergens:-

  1. Allergens such as dust and pets.
  2. A diet low in omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids.
  3. Excessive stress.
  4. Foods like soy, eggs, nuts, Diary products and wheat.
  5. Irritants such as certain soaps, household cleaning products, clothing or cosmetics.
  6. The immune system imbalance.


Here are  tips getting rid of allergens:-

  1. Have a healthy diet and avoid foods that can cause allergies, such as dairy products and soy.
  2. Remove the spices and coffee from your diet.
  3. Moisturize the skin every day to prevent dryness.
  4. Taking vitamin A, C and E, which are necessary for healthy skin.
  5. Apply topical evening primrose oil can relieve itching and dry skin.
  6. Consideration of omega-3 fish oil can alleviate the symptoms associated with this condition.
  7. Avoid activities that will make you sweat.
  8. Practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress.

I like to think of myself as something of a cloth diaper washing expert. I can troubleshoot stinkies, strip diapers, and stain fight with the best of them.  Even in my spare time you can find me scouring the forums looking for mamas that need help finding the laundry love.  But foxing?  Foxing, you say?  I had NEVER heard of it.
Whilst on my nightly patrol of a certain cloth diaper forum, a mama posted that she was devastated by “foxing that had appeared in her stash”. Huh? I imagined little tiny foxes clinging to microfiber inserts and suede cloth liners with sharp claws and open jaws.  In all my years of cloth diapering and making cloth diaper detergent- I had never heard of foxing. Googling didn't help much. 
After some sleuthing, here is what I discovered and it is not nearly as cute ( or menacing) . 
"Irregular staining, called foxing, is known by its often circular rust/blood colored markings on fabric and other natural fibers.  In humid conditions foxing attacks the cloth producing the nutrients favored by molds present in the atmosphere. The cloth may sometimes be sterilized  or treated with a fungicide.. Some foxing stains may be removed by careful bleaching and washing, but this is a difficult technique requiring considerable knowledge of materials."

  Keeping our stash sparkling clean seems to be a top priority for almost all cloth diapering Mamas.  We dunk, and spritz, and sun, and scrub, and soak all in the name of a clean canvas for our little cherubs to poop on- beginning the cycle all over again.  Every now and again, though, we come across a stain that just cannot be conquered bringing us to our knees and ruing the day we ever let our little darlings eat a truck load of beets.  Don’t you fret, you stain fighting warriors! With a few tricks and a little know how, you can banish almost any stain. 

We all know the magical powers of sunning your diapers.  A wet diaper and a little lemon juice laid in the sun is a magical thing.  Decimated diapers are brought back to life in just a matter of hours.    Another method of stain removal is to take your lemon juice and make a thick paste using borax.  Slather this salve on your stains and let it sit for a few hours. Throw those dirty dipes in the wash and those stains will be running for the hills. Make sure to rinse your diapers well, as left over lemon juice can irritate little bums.  If you don’t have lemon juice or borax, you can make a paste out of your Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent and water and follow the same steps.

So many mamas email me with their hard water woes.  Out of all the questions and complaints about cloth diapering- hard water seems to be the lions share of the frustration.  More than 85% of households have hard water, making this a common issue for most cloth diapering moms. Knowing what type of water you have and how to best wash your diapers is key to successful cloth diapering.  

Let’s start off with “What is hard water?".  Hard water is water that has a lot of minerals in it.  Most often those minerals are from limestone and chalk deposits that leech into your water supply.  Areas of the country that have large underground naturally occurring deposits of limestone, chalk, and dolomite, like Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California, are notorious for hard water.   All of these minerals block the emulsifying action that soap detergents use to clean fabric, leaving a soap scum behind. 

Washing your diapers would not be possible- or a whole heck of a lot harder- without your trusty friend the washing machine.  Like their human counterparts, washers come in all sizes, shapes, colors, temperaments...heck –they even have cycles!  Just a little laundry humor…moving on!  Washers can be your best friends and your worst nightmare, but in most situations you can learn to work with what you’ve got! 

Every washer is different.  I get tons of questions about what washer I would recommend, what washer is best for cloth diapers, how do I wash my diapers in (insert random brand) washer…you get the picture.   My usual answer is “ I have no idea”.   What I do know is how to get the most out of your washer when it comes to getting diapers clean.  

There are 4 major variables in a washing routine regardless of what type of washer you own:  Amount of water you are using in your washer, The amount/type of detergent you are using in your wash routine, How much are the diapers being agitated, and finally the X factor, but we’ll get to that later.

Who's up for a fabulous giveaway of fluff and Ruby Moon?When Snuggli Bebe reached 200 fans and Ruby Moon reaches 700 fans we will be giving away a Snugli Bebe cloth diaper and a Bag of Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent! Here is how you can enter to win this awesome prize!
REQUIRED ENTRY: Become a fan on SB and RM fanpage AND post on wall which one of us sent you.  Leave some love!

ADD'L ENTRY: Post on SB wall another item from the Etsy shop that you like. Post on RM wall a scent you like the best.

ADD'L ENTRY: Mark SB Etsy Shop as a favorite on your Etsy profile. Follow RM blog.

Comment back here with all your entries and we will randomly draw the winner  when we have reached our goal!

Here is how you can enter to win our 2000 fan giveaway!
Here are your mandatory entries:
1. Friend Ruby Moon  on Facebook
2.Follow the Ruby Moon Blog 
3.Leave a comment about what you like best about Ruby Moon Natural detergents!
Extra Entries:
1.Buy something from our online store  -5 extra entries
2.Tweet our giveaway- 1 extra entry per tweet ( only 1 tweet per day!)
3.Review us on Diaper Pin!  3 extra entries
4.Post this giveaway on your favorite forum/social networking site/blog - 1 extra entry
5. Refer a friend- every friend you refer you get 1 extra entry

The winner will be drawn using the random number generator and posted on this blog.  The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize after the winner is posted
Have fun!!!.

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Our mission at Ruby Moon is to provide you with an affordable, gentle on the earth and your skin, tough on stains and odor, line of products. All of our products and packaging are made with natural and biodegradable ingredients.  We rigorously test our products and would never sell you anything that we wouldn't use on our own families.  

Our Story

We never thought we would be making laundry detergent.  But like a lot of things in life, necessity is the mother of invention.   After my daughter was born, I fell in love with two things- my gorgeous baby and her gorgeous cloth diapers.  However, my little one has eczema that was only made worse by the “baby” laundry detergent with it’s too-strong odor and harsh chemicals.  I couldn’t wash my diapers in the stuff- nor did I want to- but I couldn’t find ANYTHING in the grocery store that didn’t cause my diapers to leak or  ( unbelievably) stink even worse!  Not to mention the negative ecological impact all those chemicals had on our environment! SO, as we all do I went online to purchase the premier cloth diaper detergent.  I was so excited to use their products! Until,that is, I read the ingredients. Half of the label was vague, industrial, chemical sounding words that frankly- sounded just like the detergent I was running away from.  When I contacted the companies, they refused to tell me what exactly was in their products.  I am all for protecting your product’s formula- but this is my baby! What touches her more than her cloth diaper! I needed to know what was in the product I was buying.  I was at an impasse.  I had REALLY stinky diapers and a baby whose skin was not too happy about the detergent we were using.  I had a decision to make: Give up cloth diapering or make my own detergent.  I chose the latter.  After months of research and lots of laundry, I came up with a concoction that is safe for my babies tender skin, safe for my cloth diapers, and ecologically friendly.  I began sharing the detergents with friends, family, and other cloth diapering Mamas. They all raved about how clean their diapers and clothes were and encouraged me to go into business.  Opportunity knocks only so many times before it moves on to someone who will listen, so I decided to listen to all my laundry detergent lovers.  With the help of my family and tester/snuggler extraordinaire, Ruby Grace, Ruby Moon Natural Laundry was born.  Look at that gorgeous baby! I can't think of a better reason to make our families and the Earth a little healthier!

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