By Emma Black, Small Business Owner & Mum, Mix Plumbing.
Cloth nappies. Like many of you reading this, I’m a convert. They’re great for the environment, your wallet and your soul in general, really. However the downside for me came when my daughter started solids. Things got messy. Very messy. So I looked in to cloth nappy hoses as an option. What’s a nappy hose you may ask? Good question – basically it’s a handy hose that can be attached to the toilet cistern to wash poo off cloth nappies easily.
Now before I proceed I must declare I have a total bias as we fit and install cloth nappy hoses. However, the last thing I want to be is a pushy salesperson, so here’s my angle: I tell you a bit about my experience using cloth nappies, what I’ve found helpful, a bit about cloth nappy hose options, a little bit about what we do, and you take what you want, leave what you don’t….. OK by you? Then read on.
Earlier this year my husband and I started our business. Being MCN users, we’d planned to install a nappy hose, and to test this out as a product/service we would offer. The nappy hose went in a few weeks ago. Here’s my take on it….. It is BRILLIANT.
Regardless of where you get it from, a cloth nappy hose is super handy; It essentially prevents the need for wipes and liners, and helps to keep the fabric of you nappies intact. As a bonus it also helps to protect your plumbing from ‘flushable’ liner clogs & is good for the environment.
Now I do understand that the extent to which having a cloth happy hose will change your life depends very much on the degree to which your little one’s solids are, in fact, solid (we have a consistent ‘soft-spreader’ on our hands). Those of you lucky enough to be able to do a quick ‘pop’ of a neat solid package into the toilet my not need this kind of apparatus. However if you are interested, here are your CNH options:
- Hardcore DIY – get the parts from your local hardware store & do it yourself. There are plenty of websites to show you how to do this. The downside for me with this is that you don’t get a warranty and in my opinion it doesn’t look all that nice. Not an issue if it’s going to be hidden away or if you’re not too fussed about appearance. But if you’re not great with plumbing (like me) it can take a while. The upside, it is cheap and for those confident to play around with plumbing, a relatively straightforward DIY option.
- Self-install – buy a cloth nappy hose and install it yourself. The ‘Little Squirt” is Australian owned & made and you can buy it online though many cloth nappy suppliers. The downside for me with this one again is that is it plastic but it is definitely neater than the DIY version, albeit more expensive. Again if you’re not confident with plumbing it can take a while to install. The upside is that it is Australian made, comes with a warranty and you can shop for it online (I’m pretty sure I’ve become Australia Post’s #1 customer since becoming a Mum – online shopping convert!).
- Supply & Install – this is what we do. We’ve sourced a local product that comes with manufacturer’s warranty. It has a shiny chrome finish, has its own hook which also acts as a tap to turn the water supply on & off. I reckon it looks pretty schmick. Of course given we are in the business of plumbing, it is installed by a Licensed Plumber (my husband – unlike me, very good with plumbing!). Upside is that there is zero work on your part (a phone call or email will suffice) & a guarantee of good workmanship free from leaks or possible damage to your plumbing. Downside to this is that it is the more expensive option (though possibly not by much if you are purchasing an existing unit & having it shipped) as it involves labour as well as product. We have tried to keep this cost reasonable, as we know that most of us MCN users are conscious of budget as well as environment. If you’d like to know more visit http://mixplumbing.com/nappy-hoses/ , we have prices for services listed here. Ok I’ve tried my best to be unbiased but I am quite aware there aren’t many downsides listed for this last option. Possibly because I think it’s a pretty darn good product & deal….. And also likely a slight “rather- invested-in-this-option” bias.
Whichever way you go, here’s what you need to be able to install a cloth nappy hose:
- A toilet
- An exposed inlet cistern (see below for a picture). To install a cloth nappy hose this is the little bit of hardware that you need to connect to. If you don’t have one like this, you can’t connect a hose in this way.
So there you have it – my two cents on cloth nappy use & how a nappy hose can help to manage some of the less glamorous aspects. If you’re interested in our product, get in touch. If you’re not but have found this useful anyway, brilliant . Take care and best of luck with your MCN adventure!
Emma Black, Small Business Owner & Mum, Mix Plumbing.
Like the sound of having a nappy sprayer supplied and installed at your house by Emma’s hubby, Michael at Mix Plumbing? If you live in metropolitan Melbourne it could happen! Just leave a comment below letting us know why you’d like a nappy hose at your place and your suburb. One person (chosen by Mix Plumbing) will have a nappy hose installed at their house FREE! All you have to do in exchange is write up your ‘road test’ experience and review after you’ve had a chance to put it through its paces! Entries close November 21, 2016.