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September 20, 2011
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I was wondering, if I can't find hankies in thrift stores or antique shops, I guess I could make some? http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-.....ndkerchief

The website says that old bandanas and pillow cases can be used...what other fabric could I use?

Too bad I didn't keep my mom's old fabrics - everything was donated to Centraide (it's like Good Will) - well at least it wasn't wasted.

September 21, 2011
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Alice, check out all the comments in these two posts.  Tons of ideas:

 

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2.....e-kleenex/

 

/2010/03/kleenex-neti-pots-twitter-and-facebook/

September 24, 2011
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Thanks for the links!  So many posts you don't know where to look!  Hehe.

September 24, 2011
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You could go to any fabric store and feel the inventory until you find something that would be soft and smooth against your face.  Yardage is packaging-free!

February 17, 2012
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I just read this old post about hankies. I was able to buy a few from a thrift store along with a couple of new ones. All of them leaked onto my hand during a really bad cold. I recommend a thicker organic cotton material. Then I bought a hankie from a website that sells material feminine products that absorbs really well. I think that it would be much cheaper to buy the material off the bolt at a material store.

February 28, 2012
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I cut up old t-shirts - they're soft and they don't unravel in the wash, so you don't need to hem them Laugh.  I just double 'em up if I'm really snotty. 

June 29, 2012
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We use (cut up) old bed sheets & cloth diapers - don't worry, they're thoroughly cleaned! Smile

July 11, 2012
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Marie, are your cloth diapers the "old fashioned" kind? A square of material that gets pinned? If so, where did you find them? I have been searching for that type and cannot find them anywhere.

July 11, 2012
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Hi Jeannemara.  Do you mean flat diapers?  Here's a link to some info and options:

http://www.kellyscloset.com/Fl.....c_808.html

 

But I'll bet you could find them secondhand.  Try the "Prefolds & Flats" forum on Diaper Swappers:

http://www.diaperswappers.com/......php?f=154

 

Or you could try requesting them locally through Craigslist or Freecycle.

(I owe any diaper knowledge I have to Calley Pate from The Eco Chic blog because she filled me in on all of this when I was writing my book.  There are more cloth diaper resources listed in the book, by the way.)

July 13, 2012
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Yes regular pinned nappies/diapers .. My oldest child is 21, so half were bought then, and the rest when I had my now 11yr old :P 

 

I'm in New Zealand so my sources probably won't help you but hopefully Beth's do .. If not, I'd suggest picking up a 2nd hand bed-sheet, or flannelette shirts work well too (anything soft & absorbent), giving them a good hot wash to kill bacteria, then chop it up and you'll have more hankies than you could ever need ..

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