You might have considered cloth diapers but abandoned the idea because of the daunting logistics of washing and drying them. Smarty Pants, a new, door-to-door cloth diaper service, offers Chittenden County parents a handy solution. For a flat fee of $25 or $35 per week, Smarty Pants will pick up your soiled diapers and drop off a clean batch. Add flannel wipes to the package for $4 a week, or use your own. In addition to the door-to-door service, Smarty Pants is a resource for cloth-diapering information — its website includes a section with how-to videos, cost comparisons and links to articles about the environmental impact of disposable diapers. "I wanted it to be as much of a resource as a business venture," says owner Cyndi Sullivan, the Burlington mompreneur behind Smarty Pants. She recently had commercial washing machines installed in her basement to tackle the nine-step wash process of soaking, soaping and flushing the cotton diapers, with water at one stage heated to 155 degrees. Sullivan and her husband cloth diapered their three kids, and she says she's happy to make it easier for others. Find out how to sign up at smartypantsvt.com, and watch the super-cute commercial Sullivan made with help from local friends.
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