So have you ever wondered how much a diaper insert can hold? Well maybe you haven't, but I have. And because we own a kitchen scale, and I cloth diaper, and I am a science geek - I thought what the heck. Let's try these out. So I placed a bowl of water on the scale and then dunked each insert into the water. I let it drip back into the bowl until the insert was soaking but no longer dripping. I figured this would be a rough estimate of how much the different inserts could hold. And I was a bit surprised by what I found.
So here are my super precise (hah -but at least done equally for each insert) measurements.
GoGreen microfiber insert: 240 grams (8 oz)
Size 1 Thirsties duo insert-just the MF half: 125 gm (~4 oz)
BumGenius MF insert: 310 gm (10.5 oz)
And here is a caveat about the microfiber- it soaks a ton but as soon as you touch it/put pressure on it, the water leaks out. So it is not really as absorbent as I measure. The BG held 10.5 oz, but once I compressed it just a bit to the point where it wouldn't compress super easy - it was holding 215 gm (7.5 oz).
And now for the hemp and bamboo.
Size 1 Thirsties duo insert-hemp half: 100 gm (3.5 oz)
Thirsties large hemp insert: 170 gm (~6 oz)
Joey Bunz size medium: 385 gm (13 oz)
Bamboo Terry Motherease Sandy's insert size large: 170 gm (~6 oz)
Hugga Buns Bamboo flat: 300 gm (10 oz)
Hemp Babies doubler (hemp/cotton mix): 110 gm (3.5 oz)
And the hemp and bamboo didn't really compress. So what I measured is close to what you get for absorbency.
And for fun. I bought some microfiber cleaning cloths from Lowes. I read that some people just use these cleaning cloths for inserts. So I thought I would see how they measure up.
Quickie Clean tan dusting/polishing: 260 gm (8.5 oz)
Quickie Clean yellow polishing: 220 gm (7.5 oz)
Quick Clean green kitchen/bath: 230 gm (7.5 oz)
And the interesting thing - the cleaning rags didn't compress nearly as easily as the MF diaper inserts. If you tri-folded them, the dusting or polishing rags would actually still be thinner than a normal MF insert. And they cost $2.80 each. So now I may start using them! I did notice that they bleed a bit, so I will wash them a ton just so they don't transfer color to the white inserts.
So now for bedtime, we use a joey bunz or a hugger buns with a GoGreen MF insert and no more leaks. Or combine a few of the others to get about 20 oz of holding power.
And that's my experiment.