Monday, May 28, 2012

Oh, The Things That I've Learned...

I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all.  You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post.  This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!

I've not been able to get to the computer to blog about my experience EVERY day, but do not fear! I won't leave you hangin'... ;)

Day 5: What have I learned so far?

This has been an interesting week to say the least. Life has been a little busier than usual but I've still managed to stay true to the Challenge. Here are a few things I've learned so far:

1. Handwashing is easier and faster if I rinse each diaper well (even the ones that aren't soiled) before washing. 
2. It's even easier and faster if I let the dipes soak for an hour or longer (in my tub with door closed - out of the children's reach) after rinsing.
3. It's easier and faster still if I wash 6-8 diapers per load as opposed to 10-12 (and if my parents take my other two children for the weekend! ;)). 
4. I'm still not the biggest fan of handwashing diapers, but I would handwash before switching to disposables. 
5. I've finally mastered the origami fold! Not always the best for holding in blowouts, but it's growing on me... 
6. Cloth diapering is a viable option for families on a shoestring budget. It is doable without a washer/dryer at home, but it would be good to machine wash them a couple times a month to get them super clean. 
Baby C modeling a GMD flat that I successfully folded origami style (held on with Snappi)!

Check out how everyone else is doing with the Challenge!

Are you taking the Challenge? If so, what have you learned so far?
If not, would you ever try out flats and handwashing?


  1. Oh Baby! Lil C' looks like he loves flats. :) Good job Sis! You are brave. I will only try flats and handwashing if my hippy sister forced me.