About the Flats and Handwashing ChallengeKim at Dirty Diaper Laundry founded the Flats and Handwashing Challenge seven years ago as a way to bring awareness that cloth diapers are a valid option for families in need, struggling to provide diapers for their baby.
"Our aim is not to say that every poor family facing the supremely difficult choice of buying diapers or food should use cloth diapers. That would be short-sighted of us to think it's an answer for every family. The flats challenge is a way to show that for families willing and able, babies can be diapered for less than $100 or even $50 and without owning a washing machine. It is a viable option for families who are in homes without washing machines and an effective one." ~Kim Rosas, Dirty Diaper Laundry
Why Flat Diapers?
Flat cloth diapers are easy to care for. With only one layer of fabric, flats are easy to handwash and quick to dry! Even the smallest stash of flat cloth diapers works well as they only take a few hours to dry in the warm sun or overnight indoors.
Flat cloth diapers are easily accessible. Flats can be found in your local cloth diapering boutique, but can also be found in the kitchen aisle at your local big box store labeled as Flour Sack Towels. A DIY project to create your own flats stash can be completed in minutes using materials found around your home.
While modern cloth diapers, like pockets and all in ones, are excellent diapering options, the simplicity of flats is something to fall in love with. We have quite the eclectic cloth diaper stash, but from the newborn stage to potty training, I've always been a fan of flat diapers. I fell in love with flat cloth diapers when I took the challenge in 2012 with my first born. I was impressed with how easily it is to use flat diapers, something that seemed so intimidating to me prior to the challenge. And handwashing was something that only took minutes each day.
Families all over the world have discovered that flat cloth diapers and handwashing are viable options for cloth diapering and many families are using this as a full time solution for diapering their baby.
The ChallengeJoin me and hundreds of other families as we challenge ourselves to use flat diapers for one week. Not only will we set aside our modern cloth diapers, but we'll skip the washing machine too! It's a week of handwashing and line drying to get our flat diapers clean.
Each day will have daily blog prompts for bloggers to follow and share their experience. Individuals can share and follow along on social media using #flatschallenge and #bringingflatsback.
Are you up for a challenge? Rules and a sign up form will be posted in the coming weeks. I know many of you may be wondering how things will be different with a new host, but I promise this year's challenge will keep the same spirit and flow of what Dirty Diaper Laundry has done in the past. See more info on past challenges here.