5.22.2012

What I'm using for the flats challenge

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!  

Curious about how I'm making it through the flats challenge without my modern cloth diapers and my wonderful washer and dryer?

Here's a breakdown of what I'm using on my son...

20 "flat" diapers: a mix of Swaddlebees, Osocozy, and Flour Sack Dish Towels
6 diaper covers: Flip and Palm Tree
2 Snappis to secure the flats
2 diaper pins (haven't attempted these yet)

And for laundry purposes...

Diaper sprayer
Diaper Pail, without a liner (one less thing to hand wash)
Tide detergent
My bathtub
My hands and feet (for scrubbing, wringing out, etc)
My dryer rack

The sun has also been wonderful for getting my flats dry quickly outside. Last night I dried some flats inside on the rack. I left the fan running and by morning, 12 hours later, they were dry.

I used 10 flats yesterday and washed twice. I don't think I need as many flats as I have and could probably do it comfortably with a dozen flats. I used 3 covers yesterday, so I would be okay with only having 3 or 4 available to me: one to wear, one drying, and one backup.

So far so good! Check back tonight for my reflections on today...no injuries so far!

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