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8th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge SURVEY RESULTS

Just a few short months ago we completed the 8th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. I have been busy with a new baby, a new house and getting used to being a mama of 3. I finally found that magical spot today where everyone napped at once! Hallelujah! To celebrate I tallied up the final survey results and can't wait to share them with you!

This year we had 212 participants sign up for the Challenge. Of those, 143 completed the survey (about 67%). And then 64% of those that completed the survey said they completed the Challenge. The information presented in the graphics below represents the answers from the survey.

If you're new to the Flats and Handwashing Challenge and would like to learn more, please start here.

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Here's some feedback from this year's participants:

"Unfortunately, with graduations, baseball and work, I didn’t have time to hand wash, but I still CDed my kid. I think CDing is doable by anyone, but you have to take into account your life/work schedule. Not being a SAHM at this time makes this challenge almost impossible time wise. I need sleep and still have other household responsibilities." - Kayla
"This is my second time participating in the challenge. The first time prepared me for when our washer and dryer broke and I had to hand wash everything for a couple of months. This time I learned more about using other items, such as shirts, as diapers and how to use flats for a heavy wetter. Now I just need to learn how to make it tight enough to hold all of the poop in!" -Ashley
"It was a wonderful experience and learned a lot. I have Fibromyalgia and the washing did increase my pain some, but not as much as expected. I did all the washing except the last day my husband helped some. Using breaks and the salad spinner really helped me keep my pain from getting to bad. I’m so happy I took part in this wonderful challenge!! I look forward to doing the challenge again next year." -Jennifer
"I didn't expect the washing to be so fast and easy but I also didn't expect the rinsing and wringing to be so difficult. Overall I'm more satisfied with how clean my diapers smell, and I plan to do the washing by hand and use my machine only for the rinse and spin. My wash routine used to take close to 2 hours, and now it will be about 30 minutes. I also want to set up a nicer area outside to hang up my laundry as I really prefer the energy savings now that I've seen how easy it is." - Alexandra
Thank you for following along with this year's Challenge! If you missed the Challenge or were unable to participate, we'd love for you to join us in 2019 for the 9th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge taking place in the spring.

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