If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!
Day 4: How I’m doing- My thoughts on handwashing
So far, things have been going really great. Like, really really really great. I think I picked the right kid to go with flats (only one of my 3 is doing the Flats Challenge) because we haven’t had a leak yet (even overnights!) and his poops have been few and solid, so washing has been a breeze.
Which brings me to the washing. I don’t mind handwashing.
Then again, I don’t mind poop. I don’t own a diaper sprayer and after 3 years of cloth diapering, I really don’t see the point. We dunk and swish and sometimes have to do a little scrub but really…it’s *just* poop. That’s what soap is for. Right?
So today was my regular diaper washing day and I had high hopes to get all of the cloth diaper laundry out for a good sunning. But it was cloudy. And it looked like rain. So I tossed my flats and covers into the tub to soak and threw the pockets and prefolds into the washing machine for a rinse cycle.
Then I got the boys on the bus, drained the bathtub, added clean water and a little Biokleen and got to washing.
I washed, I rinsed, I tossed the clean flats and covers into their basin and checked on the washing machine.
It was still on the rinse cycle. They sky was still grey so I put Judah down for a nap and headed downstairs to get busy with the chalkboard paint.
I painted labels on all of our bins (two coats), plus a nice big space above my desk (also two coats). I heard the washer stop so I ran upstairs, added detergent and started the wash cycle.
I did dishes. I folded laundry. The wash cycle ended and I ran it through again for one more good rinse. The boys got off the bus. We had lunch. The big boys went down for a nap and the sun (hallelujah) came out.
The washer finally ended it’s third and final cycle and I trudged outside with all of my diapers to hang them out to dry.
It took me no longer than 15 minutes of actively washing my diapers by hand (they soaked for probably 20 minutes) and it took the better part of 3 hours to run through my regular wash routine for everything else.
Talk about a time suck!
If we used flats all the time, you can bet your Bum Genius I would be washing by hand every single load. The energy savings alone would be phenomenal.
So, that’s where I’m at. Flats rock and handwashing is going great.
So, tell me- are you afraid to touch poop or do you just get in there and get it done?