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Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 4 Comments »

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.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

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.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4

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?

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4 Comments on “Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 4”

  1. 1 Anu said at 9:06 am on May 24th, 2012:

    Meh, poop isn't that bad…though I did splurge for an on sale sprayer because its awesome for getting the crushed in poop bits off of my kiddo's daycare diapers. You couldn't spread/lodge the poop in better if you were trying!
    My recent post F&HC DAY 4: How I’m Doing

  2. 2 Justine said at 9:32 am on May 24th, 2012:

    How do you wash your diapers…. I know the soaking and stuff but you say you add bioklean and start washing how do you actively wash your diapers I would like to know I use flats sometimes and i hate the energy suck that washing my pockets in the machine takes so I was thinking about trying to switch to my flats most of the time 🙂

  3. 3 Melissa @ SNC said at 1:28 pm on May 24th, 2012:

    I'm not a big fan of touching poop, but I've been using the dunk and swish method for rinsing poop the entire time I've cloth diapered. I did get a pair of rubber gloves several months ago, and that has really lessened the "eeeww" factor for me.

  4. 4 Hannah VW said at 11:29 pm on May 24th, 2012:

    I'm doing the challenge too but my son doesn't have any solids yet so it's not so bad. I figure dollar bills have more germs on them than toilets, and we touch money all the time. Soooo, as long as I wash my hands afterwards I'm not afraid of a small amount of poop residue on my hands.
    My recent post Can I "Kish" Them?

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