Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Flats & Handwash Challenge: Day 2 - Flats and Covers and Clothespins, Oh My!

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!  

Today is Day 2 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge and it's going well! This morning I let MissE run around naked for a bit and then she wore a large flat fastened with her new pair of Boingo's coverless while I did the diaper laundry from yesterday. I used my wash board and washed 8 flats, a few wipes, and 4 covers. (I only used 2 covers yesterday, but I had 2 from the day before the challenge that I usually hand wash anyway so I threw them in with this load). The flats took about 2 hours to dry, all of the covers but the fleece took about 4, and I'm uncertain about the fleece cover because I forgot about it and left it out all day. For reference, I live in South Texas in a very humid climate (about 20 minutes from the beach) and it was about 90*F today. Sorry about the terrible iPhone photos.

Today we'll go over what all I'll be using for this challenge. I have shown everything I have available that I could use, but I'll be using less than half of it. I just haven't decided what to leave out yet which is why I've pictured everything. This most certainly wouldn't be the most economical route as one would only need a few covers and 1-2 dozen flats, the wash board isn't necessary, as well as a few other accessories. Hi, my name is Frieda and I'm addicted to fluff. ("Fluff" is the common term used for cloth diapers in the cloth-diapering world.)

1 Dozen Diaper Rite Large Bleached Flats
1 Dozen GMD Large Unbleached Flats
3 Unbleached OsoCozy Flats
5 Diaper Rite Small Unbleached Flats
24 Green Line Soakers (not pictured because I'm 99.999% sure they won't be used)
6 Green Line Doublers (not pictured for the same reason as the soakers)

2 EmotiBums Fleece Soakers
1 WAHM Fleece Soaker
3 GroVia Shells
4 RagaBabe Snapless 2-Step Shells
2 Green Line Fleece Inner Covers
5 Green Line Cotton Print Outer Covers
2 Wool Skirties knit by me
1 Wool Bloomers knit by me
2 My Eco Baby Upcycled Wool Soakers
1 Disana Wool Soaker

1 Pair of Boingo's Fasteners
2 Snappi Fasteners
Around 30 Cloth Wipes
3 Extra Large Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bags
1 Large Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bag
1 Medium Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bag
1 Small Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bag (not pictured because I can't find it)
Homemade Diaper Cream for overnight

Washing Equipment:
1 Maid-Rite Wash Board
1 Diaper Duck for soaking
Homemade Cloth Diaper Detergent
Umbrella Clothes Line (above photo)
Clothes Line (not pictured)
Clothes Pins (above photo)

Again, this is excessive and you do not need near as many covers, wet bags, or accessories to cloth diaper full time. I'm just a sucker for cuteness and I always feel the need to have too much than too little, I'd hate to run out for some reason! And just for fun, here's MissE in a GMD flat Boingo'd on with a mama-knit wool skirty and mama's favorite shirt! (Her shirt says, "Muggle" on the front in a Harry Potter font. I may have her wear it again this weekend to try to get a picture of the front.)

Edited to Add: This was how I found her when I went to bed that night:

If you'd like to see what other bloggers are using for the Challenge, click on any link below!


  1. You have lots of covers I've never heard of. Fun-looking ones though! I'm mostly using my Thirsties covers for the challenge. I bought them used and they're now on MY second child. So they're a little worn but working great. Also using a flip cover and 2 homemade ones. (I'm not in the blog linky but I did one post about it so far on my personal blog).

    1. Wow! Sounds like your Thirsties are holding up great! My daughter gets rashy if she's in PUL for too long so we ditched the PUL covers and I'm getting away from the TPU since it's not too far off from PUL. I don't hardly use the GroVia anymore but Husband loves the RagaBabe's so those will stay around. Loving the wool and fleece though! I bought some fleece to sew my own and I'm loving the WAHM stuff. Feel free to post your blog link! Good luck with the Challenge!

  2. So, are you selling your Greenline Soakers?? :)