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 7 and the last day of the Flats and Handwash Challenge. I will continue to exclusively use flats through tomorrow as they're all I brought for our trip this weekend. Hand washing the flats this week hasn't been difficult, it's just a little time consuming. I can definitely see this as a viable option in a low-income time of need, travel, and during a natural disaster.
I've already written most of what I've learned in previous posts and in the Tips post. I think the best tip is simple practice, practice, practice. If you must, read tutorials or watch youTube videos to learn folds and see how to get a snug fit around the legs and waist. I put the reasons why I am taking this challenge in the first post.
I began using flats exclusively last Sunday and will continue to use them through tomorrow night. I have hand washed all 7 days of this challenge.
I will recap with an update when the results are posted as to how many people successfully completed the Challenge and how much money was raised for Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. And with that, good night.