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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!


What I have learned from using flats:

  • They dont stain like you would expect, even when you do handwash them
  • It is not as hard or complicated as it looks, especially when you just pad fold it and throw it in the cover.
  • They dry very quickly outside and inside.
  • It is CHEAP which is nice.
  • Toddlers like to use them as togas.
  • Toddlers like to use them as blankets for poor unsuspecting babies and dogs.
  • Toddlers like to sit on them when you are trying to fold and are generally a hand full when you are trying to get them all put together.

Things I have learned from hand washing:

  • Use very little soap. You really don’t need that much, and it takes forever to rinse if you use too much. Trust me.
  • Kneel on a boppy (or other nursing pillow) and lean over the tub instead of standing, it protects my knees and back and makes me much less sore afterward.
  • Wear gloves unless you like the nasty blistered and callused “man hands” look.
  • Use coconut oil to repair your poor sad damaged hands.
  • Ring out the water WELL from the flats before hanging them. You can even roll the wet flats in a towel before you hang them up. It is a lot of work but significantly reduced drying time, which is great when you have a toddler with no clean flats.
  • The baby will always want to nurse, be changed, or just be on mommy when it is time to wash the diapers. Daddy will not do. The swing is a torture device, and the rocker is a mockery to his intelligence. Only mommy. RIGHT NOW. (This also happens while blogging, cleaning, or generally doing anything useful.)
  • Lawn maintenance people do not care about you or your property. Do not hang out flats on days when your apartment complex is mowing the lawn, blowing the leaves, spraying pesticides, or any other things that would get on your laundry and make you need to wash them again.
  • Your neighbors also do not respect you or your property. Cigarette butts on my laundry? You actually had to make a conscious decision to do that, ass hat.
  • When your laundry is not disrespected it smells nice and clean after air drying.
  • Flats are much softer after air drying than normal cloth diapers are.

What have you learned during the flats challenge? Any good tips I missed?

Day 1: Why am I Taking the Challenge and What did she say? Diaper oragami

Day 2: My Flats Swag: What I am using for the challenge

Day 3: How Do You Use Your Flats? Diaries of a new-born and a chubby toddler

Day 4: How I am doing: My thoughts on handwashing

Day 5: Handy Dandy Diapering Tips

Day 6:Flats with a Toddler v.s Newborn. A comparative analysis.

Day 7: What I Learned During the Flats Challenge


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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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One Response to Day 5: Handy Dandy Diapering Tips

  1. Amanda says:

    Ugh! I would be so pissed if someone flicked a cigarette on my laundry! You’re right, that takes work. I’m glad I’m on the second floor for this challenge…I could see my downstairs neighbor doing that.

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