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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!


Yesterday was day 7 of the challenge. The last day. I saved up all of my flats just so I could do laundry in my nice HE washing machine. I could talk about practical diapering stuff here but really I have said what I already meant to say on that front.

This challenge was issued because of a story on the news about parents who were so destitute that they could not afford more diapers, so they were drying out and re using disposable diapers. This is unsanitary and just sad that we live in a time when people think this is nessisairy. The challenge was to show that cloth diapering with flats could be a viable solution to everyone, especially those who are financially strapped.

I will say that I think yes, absolutely flat diapers with covers are a viable solution for people on a very tight budget. I would say poor families, but honestly we are not “poor” but still choose to cloth diaper because it saves SO MUCH money! Really I don’t know how people afford to use disposables all the time. That is not even mentioning the environmental impact of disposables or the health benefits of cloth diapers.

So after 7 days of us changing our whole routine and over 500 other people doing the same thing, what happens next? Is there a call to action? Are there any cloth diaper donation sites around the Denver area? Any non profits? Please let me know. I would love to get involved and spread the word that this IS a viable solution.

Without getting involved then I just spent a week toning my arms with no other benefit. Please contact me if you know a good cloth diapering non profit or a way to help those in need with cloth diapering.

Thanks so much for keeping up with me over the week. I appreciate all of your support.

What did you learn during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Other blogs in this series:

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


See what other bloggers learned on Day 7:

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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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