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Why Am I Taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Concerning budget-friendly cloth diapering:

Day 1

Today marks the start of the 7th annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge!

“Our aim is not to say that every poor family facing the supremely difficult choice of buying diapers or food should use cloth diapers. That would be short-sighted of us to think it’s an answer for every family. The flats challenge is a way to show that for families willing and able, babies can be diapered for less than $100 or even $50 and without owning a washing machine. It is a viable option for families who are in homes without washing machines and an effective one.” ~Kim Rosas, Dirty Diaper Laundry

In a nutshell, we’re raising awareness of, and proving that, cloth diapering can be done for cheap and without access to a washing machine.

So why am I doing the Challenge?

7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge- Day 1: Why Am I Doing the Challenge

7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge- Day 1: Why Am I Doing the Challenge

I first heard about it about 1.5months ago and I thought it sounded interesting.  At the time I was diapering Doll (then 22mo) and Poni (then 2wo) in Piddly-Winx cloth diapers.  I may consider myself fairly well-informed about pocket cloth diapering but in actuality there are many other cloth methods that I know nothing about.  Flats are one of them.

So yeah, I was intrigued.

Fast forward to this past weekend.  My family is living in a motel.  We do our laundry in a laundromat for $5/load (including dry time).  Before we moved out of our rental house, I was doing diaper laundry every day and I tweaked the washing settings three times per load to get my diapers clean.  These laundromat washers are not “tweakable. ” Therefore both my daughters are wearing disposable diapers.

I despise disposables! I mean, they’re handy and all; They take up much less room and you throw them away, rather than wash them.  (In case anyone didn’t know and also lacks the common sense to intuit that from their name . . .)

But they are ugly!  I literally cringe when I see a disposable poking out of my babies’ clothing.

I was grateful to not have to do laundry, but I wasn’t happy about not using cloth.  So that weekend I decided I would do the Challenge.

After all, we are currently a prime candidate for the purpose of the Challenge!

We don’t have money to spend on non-essentials and I don’t have access to a washer or dryer that I can use for diapers.

So I am doing the Flats and Handwashing Challenge because

  • I want to try flats
  • I currently cannot cloth diaper otherwise …
  • It’s a great opportunity to get my youngest out of disposables
  • My experience will certainly prove that a struggling family CAN cloth diaper for cheap and without a machine

Tomorrow I’ll let you in on what I’m using to cloth diaper and what it cost me!


Day 2: What Is My Cost and Materials for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Day 3:  My Go-To Fold in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 4: How I wash in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 5: Behind the Scenes of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 6: What’s Working and What’s Not in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Day 7: What Did I Learn and How Did it Go in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge

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  • Reply Alex May 16, 2017 at 07:13

    Wow! You are living quite the adventure and I agree – you are definitely the poster child for this #flatschallenge. I am interested to read about how your week goes using flats. And I will be praying for you that a place opens up soon for you to move into. My husband, baby, and I are living with my mom because we cannot afford a place of our own because there is nothing available at our price point. So massive sympathy for you and I am excited to see what God does for you!

  • Reply chickenruby May 17, 2017 at 05:34

    Popping over from #TriumphantTales to say Hi.
    i managed 2 months with my first born in 1992, but trying to wash (soak in a bucket with chemicals over night) and then getting them dry was a challenge so i quickly moved to disposables. My niece uses washable ones that are designed like disposables without the danger of the nappy pin

  • Reply Jaki May 17, 2017 at 13:43

    I have never heard of ‘flats’ – I hope you come back next week to tell us all about it! Thank you for linking up to #TriumphantTales 🙂

  • Reply Mrs Mummy Harris May 22, 2017 at 03:54

    This sounds like a brilliant challenge, i’m really intruiged to see how you got on. Please come back tomorrow to #TriumphantTales and let us know how you got on!
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