4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge | #houstonclothdiapers #flatschallenge
It’s almost here! The 4th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge! Join us at Houston Cloth Diapers as we follow the lead from Dirty Diaper Laundry and support the families in the Houston area (and round the world!) who are taking the challenge and using nothing but flats and covers on their babies for a full week! Help us raise awareness about how cost effective (and fun) cloth diapering can be! You don’t have to have a fancy machine or diapers to cloth diaper your baby!
When taking pictures and posting online, please be sure to use the hashtags #HoustonClothDiapers #FlatsChallenge and #BringingFlatsBack if you’d like!
Take a minute to look over the rules and materials that are allowed and not allowed!
From Dirty Diaper Laundry:
The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
• Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer I made last year.
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100.
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi, Boingo, and Pins for closure.
• Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)
Materials Not Allowed
• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.
Rules for Everyone
• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.