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Houston Cloth Diapers is proud to announce that we are participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, and we’d love for you to join in with us!

Flats and Handwashing ChallengeWhat is a Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Because we know that cloth diapering with the latest and greatest cloth diapers on the market is attainable for everyone, Kim Rosas hosts an annual flat challenge bring awareness to the cloth diapering (and non cloth diapering) community that being able to afford to cloth diaper isn’t really out of reach.

During the Challenge, families from all over the world and many different backgrounds, pledge to take the Flats and Handwashing Challenge.

There are two main stipulations:  you can only use flat cloth diapers, and you have to handwash and line dry all diapers.

Last year, Houston Cloth Diaper Founder, Lisa Johnston and her son, Jett, participated in the Flat and Handwashing Challenge to show that it actually can be done.  She was in the middle of a move from one side of Houston to the other, and basically in a layover at her parents’ home.

Flats and Handwashing ChallengeRead about her experience each day!

If you’d like to join in on the fun, this year, make sure you sign up for more information here!

Houston Cloth Diapers will be scheduling a meet up during the week of the Flats Challenge in all four corners of the city so that those who are participating (and those who are curious!) can check in with each other to see how it’s going.  Stay tuned for more information on that!

From DirtyDiaperLaundry.com:

Materials Allowed

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.