Just a quick primer on my version of handwashing cloth diapers. Specifically I was using flats (like I can let you forget that! LOL). Flats are going to be the easiest to handwash, because they are 100% cotton, they are thin, and dry easily.
I used a dry pail during the day, since I was washing every night. Every night I used the following routine:
- Throw all the flats and covers into 5-gallon bucket, and fill it with cold water. Plunge it around for about 30 seconds. Let it soak for at least an hour.
- Drain all the water. Refill with hot water from the tap, as hot as I could run it. I tried boiling water the first night, but I didn’t find it made any difference.
- Add 1 scoop of Rockin’ Green Soap to hot water. Put the lid on. Plunge the diapers for agitation at least 5 minutes.
- Drain the hot water. Fill bucket again with cold water. Plunge for about 1-2 minutes.
- Drain. If water runs clear, you’re done. If not, do another cold rinse.
- Wring out each flat as much as humanly possible. (This was the worst part for me! It hurt my hands!)
- Hang to dry.
This entire process took about 20-30 minutes (not including the hour of soaking time).
Now that’s quicker than your washing machine, I bet!
What was your routine for washing during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge by Dirty Diaper Laundry?