I have a perfectly good HE washer. And dozens of great diapers.
But not everyone is so blessed. Some babies live in the same disposable every day because their parents are trying to stretch the budget (food stamps don’t cover diapers in most states). I’ve heard horror stories of parents who dry out a wet disposable and reuse it.
Do they know about cloth diapers? Maybe. Maybe not.
Maybe they haven’t heard about cloth, so they don’t know how they could save a bundle on diapers every month.
Maybe they have heard about cloth but can’t afford to pony up a couple hundred to buy a stash outright (although you CAN get a decent 2 day stash for about $60 if you use prefolds and a few covers).
Maybe they want to try cloth but don’t have access to their own washer/dryer on a regular basis (city and apartment dwellers may face this problem, especially).
Whatever, the case, the Flats & Handwashing Challenge by Dirty Diaper Laundry (read more here) is about walking a mile in the shoes of these people. How can you cloth diaper affordably AND without adding to your laundry expenses?
I honestly have NEVER used flats before. So this makes me a little nervous! But from May 23-30 I will be using flats and covers, and also handwashing my diapers in a bucket with a plunger!
I’m preparing by making sure I have enough flats (should be getting mine from ClothDiaper.com any day now!), and selecting my covers to use. One cover I know I’ll be testing out is my new Bummis Super Whisper Wrap (in fun cars print!).
And I need my husband to drill a hold in one of our 5-gallon buckets for me to use as a wash tub. We have a plunger. I’m good to go.
Are any of my readers taking the challenge? How are you preparing? If you blog, write a post about it and link it up at DDL’s linky list for this topic!