Thank goodness, it is FINALLY day 5 of the Flats and Hand-washing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. To be honest, the thrill of
What Works :
* Hand-washing - Yes, I stated the obvious, but since I was in control of the washing, Leettle's diapers had never been cleaner! I spent a total of 30-35 minutes each day washing and hanging his diapers. With his other cloth diapers, it takes the washing machine over and hour (pre-rinse, full cycle, and extra rinse) to wash two days worth of diapers, and they do not come out smelling 100% clean.
* Homemade laundry detergent! Despite the myth that washing soda and baking soda sticks to cloth, leading to build up because it does not wash off properly, the homemade detergent worked wonderfully. In fact, Leettle's bottom was rash free.
* The "No-Fail" folding method (aka the "pad fold") - If you cannot seem to get any of the numerous types of folds right, simply fold the flat width-wise and lay in the cover like this...
What Doesn't Work :
* Not taking the time to practice the various flat folds. I became easily frustrated and resorted to my no-fail method as pictured above.
* Taking a nap after you hear there will be a severe thunderstorm, so you won't be able to have any diapers dry in the warm sunshine, and over 2/3 of your stash is dirty...Luckily I had some old sleep shirts to salvage into flats.
* Using one flat for overnight or nap-time - At night, Leettle needed at least two. The fold-and-place method that I used with 2 flour sack cloths worked great. If your child wets heavily, I would suggest adding an insert. I prefer the Thirsties hemp inserts. They are a little pricey at $8-$8.75 each, but they are definitely worth every penny...and no wet bed linens to clean!
* A 2-gallon bucket - Unless you want to wash 3 times per day, I would suggest using a larger bucket to wash in. My washing method (washing after every 2-3 diaper changes) worked great, but if you are a working parent, a larger pail that could hold a days worth of diapers would be more useful.
If you participated in the Flats And Hand-washing Challenge, what worked & didn't work for you?
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