The annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge will begin tomorrow morning when Little Dude wakes up. This challenge is hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry to help spread information about how cloth diapering CAN fit every budget. Trust me I’ve been there. Kind of still there but differently this time. If you would like to read about how I partially cloth diapered my first child read this post.
Now on to the nitty gritty. Today I’ve been doing my usual washing routine using the family’s HE front loading washing machine. I did make a change to my drying routine by deciding to hang dry outside. This worked great but my flats are a little on the stiff side. I’ve read that vinegar in your last rinse cycle works to solve this problem. Also, Seventh Generation and Ecover have been recommended on various forums as cloth diaper safe fabric softeners. Fabric softener is a big issue when dealing with cloth diapers because they usually result in your diapers repelling liquids. On a side note, I have tested out free and clear dryer sheets (accidentally left in dryer when diaper load gets thrown in) and my diapers have not had any problems. This happens at least once a week and I don’t strip my diapers. So maybe its not so bad depending on what you use.
I use flats daily on my son and love them. They are easy to wash, dry fast and are extremely versatile. I’m really looking forward to this challenge after dropping out last year to a family get together out of state.