How many of you are participating in the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge? For one week, cloth diapering enthusiasts across the country are setting aside their All-In-Ones (AIOs), pocket diapers and washing machines to raise awareness about cloth diapering options for low income families.  Participants can only use “flats” (traditional diapers, prefolds or handmades), covers and diaper sprayers.  They must also handwash their diapers for the week long challenge.

It’s a great cause, plus many moms later decide they prefer the prefolds.  Disposable diapers are so expensive, plus they contribute to tons of waste being added to our landfills every year.  Prefolds and covers are the least expensive cloth diapering option, especially when you consider that prefolds can be made from any material, including t-shirts and dish towels.  Part of the challenge includes handwashing the diapers because many low income families do not have washing machines and laundry mat costs can be prohibitive.  Dirty Diaper Laundry’s website includes instructions for how to wash your diapers without a washing machine.

I really wanted to participate in this year’s challenge, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  Ironically, I just don’t have the funds right now.  I have a bunch of newborn sized prefolds and covers because they make up most of my initial cloth diapering stash.  Even if I had the time to make myself a bunch of prefolds right now, I don’t have the money to buy the covers.  Plus, I would really want to get a diaper sprayer since part of the challenge is that you can’t use liners.  Don’t have the money for that either. 🙁  Handwashing and line drying doesn’t really bother me.  I was actually looking forward to that part.

I do have one large hemp prefold and a couple Snappis, so I put it on Henry last night as his overnight diaper.  (I managed to stretch a small Thirsties cover over everything.)  He woke up soaked and ended up leaving the diaper, cover, and his pajama bottoms laying in the driveway.  Probably another sign that the challenge isn’t in the cards for us this year.

So, for those who are participating, how is Day 1 going for you?

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Bonnie was raised in a small farming village in central Ohio where she was active in 4-H and FFA. She grew up surrounded by a large family who taught her how to can, garden and cook from scratch. Now living in Florida and raising two outrageous kids, Bonnie is running the family farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats, pigs and horses. She also enjoys teaching her kids how to live off of the land, appreciate God’s creation, and live a simpler life.

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