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Today is Day 6 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. This year, there are over 450 participants from around the world.

Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge — two more loads of diapers to wash by hand. I have to be honest: so far this challenge hasn’t felt terribly challenging. I don’t find the handwashing that difficult, I always line-dry my diapers so there’s no difficulty there, and I’ve used flats as inserts for my pockets diapers for a long time. Switching to using them in a wrap instead was no real hardship.

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Today is Day 5 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. This year, there are over 450 participants from around the world.

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Today is Day 4 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. This year, there are over 450 participants from around the world.

I’m at the halfway point in this year’s challenge and it’s going very well. I had once Snappi failure that resulted in a damp patch on the floor, but it would have happened had he been wearing a prefold instead so I’m not blaming the flats!

The washing isn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. My Hillbilly Washing Machine speeds up the process and gets them really clean without a lot of effort. My hands, however, would like me to invest in a pair of rubber gloves, as wringing out so many wet diapers has left them a bit chapped.

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I often tell people that the thing I love about cloth diapering is that, unlike with disposables, I rarely have to touch poop or wash it out of clothing. I am not a fan of touching gross stuff, so if I can avoid it, I will.

Which is why I’m a little surprised with myself for signing on to the 2nd Annual Flats Challenge. For 7 days, I will be posting about flat diapers, hand-washing them when they need to be cleaned, and sharing pictures and video of my experiences. The challenge runs from May 21st – May 27th.

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