Ok, it’s official. The big thing I have learned from the Flats Challenge is that I hate hand washing. I really enjoyed it in the beginning. To make my life a little easier, I have been using a wet pail when I couldn’t wash them right away. Not that it works for everyone, but it worked for me. I have honestly just been trying to wash as we go. But in case you were wondering, here’s how it goes for me:
- Throw flats and covers in pail. I try to unfold them at this point so I don’t have to do it later. *Note: I don’t wash covers every single time because I am changing him so much more often with the flats that the covers aren’t really wet. BUT I do wipe them out, and the get washed usually after the second use. Honestly, I haven’t used many covers unless we were leaving the house anyway or if he was napping. (In the beginning I was just using my hands and a make shift wash board to do it. That got old quick so, I use a plunger to agitate the diapers in the pail. I do this for a few minutes, feels like an eternity.)
- Dump water out. Since I’m doing this in the tub I just dump it there.
- Add hot water and a dash of soap.
- Agitate again…
- Dump water, again…
- Fill with cold water.
- Guess what? Agitate again, and then you dump. Do this until there are no bubbles from the soap. This is why you only use a little soap, unless you want to be here all day rinsing. (Learned that the hard way)
- Wring out your diapers.
- Hang them. I’m lucky, I have a line outside and they dry really quick in Florida.
So what do you think of the handwashing so far?