Day 3 and 4

Day 3

Share your favorite fold!

Well I missed day 3 yesterday since we had a really busy day so today’s post will cover day 3 and day 4. The question for day 3 was to share your favorite flats fold. This was pretty easy since we only use two types of folds. We use the kite fold and pad fold. The pad fold is super simple and I think that’s why we use it most. We use a kit fold at night or if I think we’ll need extra absorbency.

Day 4

Share your wash routine!

I think I’m most excited about this because I actually really like washing diapers. We use a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot and a plunger for our washing machine. Our first step is to rinse the diapers. Sometime I rinse them off in the sink then put them in the bucket, other times especially if I’m washing a lot of flats I put them all in the bucket and fill it with cold water. I use the plunger to agitate the diapers and do anywhere from 60-90 pumps with the plunger. I take all the flats, covers, and wipes out and rinse them and put them to the side. I empty the bucket and refill it with HOT water.

I put a little detergent (we use tide powder) and put the diapers back in the bucket. Now we start the washing cycle. I use the plunger to agitate the diapers again, using at least 90 pumps. I may or may not let the diapers sit for a few minutes before starting the wash cycle. I take the diapers out again, rinse the diaper off, empty the bucket and refill it one more time for a final rinse cycle. The final rinse cycle is done with COLD water and I, once again, do about 60 pumps with the plunger. Everything is rinsed and squeezed out and taken outside to line dry.

We have been very lucky that we have had amazing weather and I’m able to hang dry out diapers. I try and wash first thing in the morning so they’ll have more time to dry but for the most part my diapers only take a few hours to dry. The other day I did two washes and by the time I was done with the second wash of diapers, my first load of diapers was already dry!

Don’t forget to read about the challenge and other’s experiences here!

Until next time,

The Rivers Family ❤

Our drying line
Kite fold and pad fold as our nighttime solution
one of these was extremely poopy, can you guess which one?

our washing machine

Day 1 of the flats and hand washing challenge

Today starts day one of the flats and hand washing challenge! I’m participating in the Flats and Hand washing Challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival. This event will continue for seven days and we will being using flour sack towels and covers both of which were store bought rather than handmade. Rules for the post can be found here. We actually started last night with our nighttime diaper which consisted of a flour sack towel (fst) and booster since Mackenzie is a heavy wetter and sleeps 12 hours a night. Day one of the challenge includes answering the question why are we taking the flats and hand washing challenge and this was probably the easiest question for me to answer. The main reason why we are taking it is because one of the most asked questions we get is how to you wash diaper and the second most asked is how expensive is it. This challenge will show others how you can cloth diaper on a budget and even without a washing machine or dryer.

We had a very busy day today and it was a tad nerve wracking to be out and about using flats and covers since our normal diapers are pockets (pocket are allowed during the challenge but I really wanted to use just flats and covers). It was a lot easier than I originally thought and we didn’t have any issues using a few fsts and two covers. Tomorrow or maybe tonight will be washing day and Thursday will cover more about our hand washing routine! I’m so excited to participating in this challenge and cannot wait to see how this week turns out. If you have any questions leave them below and they will be answered during Friday’s blog post! Each day will have a different topic covered that relates to this challenge. If you want to read from others who are participating in this challenge check out these hashtags on social media #flatschallenge #bringingflatsback

Until next time,

The Rivers Family