Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DAY 2 - DDL Flats & Handwashing Challenge - What I'm Using

Linc watching the diapers dry in his duck bath
Yay! It's Day 2 of the DDL Flats and Handwashing Challenge! I've got my diaper laundry going and I'm still having fun.  For those of you that have not been following my recent journey, I'm currently taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all.  You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post.  This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!  

 Today I've decided to share with you all what I'm using for this challenge. I've got way more than I need since I wanted to test several options, but better too much than too little. Here's a list of what we're using.


6 - Green Mountain Diapers Cloth-eez Flats (Small
4 - Green Mountain Diapers Cloth-eez Flats (Large)
4 - OsoCozy Unbleached Flats
2 - Hemp Babies Flat Weeds
1 - Orange Diaper Company Bamboo Terry Square (Infant)
1 - Orange Diaper Company Bamboo Terry Square (Toddler)
4 - Target Flour Sack Towels
12 - Gerber Flats
1 - T-Shirt
3 - Receiving Blankets

Thirsties Duo Wrap (size 2)
Blueberry Coverall
SwaddleBees Capri (size 2)
Gen-Y Universal Cover (size small)
Gro-Via Shell
SoftBums Echo Cover
Baby BeeHinds Wool Wrap (size medium)
Disana Wool Soaker
Homemade Wool Longies

2 - Snappis
4 - Pins
Various Cloth Wipes

Cleaning Supplies:
Diaper Sprayer
5 Gallon Bucket
Lid For Bucket (broke after first wash)
Plunger w/ Holes Drilled In
Various Detergents (Tide, Eco Sprout, Rockin' Green)
Clothes Line
Clothes Pins

- Last night went really well.  I used two of the Hemp Babies Flat Weeds folded up into an origami fold.  They were soaked in the morning, but absolutely no leaks!  Oh, and I used a Blueberry Coverall on top.
- Washing yesterday went well.  I washed 5 flats, 2 washcloths, and 3 diaper covers (some of these were from the weekend).  They all washed up very nicely.  The birdseye flats dried the fastest (1hr).  The hemp and bamboo terry flats took 2 hours.  The covers and wipes (double sided wipes) took three hours.  Just for reference I live in CA with a dry temp of about 95 degrees.
- Today I plan on trying some different folds.  I need to try more than just the padfold and the Origami fold.


The MacGyver Diaper Challenge Cartoon

And the winning diaper is...

The MacGyver Diaper Challenge Winner
Created with a bib, scarf, & napkins.

Crazy Quick Fix Diaper

Want to read more great posts from other bloggers taking the same challenge.  Check out the links below.


  1. Lol I love the diaper humor!

    Looks like you have a lot of supplies to work with!

    Momma T and Baby E

  2. LOVE your cartoon! Good luck with the rest of your challenge!

  3. Aw... I love the top picture! Makes me yearn for my own clothesline. Too cute. :)

  4. I am loving your CD humor! Keep it up!


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