Day 2 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.
Well, I've already told you a little about how I got ready for this challenge, but I'll give you a few more details.
Camp-style washer and clothes line
|This is my camp washer without the lid on the first wash of|
the challenge yesterday. Doing well so far.
the lid for my new, clean plunger handle to go through. That was a year ago, so I don't recall the price, but I believe it was about $5. I drilled 1/2" holes in the plunger to let the water flow more easily through it. I use the same laundry soap I've been making for a while. You'll use a LOT less in this camp washer. Start with about a teaspoon and see if you need more or less. Start of my preparations was testing out the washing and drying time, as well as the effectiveness of the washer. It's pretty awesome. My clothes line came with my house. It's just a simple line, but it works. The clothespins were about $1.
|One of my t-shirt flats. One layer of fabric. |
This is the back of the flat.
Flat diaper supply
using for years. I dug out my pocket diapers for the baby sitter. I decided not to use wool for this challenge. I just love my Econobums! I bought them from Cotton Babies for about $4 per cover. The pocket diapers I got used for $3 (including the insert). I also have an Alva pocket diaper I got through a co-op for about $4. I saw no reason to limit my cover supply for this challenge. I'm sure I could get away with using 5 or less, but I didn't reduce my current supply. Total cost: $30
Total cost of my supplies: $37 including what I purchased in the past
Total cost to do this challenge: FREE!
Can you see now how this would be completely doable for someone in diaper need? For about the cost of a month's supply of diapers (or LESS), you could have more than enough flats, covers, and washer to get by.
Day 1: Why I took the Challenge
Day 3: Dealing with Overnights
Day 4: How am I doing with hand washing?
Day 5: What's working? What's not?
Day 6: Babysitter/Outings
Day 7: What did I learn?