Have you heard of the Flats Challenge?

Posted by Julie on 4/14/2011 to Cloth Diaper News
If you read yesterday's blog post, and have noticed other similar blog posts and news articles around the web, then you'll know what the purpose of the Flats & Handwashing Challenge is.Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry saw a need for the education and advocacy of easy to use, easy to afford, and easy to care for cloth diapers. While some of us might constantly be connected via the world wide web and social networking on a daily basis, it's likely that low income families and those really in need of the knowledge and existence of affordable diapering options, may not have access to many resources at all.It's Kim's hope and ours, that the Flats and Handwashing Challenge will generate a buzz and help spread the word that cloth diapering can be done by anyone, it doesn't have to cost a fortune and it doesn't even require the use of electricity. Families shouldn't have to choose between food or diapers, and babies shouldn't have to be subjected to unsanitary, unhealthy and uncomfortable disposable diaperng practices.

So what are the rules of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Here's what Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry has to say about it...Here are the rules:
  • You MUST use Flats.
  • You MUST handwash them. How is up to you. (bathtub, sink, large wash tub, portable non electronic washing machine, or camp style washer (bucket and plunger- think churning butter)
  • You MUST air dry them. (indoors or outdoors, makes no difference)
  • You MUST limit your number of covers in rotation to 5 or less.
  • You can use any detergent you want. (Keep in mind that you still want cloth safe detergents)
  • You can still use your nighttime diapers but I ask that you try to make flats work. Maybe try a prefold wrapped in a flat.
  • You can use disposable liners.
  • You CANíT use a diaper sprayer. I thought long and hard about this one, but at an average cost of 40.00 this is one diaper accessory that is out of range for many families. Dunk, swish, flush, or scrape!
  • You MUST start the morning of May 23 and end the evening of May 30.
  • You MUST fill out a completion survey about your experience. Results will be published here and can be republished on your own blog.
  • You donít have to be a blogger! Your conclusions about the experiment will be entered into the survey at the end of the challenge. You can share on your Facebook, Twitter, various messageboards. But if you are a blogger please share your experience on your own blog. Grab the button and let people know you are planning on joining the challenge. Recruit others! Challenge your own readers to join and fill out the completion survey. You can blog everyday updating your experience, beforehand to let people know you are getting ready for it and explain what you will be doing, and of course, after the fact to let people know how it went. If you hated it, say so. If you think it was awesome and want to continue in some aspect, say that too! Who knows, flats might be your favorite diaper!
If you are interested in taking this challenge please fill out Kim's form here and visit her blog, keyword flatschallenge for more details.

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