Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Why I am taking the Flats and Hand Washing Challenge


I just posted on here last week about my new flat love, now here is another reason. Flats make it possible for ANYONE to afford cloth diapering, but not if they don't know about it.

Kim Rosas at Dirty Diaper Laundry, invented this challenge to prove that it can be done, even for those who don't have a washer and dryer!

From May 23- May 30 RJ and I will be using exclusively flats, with 5 of our cheapest covers ( from 2 Bummis Super Lite, 3 Econobums, 2 Flip), and hand washing even the diapers used by babysitters during our anniversary dates. Overnight we plan to use 2 flats with fleece liners on top inside homemade recycled wool pants. If I cannot figure out pinning these will be laid in homemade RRPs. With 12 flats and five covers that is a stash of only $64 for two in diapers. That is less than we spent on disposables in Efrim's first month.

I will continue to update you on this as we go along.

I am doing this because I want to be able to share,from experience, how simple and inexpensive it can be to cloth diaper. I hate to see any one enslaved to the financial burden of a disposable lifestyle.

So often the come back to people's astonishment over someone using cloth diapers is, "There are so many new, wonderful, modern cloth diapers available.", but that is so out of reach for most people. We have used a really simple, tight budget stash from the beginning, and after our days with only 6 gCloth, they have all been a blessing. I do not think that "modern" cloth diapers are what makes this possible, it's really so much easier than people think.

We are blessed with so much, and some people have so little. As God has helped us to have a little more breathing room in our budget, I have been convicted that those extra pennies do not belong to us. There are enough resources for everyone on this planet, so if some are doing with out it is because others have too much. When I spend money frivolously, I am stealing from someone who is in need. We feel called "to live simply so that others may simply live."

That is why I am taking this challenge, and telling every one I know about it.

(It is also a good excuse to light a fire under RJ about the laundry line I've been begging RJ to make so I can line dry.) ha!

1 comment:

Cindy K said...

We still have our hand-cranked wringer from when we washed clothes (and diapers) by hand--let me know if you want to borrow it :) It's really hard on inseam snaps, though!