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Flats and Hand washing Challenge

I have signed up to officially take part in the Dirty Diaper Laundry 6th annual flats and hand washing challenge.

Flats Challenge Info

So what does that mean for our nappies this week?

Well are there are some official rules which I will be sticking to. I have copied them below form the Dirty Diaper Laundry sign up post here.

Materials Allowed

The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
• Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer 
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100.
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi or other devices for closure.
• Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)

Materials Not Allowed

• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.

Rules for Everyone

• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.


This is a photo of my flats and covers stash.

Flats and Covers The left hand column is actually prefolds, and I won’t be using those for this challenge. As the rules state – the flats need to be a single layer of fabric. My flats collection consists of Hemp flats which are 70x70cm square, store bought muslin and cotton receiving blankets which vary in size. Some are square and some are rectangular. I’ll be showing how I fold the various flats for different situations as I go this week.

My covers consist of a variety of brands of PUL covers, as well as a few different brands and styles of fleece covers. If I feel up to it, I’ll try wool over my flats at night sometime. I’m not that confident in my lanolising skills, as I’ve had a few leaks with my wool covers, hence my concern.

My cloth bum is Kyle – who will be 2 at the end of May. He is a bit of a power pee-er, so has been soaking through quite a few of our day time options. He also soaks my super absorbent night nappies. I’m hoping to try use flats at night this week, but will see how it goes. I don’t like using PUL at night as he reacts quite badly to wetness and I prefer that his bum has some air circulating. I might end up using the shells of his Windpro Night Nappies as covers to try and give us a better chance of staying dry at night.

So follow my blog to see daily updated on my challenge this week. I’ll cover things like – different folds, different fabrics and uses, different covers and how they work, night solutions, hand washing options, and lots of photos of what I choose for various changes.

Lets #bringbackflats and #makeclothmainstream.

Competition in Mum’s Mail

SA Cloth Directory was thrilled to have an opportunity to host a competition in conjunction with Durban based Mum’s Mail, Real People, Real Life, Real Fun.

You can read the introduction article I wrote on Cloth Nappies in 2015 on page 54 of the March 2015 edition here.

To enter the competitions to win amazing prizes from our sponsors all you have to do is sign up for the Mum’s Mail newsletter by entering your details here.

March 2015 Cover with Kyle and Nathan

March 2015 Cover with Kyle and Nathan

SA Cloth Directory is born!

My desire to launch this website was born from my slight obsession with modern cloth nappies. Since I don’t sew and I’m unlikely to enjoy being a retailer full time, I thought this would be an amazing way to enjoy my passion for the wonderful world of cloth nappies.

I hope that this page will soon become a one stop resource for everything related to cloth nappies, and will both help new-to-cloth parents work out the ins and outs of cloth nappying, as well as being a resource for cloth moms to discover and find retailers, work at home moms, and other suppliers of all things cloth.

So sit back, settle in and enjoy going down the wonderful rabbit hole that is modern cloth nappies in South Africa!