Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thoughts on handwashing


Today is Day 4 of the Flats and Hand washing challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry

I'm a little scared to say it's gone pretty well, I don't want to jinx myself. The hand washing isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. With 2 in diapers I thought I was going to be washing constantly.The hardest part is finding a time when I won't have three little helpers. It's kind of nice. I get a little break to do the diaper laundry.

I think I've figured out I do the wash 3-4 times a day. I have enough diapers to last all day but washing that many at a time is just too much. I have the bucket in my bathroom with some water in there. The door to my bathroom is shut and so is my bedroom door. So it's safe. I rinse their night time diapers and toss them in the bucket to soak. I'll try to wash those as soon as I can. It seems like I wash about 4 diapers and cloth wipes at a time.

So they soak for a while. Then I agitate it a bit. I empty that water into the toilet.

Next, I fill it with hot water, detergent and get to work. I tried setting a timer but that was just frustrating me. I thought I was doing it for so long and nope ... 2 minutes. So I turn on some music. I try to go at least 2 songs, depending on the diapers. I agitate until I feel like they are clean. Dump that water out. Add cold water and agitate a bit more. Next, I rinse the diapers out under the faucet. I wring them out and then out on the line they go to dry. That rinse water now becomes my new soaking water. I started to feel like I was wasting a ton of water so I think this is working out for me.

So what about the poop? I spray it off with the sprayer into the toilet. It's really not that bad. And as parents poop is just a part of the job.

I totally want to go give my washer a big hug. It's tough work hand washing these diapers. I also want to give my grandma a big ole hug. I couldn't imagine doing diapers AND our clothes. I would have some serious muscles. Laundry plus all the other household chores... brings on a whole new level of thankfulness.

I do think that this is a doable option for families that are struggling to choose between buying new diapers or buying food or paying bills. I do believe that every child deserves to have a clean diaper on their bottom whether cloth or disposable. This is the article that inspired the Flats Challenge. No one should have to choose. I do feel lucky that I have learned this skill.  I feel equipped if anything ever happened to my washer, electricity or some sort of disaster. I know that I could do it. I have experience and can help other families that can really benefit them.

It's been a long emotional day. My baby graduated kindergarten ... she's growing too fast. I'll be posting pics tomorrow!