3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge- Day 2: Supplies and Preparation

It is Day 2 of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, that yearly even where we only use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for 7 days.  Our second day will focus on the diapers and other items we are using.  Since flats are so economical it will be fun to see what our other participants have spent to participate!


This year I didn’t purchase any new flats for the Challenge since I already had quite a few.


My flats-

4 Ikea Flats (2 packs of 2) from last year- $6.00

8 Target Flour Sack Towels (2 packs)- $8.00

9 Diaper Rite bleached flats from Diaper Junction- $13.50  (I have given some away… which is why I don’t have a dozen)

3 t-shirts as diapers- $1.50 total from thrift store

4 flats made from an XXL shirt- $1.00 for all 4!  (Tutorial to make cheap and easy t-shirt flats)

$30.00 TOTAL for all flats.

My Covers-

Since I review diapers for a living I have several covers but I only chose to use a few that have been in my collection for a long time.

Thirsties Duo Wrap Size 2- 14.95

Swaddlebees Capri Cover- 16.95

Blueberry One Size Coverall- 16.95

Applecheeks Envelope Covers (2) Size 2- $38.00

$86.85 TOTAL covers cost.

The total cost is $116.85.  I realize these aren’t the cheapest covers on the market but I also didn’t want to run off and purchase more covers when I already had many.  Even though the grand total is over $100 this is a very economical amount to spend on a stash of cloth diapers.  I counted everything I laid out to use, however my gut tells me I will only use about 10 flats total from what I have, if that, and 2 covers each day.  Since I will wash every 1-2 days that still isn’t too bad!  If you have to get a stash of cloth diapers for less there are ways to cut cost by using cheaper covers and maybe even sticking to the t-shirt flats since  they are about .25 each!  I have listed many options for getting cheap cloth diapers on another post that you might find helpful.

I also already had a bucket around here, and my breathing washer (pictured on the right, affiliate linked to Amazon) from the first year’s event.

Now I want to know what you spent on your stash?  Link up your blog posts!  If you aren’t blogging tell me in the comments!  I wonder who spent the least?!

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  • Jessica Long

    I saw some one Washing in their diaper pail, I thought that was a great idea!!! No bucket no problem!

  • Heidi Kim


    bucket:free(I already had one. If I didn’t have one already I would use the tub)

    8 FSTs:$8 from Target

    8 receiving blankets:free(gifts from my show I already had but if I didn’t I would have bought 4 more FSTs)

    covers:(already had) 4 alva pockets for baby sitter($20) 3 flips($30 used). If I didn’t have these already I would have bought the alvas and 3 assunta covers($4 each)

    wipes:(already had) baby washcloths from the dollar store. Idk how much these cost each

    drying rack:(already had) $23(if I didn’t already have this I would have just dried in my bathroom)

    total spent minus what I already had: $15

    Total I would have spent if I had no supplies already:$52

  • I just saw this Flats and Flips package from Kelly’s Closet:


    I don’t remember seeing it before so I am sharing!

  • Kelly

    I know this has already been completed this year but I am going to attempt this with my 5 month old twins. They have outgrown their osocozy prefolds – well outgrown to where I cannot snappi them and I like diapering vs. trifolding. You have provided so many resources in one spot THANK YOU