How to Prep and Hand-Wash Flat Cloth Diapers

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In preparation for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge May 23-30 I have been creating lots of tutorials to help guide everyone as they enter the world of Flat cloth diapers!

I’ve already shown you the three major different folds (Pad Fold, Kite Fold, and Origami Fold) and how to make a Camp Style Bucket Washer. ┬áNow here are two more videos, one on How to Prep your Flats by Boiling them and the other on How to Wash your Flats using the Camp Style Bucket Washer.

How to Prep Flats by Boiling:

How to Wash Your Flats (or other Cloth Diapers) Using a Camp Style Washer

For the challenge you can prep your flats in your machine however I wanted to use a method that would work if you didn’t have washer/dryer access. Boiling one dozen flats took an hour since I could only fit 2 flats in each pot. I was boiling the 33″ GMD Flats.

If you don’t want to use or make a bucket washer there are other washing methods. You can use your bathtub-video here-, your sink, a large wash tub, or a portable washer. You can also use your hands as agitation, or a breathable washer (20$).

The most beautiful thing about handwashing flats is that they aren’t picky. Our grandmothers used baby laundry detergent (my Grandma used Ivory Soap- we all know that is not “cloth safe” these days) because the flats aren’t synthetic! They don’t hold detergent as much as a suedecloth lining or a microfiber soaker. I’m not saying you should start using Dreft, but there is a little more wiggle room here.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • sXenerdX

    Is it bad to prep them with other diapers? I totally didn’t even think about this and prepped them with all my other diapers : /

    • Tandalyn Szczurek

      I don’t think it’s bad as long as you don’t prep with other diapers that have synthetic fibers such as microfiber or fleece. If you prep with other natural fibers such as bamboo or hemp… I’d think they’d be fine.

  • Ashley Toth

    Thank you so much for your boiling video, I had been nervous to do that for some reason and it’s great to see in pictures. Is the method the same if I want to strip prefolds and flats that way? I have a few stinky prefolds for some reason and my washing machine isn’t quite doing the job.

  • Krysta Bauer

    How long do you boil them for?

    • Anonymous

      I let them roll for a few minutes :)

  • kristen

    hahaha…i’m totally a teenage boy. haha. you work it kim!!!

    • Anonymous

      I know how to work a Camp Style Washer ;)

  • Lori

    why do you have to prep flats? is that the same as “stripping” them?

    • Anonymous

      My flats were unbleached so they have oils still in them that need to be washed out.

  • CD Mama To Be

    this blows my mind. BLOWS.MY.MIND! holy crap. Seriously. The camp washer – only about the best thing I’ve ever seen. Washing my diaps by hand in about 10-15 minutes (or less) or babysitting my HE washer while it cycles for 1+ hours.

  • Jemcgill4

    Awe, are you really telling Fletcher to shut up? His noises are so cute.

  • Breanna Jewell

    so what I’m seeing is…if you’re going to hand wash, you must have a plunger….

    • kimrosas

      It’s easier. Not necessary. You can stomp diapers clean in a tub, use hands, etc.
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

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