Flats & Handwashing Challenge Day 6: Mama’s 1st Full Day

Helping Mama Wash Diapers

Helping Mama Wash Diapers

Today is day 6 of the Flats and Handwashing challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry and it is another open topic day. I have decided to blog about how today has gone overall. Today is my first full day using flats since I work Monday through Friday, and haven’t had to deal with nap time diapers and early morning diapers.

When we got up this morning I knew that I needed to wash some diapers. My husband and I had date night last night and I did not get the chance to hand wash diapers yesterday. Miss R and I washed the diapers with no problem, I have been surprised how easy poopy diapers are to clean. I have not had a problem with hand washing so far in this challenge. I have probably now jinxed myself! After getting the diapers all washed I decided to dry them inside since there has been a threat of rain all day (still hasn’t rained) and I didn’t want to take the chance of them getting soaked. flatschallenge2013imtakingthechallenge

The only problem I have had today was a horrible leaky diaper. I had a little more faith in the flat diaper she was wearing than I should have. She must of chugged some water or something because she pee’d so much it was like she wasn’t even wearing a diaper. I am super glad that it happened at home and not out and about. After she pee’d every were she did come up to me and say “potty”. If only she can learn to say it before she pees and not after, but it is okay I know she will potty train when she is ready, no need to rush it.

Today overall has been going well, I am very glad we decided to participate in this challenge and can’t wait to use flats after it as well!

How has the flats challenge been going for everyone else? Will you be using them after this challenge?


Flats & Handwashing Challenge Day 5: What is working for me? What isn’t?

flatschallenge2013imtakingthechallengeToday is day 5 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge sponsored by Dirty Diaper Laundry. Today’s topic is all about what is and is not working for us so far in this challenge.  I can tell you for certain that I will be using flats as a part of my regular diapering routine after participating in this challenge.

What’s working for us:

  •  Quick Drying time.  Normally we use a dryer to dry our prefolds and inserts and they take a while to dry. Air drying the flats has been quick I can only wonder if they were tossed in the dryer how much quicker they would dry.
  • Use of the potty. Our daughter (today especially) has started to realize that she is wet. Today she pee’d in her flat and after she did she said potty. Even though she didn’t say potty before she wet herself, she is starting to make connections.
  • Going Coverless. This has shown both my mother (who watches our daughter a few times a week) and I that Miss R doesn’t wet herself as much as we think. We are able to pay closer attention to her schedule.

What is not going so well:

  • Extra steps in changing flats. Our daughter doesn’t like to be still for very long, so once she is all snappi’d in a flat she thinks it is time to get up and she is all done. Trying to get her to lie down long enough to put a cover on can be tough.
  • Trying Different Folds. I have tried to get different fold to work but they always seem too lose! I am in love with the Jo Fold it has been the easiest for me to prepare ahead of time as well. My husband likes the pad fold to just slip it in the covers since Miss R is such a busy bee!
  • Folding ahead of time. The only time I can fold ahead of time is if my daughter is sleeping or distracted by something else. She loves to stand on the flats and spin in circles, or just pick them up off the floor and run off with them. She is such a fun little girl, but like any toddler it can be hard to keep up on the house because they are getting into everything!


If you are participating in the challenge what’s working for you?



Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 3: MeeMaw’s Flats Experience


As most of you know I am participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Flats & Handwashing Challenge. Today is an open topic day, and I decided to see how my Mother liked using flats since she watched our daughter yesterday while we were at work.

Yesterday morning when my Mother got to our apartment I reminded her that we are doing the flats challenge and showed her how to do the Jo fold on the flats. I asked her if she could let me know about her experience using the flats so that I could get a sense of how this challenge is going of other members of our family. My Mother said she was not worried about using them. Most might think that my mom probably used cloth diapers on me when I was a younger, when actually she used disposable. So the only cloth diapers she has used have been modern cloth diapers on our daughter.

I did a little Q & A with my Mother today to find out how flats worked for her yesterday.

Question 1: What was your favorite thing about using flat cloth diapers?

My Mother: I like that they rinsed out so much easier than the other cloth diapers we use. They gave my granddaughter more movement. She could run around so much easier, because they were very trim.

Question 2: What was your least favorite part of using the flats?

My Mother: She did require one extra clothing change, but with a toddler that can always happen!

Question 3: Would you use the flats more when you are watching her or the modern cloth diapers?

My Mother: Now that she is starting to be interested in the potty, I think flats would be a good option. They are thinner and she will start to realize a little more wetness. However, modern cloth for naptime so both would be my answer.

Question 4: What is your favorite part of cloth diapering overall?

My Mother: I like the economic benefit for young families. Cloth saves you so much money. Environmentally, it frees our landfills from waste. I was surprised at how easy cloth diapering is. This old MeeMaw has definitely learned a new trick!

How do others in your family feel about cloth diapering and using flats?

Flats & Handwashing Challenge Day 2: How did you Prepare?

Supplies for the Flats Challenge

Supplies for the Flats Challenge

When preparing to participate in the flats challenge I knew that I probably had all the supplies needed to cloth diaper in flats for the week. But, I did a little research on what people were using as flats and read many different posts on Dirty Diaper Laundry’s site to get ideas for the week, to make sure I had everything I needed.

One of the first posts that I read was about using T-shirts for diapers, and I knew I had quite a few XL – XXL shirts that were not being worn. I watched the T-Shirt Diaper video on Dirty Diaper Laundry and went to work on cutting up old shirts. From the shirts we were able to get about 8 flat diapers.

To round out our stash of flat diapers for the week we found some old receiving blankets (to use for night time diapers), and bought a few Flour Sack Towels. I had read online of many families using these as flats to cloth diaper their children, so while at Wal-Mart I pick up a few and that was the only money we spent for the challenge ($6 for 6 flats).  For covers we already had quite a few, so I did not need to spend any money on covers.

We also already had the items we needed to wash our diapers. We are using a large plastic tote, and a plunger to hand wash the diapers in. For detergent I am using a sample pack of Rockin’ Green Smashing Watermelons, and Purex Free and Clear if I run out of the sample pack.

The Breakdown:

  • 8 – T-Shirt Diapers
  • 6 – Flour Sack Towels
  • 3 – Receiving blankets
  • 8 – Covers
  • 1 – Plunger
  • 1 – Large Plastic Tote
  • Sample of Rockin’ Green

What are some of tips you might have when hand washing any type of laundry?

Best Stain Remover & Energy Saver… The Sun!

When I first started cloth diapering I would dry everything in the dryer. This was a fast way to get my cloth diapers dry so that I could use them since I didn’t have very many diapers to start out with. It only took one time for me to ruin a diaper to vow I would never put my covers and shells into the dryer again! My covers and shells are now always hung up to dry either inside or outside.

Hanging your clothes and diapers outside to dry helps save your money, remove stains from whites and naturally sanitize them. The sun has great powers besides just burning your skin on a hot summer day.

Cloth Diapers Hanging Outside

Cloth Diapers Hanging Outside

If you have any tough stains on your cloth diapers I always suggest putting them out in the sun. The key to getting the stain out is to make sure that your diapers are wet. All you have to do next is put them in a sunny area and leave them. It is really neat to take a before and after picture of your diapers to see the power of the sun.  If your stain doesn’t come out the first time, wet your diaper and leave it out again, just repeat the process until the stain has disappeared.

This past weekend I didn’t have any diapers that had been stained, so I don’t have a before or after picture. As soon as this happens I will write an updated post about it promise!

Do you like hanging your clothes or diapers out to dry? How has your luck been sunning your diapers?

Not Quite Homemade… The Beginning…

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Not Quite Homemade: tips and trick from a working mom. I am a mom to one cute little girl who also works full-time through the week. My husband and I have been finding different ways to save money, and I would like to share those tips with everyone.

I plan to share many different things that can help families out around the house. I will be posting quick and easy recipes for busy families, tips on how to make household chores easier and quicker. Each family is different and some of these tips might not fit your family, but hopefully you will find many that will.

As my family has been looking for different ways to save money we have also looked in to some greener options for our home. I will be exploring many of ways to help my family become more grean and earth friendly, and you will get to ready about that journey.

For those who know me personally you know that I already cloth diaper my daughter and love it. There will be posts on cloth diapering as it has been a great way for our family to save money. Cloth diapers have helped my family look at different ways to save money and it was a great starting point for us looking at where our money was going.

I hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I will have writing it. If you have suggestions on things you would like me to try or review feel free to leave a comment.