Flats & Handwashing Challenge

No washer?
No dryer?
No problem. 

What is the Challenge?

One week.

No washing machine.
No dryer.

Can you? Do you? Will you?

Exceptions apply, 2020 Rules will be posted. The event runs every May. This is the 10th annual Flats & Handwashing #FlatsChallenge.

About the Challenge

The Flats & Handwashing Challenge was started 10 years ago by Kim Rosas of Dirty Diaper Laundry as a way to show that flat cloth diapers and hand washing are real solutions for families that struggle with diaper need.

No child should have to go without clean diapers. 

The Flats Challenge was hosted by Jenny McClamroch at Cloth Diaper Revival from 2017 – 2019. 

The Cloth Diaper Podcast is hosting the 2020 Flats & Handwashing Challenge.


Diaper Need

1 in 3 families struggle to provide clean diapers for their baby in the United States. 

1 in 5 families struggle in Canada. 

In Facebook groups, on the news, and at parent groups, we’ve all met parents with the financial stress of purchasing diapers. They might push a diaper change, reuse a disposable, or choose diapers over food. 

This conversation about diaper need, or nappy stress, is prevalent – but, what’s missing from the conversation is the very real and practical choice of cloth diapers. 


Why Flats? Why Hand Wash?

Flats are cheap and simple cloth diapers that many of us already have access too. They are single sheets of absorbent material like an old cotton sheet. 

Hand washing because not everyone has access to washing facilities – and if you’re willing and able it’s one way to clean cloth diapers.

Flats & Handwashing is not for everyone. It can be the answer for some and reduce the financial stress of how the next bill will be paid.

Because every baby deserves to be clean, dry and healthy.

What to Expect

The Flats & Handwashing challenge is an opportunity for advocacy, learning, and community.

It’s an opportunity to learn how to hand wash diapers. For many, this is very humbling. It’s hard work. But, you never know when you might be without electricity or access to a store. You might never know when financial hardship comes.

This is an opportunity to talk about cloth diapering with your friends and family – and show them how modern the cloth diaper is today. With or without a washing machine it is something we can do, and return to. 

It’s an opportunity to ground yourself. 

The Flats & Handwashing Challenge is for any parent who is interested in talking about diaper need and the practicalities of modern day cloth diapering.

Happy Parents


I participate because I was low income and struggling to afford diapers.  I didn’t learn about cloth till my third child – and I was so angry because cloth would have saved me from so much stress with my first two kids. I want to make sure people know that cloth diapering is an option. And a doable one.

- Pam Jones, Past Participant.

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