The purpose of the challenge is to prove that cloth diapering doesn't have to be expensive, any one can afford it, and you don't even need electricity to care for your diapers. Many low-income families struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head and the cost of disposable diapers is simply too much for many families. Mothers are admitting to resorting to drastic measures to stretch the use they get from their disposable diapers, this includes attempting to reuse soiled disposables as well as leaving their children in disposables even when they know they're in need of a changing.
These facts are just a way of life for families who think that disposables are their only option. Many do not have on-site laundry washing facilities and do not think that cloth diapering is a possibility.
Through the Flats and Handwashing Challenge moms hope to prove that cloth diapering can be done in the most inexpensive way, effectively, and they can be handwashed without fancy appliances or even electricity.
Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry has even been making some fabuolous Youtube Video Tutorials, which I will share a few with you below. How to make your own Camp Style Bucket Washer, How to fold Flat Diapers and more.
If you're interested in participating make sure you sign up. If you can't or don't want to participate but do want to see how the different participants fare during the challenge make sure that you follow Kim's blog.