Tips for hand washing cloth diapers. Because maybe you like to pretend you live in the 1800's.
1. Approximately 1 week before attempting to wash your cloth diapers by hand, begin feeding your wee babe a diet of cheese and apples. This will ensure they create those cute little turdlettes that roll right into the toilet leaving the diaper nearly clean.*
2. Approximately 3 days before attempting to wash your cloth diapers by hand, use your tub to shave your legs. I chose 3 because you don't want to turn into Chewbaca, however you don't want to give your husband the expectation that you'll be shaving your legs any more often. Also, after you see what floats in your tub, you won't want to take a bath in there.
3. It should go without saying, but every time your little darling poops, flush it down the toilet! The job is long, nasty and TERRIBLE if you don't. This is true whether doing this by hand or using your washer. Even if you use disposable diapers, you're supposed to do that. No, for reals. Go check the side of the package... I'll wait...
see???? No, no one does that... but you should.
4. I keep my diapers in a 'wet bag'. They are AMAZINGLY awesome. I used to just throw them in old grocery bags 'til wash day, but that was just nasty. The wet bag keeps the smells to itself. Of course, after a few days of sitting in a bag, the dirty diapers could very easily burn your nose hairs. I filled the bath tub for the first soak, set the wet bag in there and filled it up with water. I never smelled a dang thing. 'Twas a better smell experience than using the washer!
5. I use a big paint stick to slosh 'em around. Not because I'm worried about getting my hands dirty... I long ago gave up on that... it's the bowling ball that prohibits me from bending over correctly.
6. Approximately...... *here* .......you'll be glad you shaved your legs. Drain tub. Fill with warm water. Use detergent. Soak forever.
7. Drain the tub. You're nearly there. Fill back up with warm water and detergent. Scrub 'em up!
8. Drain the tub, rinse 'em out and SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE. You'll never do as good a job as your washer. (frowny face.) Hang them out to dry and fluff them in your dryer so they're soft for the lil' one's tushy. Your electric bill will thank you.
9. Get yourself a cold drink. You'll feel like you worked all day, but you only did one measly, very specific laundry load for the day. Everyone else still expects clean clothes too.
10. Don't feel bad for me. We just haven't had the time to fix the effed-up-laundry situation. We're thinking 'pipe-snake' before we go full-on new pump. We've got A LOT of ridiculous stuff (no, really, you wouldn't believe me if I told you) coming to a head (gross analogy) this weekend... then it's project laundry and project classroom. Hell or high water. Really.
*Don't be a moron. Some of these things are just silly. Don't really feed your kid a diet of cheese. Although it may seem handy.