Question: are you crazy to move into a 22 foot motorhome with cloth diapers for two and no washer/dryer?!
But here’s the plan: First, I am switching to flat diapers in preparation for our newborn-to-be.
I love flat diapers for several reasons:
- they are super cheap
- they take up very little room
- they are a cinch to wash
- they dry if you look at them hard
- they are one-size-fits-all
- they are old-fashioned
It will be easy to wash wet diapers in the sink or at a campground and hang dry them inside of an hour to use again. In this way, we will not get too desperate for a laundromat.
Both babies will use the same diapers so there will be no need to store them separately.
Storage space will be much less than with fluffy prefolds, fitteds, pockets, or all-in-one diapers.
Many, many flat diapers will fit into the zippered hanging wetbag that will be our diaper pail.
We use only wool covers, which are re-used again and again without washing due to wool’s amazing properties. When they do need to be washed, I will hand wash them in the sink/a bucket/the tub.
Concerned that I am using a public laundry facility to wash cloth diapers? I am too, a little. Baby bottoms are so pure and sensitive, and it is important to me that only clean cotton be used to cover bottoms and genitals–that’s one reason why we cloth diaper in the first place!
So, while I have no worries about the cleanliness of my diaper washing routine (the diapers come out perfectly sanitary and so do the machines), I am used to having my own washer and not having to worry about the cleanliness of the other users!
I plan to use vinegar in each wash as a disinfectant against what might be lurking in the machine. I will use baking soda as a deodorant in hopes that it will counteract any residual scented detergent. And I will take comfort in knowing that flat diapers are so thin that they do not hold onto bacteria or chemicals, but wash out very thoroughly.
I will dry on high heat as an extra precaution, nonetheless. Flat diapers can take that kind of treatment.