How is the handwashing going?
I think it is going well! I’m glad that I didn’t get a camp washer, plunger or washboard as the bathtub is working the best for us. I throw the diapers in to soak in the bathwater while getting the kids to bed. That means that they are in there at least 45 minutes before I come back. And judging by the barnyard smell, its a good way to get the pee out.
I do prewash the poopy diapers and wipes separately in the sink or dishpan at some point during the day.
Once the diapers have done the presoak, I do a batches of 6 flats in hot water washes with a sprinkle of detergent before rinsing under the tub faucet. I let the tub refill while doing the rinsing to do another swish in the tub.
I bet you are wondering how long it takes me. I really don’t know, to be honest.
My baby is being a bit weird about bedtime this week and will seem like she has gone to sleep, only to be back awake 10 minutes later. So there is a lot of extra soaking time as I’ll just start washing and then go back to put her back to sleep.
Or like last night, when all else failed, I put her on my back to get the job done. There was a lot more tub stomping for rinsing than Tuesday night.
Drying is going well. I haven’t worried too much about getting all the water out. We normally hang to dry and our system seems to be working. Tuesday nights diapers were a little damp so I put them back outside in the morning.
The biggest surprise for me is how much water PUL absorbs. Given its waterproof nature I expected to basically pick it out of the water, give it a shake and it would dry quickly. But definitely not. The wetbags and covers hold a LOT of water! I don’t really want to wring PUL, so last night I did the rollup in the towel trick with the covers and they dried over night no problem.