Day 5 Recap: I am tired. But, it really has nothing to do with the challenge. If anything, the challenge has kept my mind off of how miserable I am. But, last night my ankle hurt. And, we didn’t have any #2 diapers on Day 4… then Day 5 more than made up for it. So, I took a break. Handwashing on one leg is tough. And this mama needed a day off from laundry.
What to do with the poop?
A lot of mamas use diaper sprayers to clean off diapers before tossing them in the diaper pail or wet bag. I’ve also read a lot of bad reviews about diaper sprayers… I have a giant bathroom/laundry room on my first floor where I keep my diaper pail. Luckily, the shower is right next to the toilet, so I can use the hand held shower head to spray off stubborn diapers.
But, that poses quite difficult on one leg with crutches. So, since I became less mobile, I resorted to the “dunking” or “sloshing” method… which is basically to splash the diaper around in the toilet and flush until it comes clean. It’s a longer process, but it works.
A very nice lady named Heather Lucas in the Flats & Handwashing Challenge Facebook group offered me a ScrubADoozy to try out during the challenge. I had never heard of a ScrubADoozy, but I was looking for something new! A ScrubADoozy is basically an in-toilet washboard to assist in the dunking/sloshing process.
Installation was a breeze. With some plain old 3M adhesive, I stuck the ScrubADoozy to the front side of the toilet bowl (which was actually slightly complicated, because I never realized how contoured the inside of my toilet bowl was!). I let the adhesive dry as long as I could — not the recommended 12 hours, because I’m pregnant and this is the only toilet I can access on my crutches. But, it’s holding up well, and if anything happens, I will get more adhesive and try again when I’m not limping and not being kicked in the bladder.
One of my biggest challenges with both spraying and dunking was getting the leg elastic clean on the covers. No matter how much I dunked or what angle I sprayed, the elastics just never came perfectly clean. With the ScrubADoozy I rub each side of the diaper on the washboard and everything comes off! The washboard comes clean very easily with a single flush. So easy!
Stay tuned for other posts about the challenge:
Day 3: Open Topic
Day 6: Open Topic