We are in the midst of a move. So, I knew that we would be without easy access to a washer and dryer for awhile (currently 10 days...) But, I had planned to used cloth diapers throughout the process. Or, I thought I had. I made a few grossly inaccurate assumptions. Actually, just one- that my home-owning, nearly 40-year-old cousin with whom we would be staying for 2 nights owns a washer and dryer.
Upon arrival, I discovered he didn't. Then, I learned fact two- also does not own stopper for his tub. I guess those things are easily lost. So, we used disposables for two days. And, I remembered why I hated them- they are stinky, and we have constant blow-outs.
So, when we moved into a hotel, I wanted to get Q-ball back in cloth. But, I hate hotel washers and certainly don't trust them with washing diapers. So, I decided to handwash. This was a bit of an impulse decision on my part (in my defense, I had some poopy diapers that were a few days old.) I hadn't done any research on how to do it, and I really didn't have the right materials (detergent type, gloves, drying rack.) But, before I knew it, the diapers were in the tub and my hands were jumping in right after them. Thankfully, I have a patient husband.
It didn't seem to be a complete failure, but I have since bought some Rockin' Green (usually just use a free and clear) just to avoid possible chemical burn on hands and because I am more worried about build-up with this method.
So, if you are traveling and planning on using cloth diapers, here's some advice that should have probably been common sense:
1) Make sure there's a washer.
2) Have a contingency plan, just in case.