Well, I've learned a few things. It's not so hard to handwash. It's not hard to use flats only. But if I did flats only, all the time, I would get a few hemp or bamboo flats big enough to handle my 3 year old's nights. Another thing- there are differences in detergents. Obviously. But handwashing makes it obvious, which detergents work best. So if I ever want to test a detergent, I will handwash for a couple of days. This was an interesting experiment, and I'm glad I participated!