I'm a new mother (our son was born on April 6, 2010), but I've always known that we would use cloth diapers. There are many reasons cloth diapers are appealing to me, but I'd be lying if I said cost wasn't in the top three.
As a new mother, I understand my limitations and I'm also very practical. Like most mothers, I'm a multitask-er and am always looking for ways to save time (and money).
Considering my time constraints (and sleep deprivation), I did not think drying my cloth diapers (and covers) outside on a line was very practical. However, I live in Austin, Texas - where we have an average of 300 days a year of sunshine - so I wanted to at least try.
My backyard isn't very conducive to hanging a rope in one location. I have several trees and no single area of our backyard stays sunny all day long. Since I never know what time of day I might get around to doing laundry (back to that new mother, no sleep thing), I didn't want to install a permanent rope line that I could only use a couple hours a day.
My solution - HANGERS! I have tons of them and they're super easy to place in multiple places in my backyard depending upon the time of day and where the sun is shining. Also, hangers make it easy for me to group items together. For example, I can hang two covers on one hanger and two AIOs on another hanger and since the covers dry much faster I can bring those hangers in sooner. In the event of rain, hangers are very easy to hang on my shower curtain rod.
Granted I haven't been doing this very long, but I feel like I came up with a good solution to my line drying problem. Hangers make it possible for me dry my diapers outside in an efficient and cost-effective way.
By Stephanie N.