If I had a dollar for every time I have heard, “I can’t line-dry, we can’t have a clothesline where I live,” over the past 3 years, well… I would have enough money to buy a new stash of diapers! It seems there are always HOAs in condos or rules in apartments saying the occupants cannot put a line outside the dwelling. Or people will say their weather is bad, so line-drying isn’t an option. Well, I live in Washington- the state- where it rains 362 days of the year (but you’d better believe I have my diapers out in the sun on those 3 days of the year we see the light!), and I still line-dry my diapers. I just had to do some rigging.
First, I bought a drying rack- the cheap wooden kind my grandma would have hung “slacks” on back in the day. (‘m pretty sure I paid $10 for it. I tried it out- draped my diapers over it, but I really couldn’t fit a lot, and they really didn’t get dry all that fast. Back to the store. I found some pant hangers that had clips on them for holding the pants on- and the clips were removable, so I bought them, took them home, and put the clips on my drying rack. Voila! It held a lot more diapers! Then I found those same clips for cheaper in the laundry section of another store- sans hangers- so I got more! By this time, I’ve still spent only about $25 for my whole drying rack with clips.
I’ve been drying my diapers on these racks for almost 2 years now. I hang the diapers up during the day, leave them overnight, and by morning all the inserts need is a “fluff” in the dryer for about 10 minutes. I’m not doing 2 cycles in the dryer like I did when I first started using cloth, and that really helps the electric bill! (Hey, more money saved that I can spend on diapers!) Oops, sorry… I mean better for the environment and stuff. But really, I think I’m extending the life of my diapers by not tumbling them for a couple of hours in the dryer, and at the very least I’m saving electricity.
So for the bargain price of around $25, you, too can line-dry your diapers.
By Stacy F.