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Cloth Diaper Drying Hacks

Punxsutawney Phil might have seen his shadow on February 2, but you and I both know that it doesn’t tell us anything about getting our diapers dry. Even here in Southern California where winter of 2015 has included several days in the 80s, there’s no guarantee that the weather will cooperate in my attempts to dry a load of diapers. But I don’t own a dryer and I’m not about to spend my entire winter feeding quarters to the coin operated dryers. If you’re in the same position or you are just looking for ways to cut the drying time needed for your diapers, here are some ideas for drying your diapers whatever the weather forecast: 1) Invest in a spin dryer. Spin dryers are small machines that spin wet clothes much faster than your standard spin cycle on a washing machine. With so much more water drained from your diapers, drying will take considerably less time, whatever method you choose. I first saw one of these in action as a teen, while visiting a friend in Northern Europe. At the time I was convinced it was one of the best modern inventions and couldn’t understand why they weren’t more widely used in the United States. All these years later, I still don’t understand. 2) Install retractable clotheslines. My HOA doesn’t allow clotheslines. They think them unsightly. Someone obviously hasn’t …

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Line Drying Cloth Diapers

When you rent a flat in England, you often discover a washing machine where the dishwasher usually resides in an American kitchen. Space is limited, so a laundry room is a luxury. In many homes, so is a dryer. Our family brought about 10 changes of clothes per person for our summer abroad. Whatever we packed, we had to carry on buses, trains, subways, and in airports. This requires staying on top of laundry in a new way with a family of five, especially with no dryer. As a result, I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for the drying rack. Our first flat lacked a drying rack and we didn’t want to invest in one for such a short stay, so we made due. Our current residence sports two drying racks and space to use them. While I sometimes miss the convenience of a dryer, I’ve also come to appreciate the economy and simplicity of line drying. I’ve wanted to line dry cloth diapers for quite some time, but I always pictured them hanging on an outdoor line and this is prohibited by the HOA where I live. Indoor drying seemed time consuming and impractical. This may still be the case in the winter, but indoor drying has proved very effective for us here – and England isn’t exactly experiencing a summer heat wave. We are currently using traditional metal …

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Let the Sun Shine In

It was a long winter. Even in Texas it was a loooooong winter. In all honesty, this winter I was lazy about laundry. I just let stains sit while I ran around with an infant and toddler. I didn’t try our stain remover. I didn’t spray the diapers of my exclusively breast fed babe. I didn’t use a liner after my toddler noshed on steamed beets. Then finally, when we all were convinced it wouldn’t happen, warm air finally pushed through the ice and snow! That very day I put the diapers out on the line, and it was unsightly. I decided to share these pictures of our overnight diapers because I think many of us are unaware of just how powerful the sun really is. When the subject of stains comes up, the solutions often include additives like oxygen bleach, chlorine bleach, and other laundry additives. I like keeping things simple; I also like saving money; last, even though we have water treatment plants I prefer limiting the waste we put into the environment. When sunning, there are several things to keep in mind for the most success. Obviously, preventative measures may lessen the staining that would require sunning. Using water helps, whether with a sprayer, dunking, or whatever your method. Spraying or washing sooner rather than later also helps keep stains from setting. Using a liner can help …

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Drying Diapers Made Easy

Many cloth diaper users struggle with finding the perfect wash routine for their diapers, but the options for drying diapers are much simpler and fool proof. Some people get quite creative when it comes to drying: I’ve seen diapers hanging on cribs, on hangers in the windows, over balconies and on make-shift clothes lines in the shower. For me the best and most versatile way to dry my diapers is on an expandable drying rack and an octopus hanger. Before I had my daughter, I always hung my clothes on a $15 expandable drying rack that I picked up in a big box store, so I knew using it to dry my diapers would be just as convenient. I have a smaller rack that fits two days worth of diapers perfectly. I hang the covers and inserts on the rack, and use an octopus hanger to hang my cloth wipes. I set the rack up in my laundry room, hang the diapers, and then if it’s not raining, take the rack outside. Even as the weather turns colder, I can still sun the diapers and air them out, then bring them back inside easily to finish drying. I also like the drying rack, because sometimes I am just too lazy or too tired to stuff and fold my diapers at the end of the day. I can easily move the …

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Walking on Sunshine

While I was researching cloth diapers before my daughter’s arrival, I often came across mamas talking about the power of the sun. Have a stubborn ebf stain? Put it in the sun! Poosplosion onto your favorite onesie? Put it in the sun! Red wine spill on your white carpet? Ok, let’s be real, no one with kids has white carpet. In all seriousness, the sun does do magical things to stained diapers. I was excited for my first badly stained diaper so I could try it out. Unfortunately, (or fortunately?) my diapers are coming out sparkly white, largely in part due to our diaper sprayer. For the sake of this post, I took a pretty messy poo diaper and stuck it straight in the diaper pail instead of rinsing it off, with the hopes that it would come out stained. Side note: Exclusively breastfed poo is water-soluble and will dissolve in the washer so spraying is not necessary. I choose to spray my diapers because it helps tremendously with stain and stink control. And it also keeps my husband from thinking there is poo floating in our washer. My plan worked. Please reference Exhibit A: A badly stained Light It Up Blue Fuzzibunz, taken straight from the washer. I took this diaper, still damp from the wash and placed it outside in the sun at 8:36 am. As you can …

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