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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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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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Line Drying Inside

When I first switched to cloth I wanted to do everything right. I had read that line drying covers helps to extend the life of the elastic and PUL so I knew I wanted to line dry them, but I couldn’t seem to find the “right” way to do it. Well, it turns out that there is no “right” way. All things being equal, it is probably best to line dry outside where the sun can assist in bleaching/sanitizing the diapers, but if it too rainy, too windy, or too cold outside or if you do laundry at night like I do so that in the morning my entire stash is clean (except of course the diaper being worn), then outside really isn’t an option. So around the house they go. Some mornings I walk downstairs to my beautifully hanging diaper covers strewn about and wonder if anyone else “decorates” their house the way I do. Depending on what other laundry is also drying and how organized my laundry room is I might do any of the following: Scour the house for hooks (coat hooks, towel hooks, bag hooks) and drape the cover over the hook Hang the diaper over the long part of a hanger, like I would hang pants, and then hang the hanger from the shower curtain rod, cabinet drawer or cupboard handles, really anything Lay the …

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Twice Desperation Drove Me To Line Dry My Diapers

Twice desperation drove me to line dry my diapers. After giving it a few tries, the benefits have kept me coming back. The first time I tried line drying my diapers was for economic reasons. No, not the savings that I might accrue on my electricity bill- I was simply out of quarters. We live in an apartment and I wash my diapers in a coin-operated machine. One week I forgot to plan well, and I found myself at the end of the day with a load of diapers to do and only enough quarters for the wash. I washed as usual and hung the diapers inside on a drying rack. There was snow on the ground outside, so waiting for a nice day was out of the question. This method worked well enough. The next morning my prefolds and all of my covers were dry, if a bit stiff and oddly shaped, but my pocket diaper inserts remained damp. While I liked saving the money on the dryer, the stiffness bothered me, so I returned to my coin and energy wasting ways and continued to use the dryer. Fast-forward to spring: my diapers had developed a serious funk. Remember that whole shared-washer thing? I can’t control the types of detergent my neighbors use in the washer, or the fabric softener sheets they put in the dryer. Something nasty was …

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