Making sure to dry your diapers completely is the key to avoiding mold and other issues. However, too much time in a dryer or too high of a temperature setting can degrade the elastic, PUL and hook and loop on your cloth diapers. It’s a fine line that can sometimes seem tricky. To make it easier for you, we’re breaking down the tips according to type of diaper.
bumGenius Freetime all-in-one cloth diapers:
Since pocket style diapers have a PUL outer and a thin layer of stay dry material, like suede cloth, we recommend line drying the covers, especially if they have hook and loop closures.
Inserts can be tumbled dry on a medium setting.
AIO style diapers with hook and loop closure, like bumGenius Newborns (Littles):
It’s very difficult to get this style of AIO diaper dry without a tumble cycle. At the same time, you don’t want to over dry the diapers and risk losing elasticity, delaminatating PUL or ruining hook and loop. For best results, we recommend turning the diaper inside out before placing it in the dryer, to help the absorbent inner layers to dry. Because of the hook and loop closure, you do not want to use a high temperature to dry these diapers. We recommend drying them on a low setting for as long as necessary to avoid issues with the hook and loop. You can also add wool dryer balls to help wick away the moisture and lessen the dry time for this style of diaper.
AIO style diapers with snap closures, like bumGenius Elemental:
Very similar to the bumGenius Newborns, but because these diapers have snaps, you can tumble them on medium setting. Again, adding wool dryer balls may help to lessen your dry time.