Cloth Diapering 101: Sunning your cloth diapers
March 12, 2012 11:14 am
It is a gorgeous, sunny day here in St. Louis, which is a great reminder that spring is on its way. That means, after the long dreary days of winter, it’s finally time to get those diapers out for some sun!
If you’ve never tried sunning your cloth diapers, now is a great time to start. Sunning your diapers can help to remove stains, brighten and even sanitize your diapers. You don’t have to have a clothesline to do this. You can use a drying rack outside, lay them on your patio furniture or even along the edge of your deck. If it is a breezy day, don’t forget to secure your diapers so they don’t wind up in your neighbor’s yard. Or maybe you do want them to visit next door so you can strike up a conversation about modern cloth diapers. *wink*
How do you sun your cloth diapers? I’m glad you asked, because it’s really easy. First, wash your diapers as normal. Then, while still wet, take them outside to a sunny area. Place them cotton or suede cloth side up (the inside part that is closest to your baby’s bottom when worn) and let them dry in the sun. That’s it, super simple!
For difficult, set in stains (blueberries, anyone?) you may want to repeat this process a few times, but there’s no need to do it during the same day. Let your little one wear them and just set them in the sun the next time you wash on a sunny day.
For those in warmer climates or as the heat of summer comes along, do not leave them in full sun during hot temperatures for too long. This could cause damage to some elements of the diaper, similar to drying on high heat in a dryer. Check your diapers regularly and when they are dry, bring them in.
No sun where you are? Don’t worry. Many customers report that they can sun their diapers indoors, near a window with success. It may not work quite as quickly as outdoors in full sun, but it often works in a pinch.
Have you tried sunning your diapers? Where do you put your diapers? Any tips you’d like to share with us?