As much as I love hanging my diaper covers out in the sunshine to remove stains and stink, the fact is that it’s just not always possible. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, especially during spring rains. Other times, I have just waited too long to do laundry and end up completing a load of diapers at 10 p.m. when there is no sun in sight!
Rather than tossing the covers in the dryer, I choose to preserve the life of the PUL material in my diapers by making sure to air dry every time. Even when it’s not possible to hang diapers on the line outside, diapers can be dried indoors for little to no cost.
Drape them all over the house. This method won’t win you a feature on HGTV for decorating, but you can commandeer your furniture to use as impromptu drying racks. Fortunately, most diaper covers are made of thin materials that dry quickly and shouldn’t warp furniture. However, do make sure to exercise caution if using wood furniture. I have found that baby gates make particularly great drying racks. Just remove the diapers before your toddler gets up from naptime, or you’ll find diaper covers all over your house!
Shower rod/bathroom. An especially great option for thicker diaper covers, such as itti bitti, which are a little more soggy right out of the washing machine – just drape as many covers as you can across your shower rod or shower stall. Or use a hanging clothes rack such as Clothesline Company DUO hanger, which allows you to move the drying diapers out of the way easily when you need the shower for, well, showering!
A simple (or complex!) drying rack. My personal favorite is a drying rack, which I keep in my garage right next to the washer and dryer. I recommend the Honey Can Do Two-Tier or Three-Tier Mesh Top Drying Racks for a larger capacity than a simple wooden rack.
Before we moved into our current house, I even put the drying rack right in the middle of my kitchen.
There are a number of other drying options that can keep your cloth diapers from unnecessary stress in the dryer. What are your favorite indoor drying techniques?
Jenny Bradford is a mom to two cotton babies, Little Sir born Oct. 2009, and Little Lady, born Feb. 2011. She lives in the Dallas, TX area with her husband, Christian, and can be found at Conscientious Confusion – a blog about living consciously, which often encompasses: green living, natural health, conscientious consumerism, cloth diapering, and living frugally.