A Lesson in Line Drying

Should you line dry your diapers?  Does it really make THAT big of a difference?

In the 2nd Annual Cloth Diaper Pulse Survey by DiaperShops.com it was found that about half of cloth diapering parents line dry their diapers while the other half fluff them in the dryer.  Most manufacturers recommend either line drying or fluffing on a low/medium heat.  If you are using cloth diapers to save your family money or to be more eco-friendly you may want to consider line drying your diapers more often.

Line drying can extend the life of your diapers.  Heat can have a huge impact on both the PUL and elastic that are common in cloth diapers.

Line drying in the sun (direct or indirect) can naturally bleach and deodorize your diapers.  Lay them in the sun while wet and stains and odors will magically disappear.

Line drying can be done indoors or out.  Any natural light will work, it doesn’t have to be a direct sunlight outdoors.  Some families have even been known to air dry their diapers in the front window of their car in the winter.

Think outside the clothes line.  Some home owners associations, apartments, and condos restrict the use of traditional clothes lines.  Consider laying your diapers out on a collapsible drying rack, table, back side of chairs, hammock, or hanging from hangers on a porch.  These more temporary set ups aren’t “eye sores” like other clothes lines may be to the associations.

Refluff if needed!  Some inserts or diapers may get still when line dried.  Consider a quick tumble in the dryer to refull your stash if this happens to you.  It’s also considered safe(r) by some manufacturers to use Ecover Fabric Softener on cloth diapers.  If you happen to live in an area without hard water you can even try adding a little vinegar to your rinse cycle to soften up your diapers.

What creative ways have you found to line dry your diapers?  Do you find that your life is too busy to line dry?  Or do you make it a habit to extend the life of your diapers?

About The Eco Chic

Calley Pate is a 30-something wife and mom of 2 with a love for the environment. Her passion led her to cloth diapering and all things related to natural parenting. Calley is a Biologist turned Social Media & Marketing addict who enjoys spending all day online talking about diapers and gets to call it work. You can find Calley on The Eco Chic blog, hosting cloth diaper Twitter Parties at Eco Chic Parties, and working behind the scenes with many of your favorite cloth diapering companies including DiaperShops.com/Kelly’s Closet and itti bitti.
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7 Responses to A Lesson in Line Drying

  1. Leona says:

    There won’t be an option for us as we don’t have a dryer. The electricity costs would be enough for us to line-dry regularly even if we did.

    • Badrul says:

      I used cloth diapers with my son and plan to use them again on my new baby. I bohugt mine at Sears (in small and large sizes). They are called Cuddlers (although I have heard that the Kushies are great as well). These ones require a plastic liner to be used along with them (I bohugt plastic Kushies liners). My mom made liners made out of flannel to place inside the diaper (you can buy these as well). This helped with the clean-up, especially when he had more solid poop. He only started to wear them at around 1 1/2 months since they are too big for a newborn.I liked them a lot, although they did leak more often than a disposable diaper would. For this reason, I would suggest that you use disposable diapers at night. I also found that he had to be changed more often since the diaper remains wet against the skin, unlike a disposable diaper. They are great if you have problems with severe diaper rash, as my son did.They are a little expensive to purchase, but well worth the investment.All in all, they save money and are more environmentally friendly.Good luck!

  2. Denee says:

    I love line drying my diapers!
    I’m a bit bummed that summer is over,so outside line drying has been hung up (pun intended)
    But I still like to line dry my pockets 🙂

    • Sandra says:

      I bought them. I found them kind of a haslse to wash at home myself. I am also a member of some other boards and you can see how some of them have issues with them stinking and wicking when they home launder. You may want to look into a diaper service if you are interested in cloth. With that all you need to purchase is covers. I personally liked the bummis SWW

  3. Jennifer Johansen says:

    I hadn’t actually thought of line drying inside. I live in Washington, where it rains nine months out of the year, so line drying outside rather defeats the purpose. Where can I get one of those hangers from the picture? I would so use something like that!

  4. Michelle Turner says:

    I recently got my husband to bring home some stuff from work to make me as well as my neighbor who also uses cloth diapers — our very own clothes lines! We absolutely love hanging them up to see the rainbow of colors when they’re outside drying (which I would love to add a RaR Preppy print to my stash!). She and I were talking and she mentioned to me that line drying can help increase the life of the PUL inside my diapers as well as helping with not wearing out the elastic so quickly.

  5. Laura says:

    I line dry all of mine in the summer and line dry covers inside during the winter. It’s helped get out a lot of stains! I always just use a drying rack which is always up in our laundry room.

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