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?