HOW TO DRY YOUR CLOTH NAPPIES, EVEN IN WINTER
Ah, yes, the challenge of finding the bottom of the washing basket. As soon as you get close it seems to fill back up again. The never-ending washing pile is tricky enough to stay on top of at the best of times so we’re sharing our top tips for drying your nappy stash this winter.
Find the right position
When it’s cold and windy, popping your nappies outside even for a little while between rain showers or downpours will help them to dry faster once indoors. Rain isn’t always the enemy either as is great for strip washing cloth nappies & they’ll smell fantastic afterwards!
If it’s too wet to head outdoors, hang your nappies close to windows or glass doors – it really does make a difference to your drying time and the winter sun can still reduce and even remove some stains as well as kill bacteria. Ceiling airers or anything that gets your washing up high works well as that’s where lots of the heat goes.
Increase your stash size
The wet weather is a perfect excuse to give yourself permission to purchase more of that fluffy nappy goodness. If you're going to get some extra nappies for your stash, it's worth considering those that are faster drying. Nappy styles where the absorbent part can separate from the waterproof shell - like Baba & Boo, Close Pop-ins or TotsBots Peenut nappies mean that the shell can be used soon after washing with extra inserts or boosters. Some cloth nappies dry much quicker than others so having a variety means you should always have some to use.
Don’t fear the tumble dryer
With the majority of cloth nappy brands the recommendation is that you can tumble dry your inserts on a low setting. Really try to avoid tumble drying your outer shell, as this can damage the PUL fabric and elastics. This is unavoidable if you have All-In-Ones nappies where the insert and outer shell are sewn together. If you do put nappies which have elastic components in the dryer, make sure you let them cool before taking them out - stretching elastic while it's still warm can reduce the elasticity. With the financial and environmental cost of using the dryer in mind, you could line dry for a day and then pop them in the dryer to finish off.
Wash your nappies more often
I know, who wants to do that? But if your machine has water level settings for load size or automatically adjusts to load size then it’s worth considering. Smaller, more frequent washes will ensure you always have dry nappies ready to use.
One of the most simple ways of dealing with drying nappies in winter is to get extra inserts. As a rule your nappy outers will dry quickly, but the inserts can take a while to dry. Natural fabrics work really well as cloth nappies, as they absorb lots and then hold onto the liquid well. The down side to this is that they hold onto liquid well, which means that drying takes longer. Having a few extra inserts around means that you don’t have to wait for everything to dry before you use the nappy again.
What are your winter drying tips? We'd love to hear what works for you.