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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Why Line Dry?

When I first started looking at cloth diapering, I remember reading a lot about line drying your diapers. But other than saving a few bucks on the energy bill, I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to take that much time to dry a diaper. So I looked into it and I have to say that today, I line dry all my pocket shells and often hang the inserts and pail liners out as well. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why!

1. Many manufacturers recommend it. When I first used Bumgenius, I remember reading in their wash instructions that you could put their diapers through the dryer on medium with no issues. Later, they changed their recommendations to “line-dry covers and diaper shells. Tumble dry inserts, fitteds and prefolds” (Bumgenius- http://www.bumgenius.com/help.php). Line drying actually saves your diapers and gives them a slightly longer life. This is especially true for the aplix on diapers. The less the aplix goes through the dryer, the longer it lasts.
2. The sun helps remove stubborn stains. I talked about this one in more detail yesterday, but again, the sun helps bleach out stains. It’s especially effective on EBF poop.
3. The fresh air helps clear out stubborn diaper stink. After several dries in my dryer, my inserts often smell funky. One easy cure for that is to hang them outside. They smell great after a few hours in the fresh air!
4. It saves you money. It’s no surprise to anyone that running the dryer costs you money. Even hanging just your diaper load saves you the money from running the dryer that one time. And since we all wash diapers regularly, that adds up to a lot by the end of the diapering days.

So the next time the sun’s out this winter, rare I know, try hanging those diapers outside (so long as it's warm enough)! Otherwise, you can always hang them indoors on a drying rack or you can do what I do and hang them on hangers on the shower curtain rod. :)


Unknown said...

I like the hanger idea! I live in Florida so it's sunny most of the time, but the past couple of days the weather was just horrible and it has been raining non-stop

Kristi26 said...

Thanks! :)

It's raining here today, too. And it's supposed to rain for the next several days...I think the weather guy even said something about the possibility of the first snow this week. Ugh. I guess that means my diapers will be hanging in my bathroom starting now for the next several months!

Melissa said...

I line dry my flip covers and bg shells on a tri level drying rack but I always dry the inserts in the dryer, mostly because I live in Alaska and it's rarely sunny and warm at the same time. In the summer, I can dry them outside sometimes.