A good cloth nappy has good absorbency. But the absorbent fabrics in modern cloth nappies can take a long time to dry after washing.
Truth be told, this can be annoying in winter or the wet season when it’s raining and you only have a couple of clean, dry nappies left in your stash!
Despite this I think we have the perfect climate in Australia for modern cloth nappies. Our winters are relatively mild – think of those poor cloth mamas in the UK or US, or let’s face it, Tasmania, battling their long, freezing winters.
Here are some tips to make the winter cloth nappy experience a breeze:
- It’s worth purchasing a large drying rack. This will enable you to move your laundered nappies easily around the house, say near the window where it’s warmer or close to your heating source such as a fire, heater or ducted heating.
(With line drying it is recommended to hang your nappies horizontally with two pegs, or in half over the line as pictured here. This will preserve your elastics for longer.)
- I personally love my Hanging Dryer Thingo (which I got from that large store where you can buy cheap furniture and eat Swedish meatballs). Perfect for the size of cloth nappies and having one of these leaves room on your drying rack for clothes.
- Don’t be afraid to tumble dry your inserts. With the majority of brands the recommendation is that you can tumble dry your soaker pads or inserts in the dryer on low setting. Really try to avoid tumble drying your outer shell, as this can damage PUL fabric and elastics. Though this is unavoidable if you have All-In-Ones nappies where the insert and outer shell are sewn together. With the financial and environmental cost of using my dryer in mind, I tend to line dry for a day and then pop them in the dryer to finish off.
Also, consider purchasing some Wool Dryer Balls that cut down your tumble drying time down significantly.
- As I’ve mentioned above locate your nappies close to windows or glass doors – it really does make a difference to your drying time.
- 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.
- Even if it’s cold and windy outside, popping your nappies outside even for a little while between rain showers, or down pours, will help dry them more quickly.
- Increase your stash size. The wet weather is a perfect excuse to give yourself permission to purchase more of that fluffy nappy goodness.