Winter is coming! And with it the damp cold weather which can make drying reusable nappies a little more challenging, but with a little creativity the nappies don’t have to take over your home.
Firstly, if you have access to outside space they can still be hung out if it’s not raining, they may not dry completely but they will take less time to completely dry inside after a few hours hung out. Air flow is really key so try to place them somewhere in your home where air circulates.
Reusable nappies dry really well on sock drying racks, also known as “socktopus”. They are small and unintrusive, making it easy to hang them discreetly in various places and move them around as needed.
Another great option is a back-of-the-door drier, which can fold down to be flush with the door when not in use.
If convenient drying is something you want to invest in and you have a little ceiling height then a pulley maid will be useful for all your washing as they are raised to the ceiling once loaded and can stay there until you’re ready to sort. A budget-friendly alternative to this would be to use a pressure mounted curtain/shower rod.
And of course, the humble clothes horse tucked in next to a radiator will also do the job! You can also find nifty radiator airers which hang over the radiator so the nappies aren’t in direct contact with it.
Some nappies will be easier to dry with those made with the most absorbent materials taking longest. If easy drying is key for you, you could also look at nappies that come in parts rather than all in ones or fitted nappies which are made of thicker layers of material. Prefolds and other flat nappies are a great easy drying option as well as pocket or pocket and popper nappies.
As the PUL wraps, and outer parts of pocket nappies will dry much quicker than your absorbent inserts it may also be worth investing in a few extra inserts so that you don’t run out while you’re waiting for them to dry.
A dehumidifier can help absorb the moisture from the nappies and works well in a smaller room to get them dry. Most nappies can also be tumble dried on a low setting and some retailers say that using a heated airer is fine for their inserts but not the PUL (waterproof) part without damaging the material. The cost of running these appliances will vary with their efficiency and your tariff so it is worth doing a little research to find the best option for your home. Remember to check for any specific manufacturer care instructions to ensure your nappies are kept in the best condition.
Do you have any other tips or tricks for drying your baby’s reusable nappies, let us know!