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Conquering Winter Challenges: Tips for Drying Cloth Nappies Fast

Conquering Winter Challenges: Tips for Drying Cloth Nappies Fast

We get it. Trying to dry your modern cloth nappies on cold and dark winter days can feel relentless. Especially when you think wistfully back to the summer days when you would pop them out in the morning, and a few hours later, they’re ready for use.

One of the common problems cloth families have is not knowing how to quicking and efficiently dry cloth nappies during the colder months. This blog post will provide you with our top tips and tricks to overcome the challenge that is Winter with cloth!

Indoor Drying Spaces:

When the weather outside is rainy and damp, it’s time to get creative with indoor drying solutions. Consider the following options:

Clotheshorse: Invest in a sturdy, foldable clotheshorse (drying rack) that can be moved and placed near a heat source like a heater, fireplace or over a ducted heating vent. This allows for optimal air circulation and speeds up drying time.

Clothesline indoors: If you have the space, set up a temporary clothesline indoors in a laundry room or garage. Ensure proper ventilation and aim to position it near a heat source or open window.

Utilise Outside Drying

Just because it’s chilly outside doesn’t mean your nappies can’t dry out there. If it’s not raining, you can hang your nappies on the washing line; otherwise, somewhere undercover, like a carport or deck, will work well.

Even if there are grey clouds for days, the natural airflow (or even better – wind!) means the nappies will dry faster than sitting stagnantly inside. So at worst, a day outside will dry your nappies moderately, and they can be finished off inside overnight.

Boost Drying Efficiency

Maximize the efficiency of your drying methods.

Get them up high: Heat naturally rises, so use this to your advantage and strategically place your nappies up high. You can use a peg hanger and find a spot that you can use to hang them up high. Enclosed spaces will work even better; just ensure there’s some ventilation. Otherwise, an indoor clothesline on a pulley system in the garage can work a treat.

Separate components for faster drying: Disassemble your cloth nappies by removing inserts and boosters and unfolding inserts. This allows each part to dry more quickly and evenly.

Utilize fans or dehumidifiers: Use fans or dehumidifiers in the room to dry your nappies. They help improve air circulation and reduce humidity, expediting the drying process.

Invest in inserts:

Nappy shells are made from PUL fabric and can dry very quickly. However, the inserts are made of natural fibres, like hemp and bamboo, and they take the longest to dry. If you’re finding you can’t get your inserts to dry as fast as you need to keep a regular cloth cycle going, investing in more inserts is a more cost-effective solution (rather than buying shells as well). This will take the pressure off always running low in nappies or needing to resort to disposables. Aim for a rotation/supply to allow sufficient drying time in the colder months.

Lean on technology if you need to:

You can navigate the cloth nappy drying puzzle with the right approach without relying on using a dryer. However, we understand that some households and busy schedules may necessitate this convenience. Rest assured, even if you opt for a dryer, your environmental impact is significantly lower than disposable nappies. We recommend not placing nappy covers in the dryer and only inserts to ensure they are not damaged.

Don’t let Winter dampen your cloth nappy journey. With these practical tips, you can efficiently dry your cloth nappies even in the coldest months. Remember, a little preparation and creativity can go a long way in ensuring your cloth nappies are ready when you need them!

What are your winter drying tips? We’d love to know what you do during Winter?

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