We all know that using cloth nappies means keeping to a good washing routine, but during winter, it’s the drying that can cause a bit of a headache.
So far this winter, the weather has been a bit hit and miss (and to be honest, the summer wasn’t that great either, was it?!)
In this two part blog, we’ve collected together hints and tips on how to cope with tricky weather conditions from parents all over the world – do you have any we haven’t mentioned? Let us know!
- First of all, summer or winter, take advantage of the weather
Even in November we can have beautiful sunny days, and just because its ‘summer’ doesn’t necessarily mean wall to wall sunshine, so take advantage of the sunlight to keep your nappies white.
Sunlight is a natural bleaching agent and even a small amount (even through windows!) can help keep nappies stain free. Even a small amount of time outside will remove moisture from your nappies and keep them nicely aired. You can always finish them off inside.
- Don’t underestimate the power of the spin
Select a high spin setting on your washing machine will get as much moisture as possible from your nappies, which in turn will get the drying process off to a good start. If your nappies are sopping wet, its stands to reason that drying will take a lot longer than if your nappies are soggy at best.
Bamboo fibre is super absorbent, which makes it perfect for nappies, but obviously takes longer to dry. A good spin in the machine will help the nappies dry quicker.
- Dry overnight
Having damp nappies around the house can make you feel like you’re living in a laundry. Doing a wash in the evening and leaving them to dry on a clothes horse overnight can help keep everywhere clutter-free.
By placing the airer near the radiator, especially if you have the heating on anyway, you don’t use any extra heating and your nappies will be nicely dry by morning.
Everyone has their own tricks to keep cloth nappies washed and dried well. In fact, we have a few more tips up our sleeve - see our next blog post for more hints to help keep your nappies cycle going whatever the weather!