One question that I get regularly in my Cloth Diaper 101 classes is, “Can you dry cloth diapers?” My answer usually goes a little something like this. The wash instructions of most, if not all, modern cloth diapers allow for the use of a dryer, but your diapers will last longer and will look prettier if you don’t.
Yeah right, so how will sunning my diapers make them look prettier?
Just like the sun lightens your hair, the sun will also lighten stains. I have gotten direct compliments from manufacturers on the looks of my 9 month old diapers after directly sunning them after every wash. Additionally, the heat from the sun kills any odor causing bacteria trapped in the stain.
How will it make my diapers last longer?
The mere act of being beaten around in the dryer causes wear on your diapers. It may be a small amount, but small amounts add up over time. The best analogy I have heard yet is your favorite pair of underwear. Underwear, while they say they can be tumble dried the manufacturers suggest hang drying them to preserve the elastic and shape. Diapers aren’t any different
So what if I choose to dry my diapers?
If you choose to dry your diapers in a dryer, have no fear. They will still survive. My suggestion to you is to check with your manufacturer for safe temperature ranges. I have included the recommendations for several diapers that Simple Baby carries.
GroVia™ – Tumble Dry Low
AppleCheeks – Hang dry when possible, tumble dry low when not. Inserts can be dried on hot or hang dried.
BumGenius – Hang dry when possible, avoid temperatures exceeding 100°F or 60°C when not.
Bottombumpers – Tumble Dry or Line Dry
Babykicks – Tumble dry on medium heat.