Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Diapers on the Clothesline

Isn't it a pretty sight?

Now that the Spring-that-never-was has finally decided to give way to some warm weather, I thought it would nice to be able to hang the diapers outside to dry. I keep hearing that when you dry them this way, the sun has a natural bleaching effect that helps get rid of, poo stains. A few of Sly's diapers had such stains, so I asked Tom to hang this line for me last week.

The diapers dried very quickly outside, and I think the stains may have faded a little bit. But I don't think I'll do it again. The diapers are stiff as boards, and I can't imagine they will be at all comfortable on my baby's little bottom! I'm even considering re-wetting them and just drying them in the drier with my four drier balls, like usual. That gets them pleasantly soft and pliable.

I will keep drying the covers on the line, though, since I usually hang those to dry anyways. They dry much more quickly outdoors than in the basement.

But seriously - how did people deal with the stiff, scratchy sun-dried clothing back in the days before automatic driers? Is there some forgotten secret to making them soft??


  1. I am so glad you posted this! I've been daydreaming of diapers on the clothesline, but I hate wearing line-dried jeans, so like you said, why would I want those on my baby's bottom? I hope someone responds and tells you the secret to soft instead of stiff line-dried clothes!

  2. How funny!-- I just took pictures of our diapers line-drying yesterday! I love the site. We've definitely experienced the stiffness but have tried a few things to soften them up-- if you put them out early-morning or late afternoon (and take them down after they're JUST dry), they tend not to dry as quickly, which is one factor in making them stiff. They also get more board-like if they have any detergent build-up. Every now and then, we strip our prefolds with some blue-Dawn. If they're still too stiff for use after line-drying, putting them in the dryer for a short time with a wet towel or dryer ball should help.

    This forum might be useful-- One woman suggests vinegar in the LAST wash cycle-- may be worth a try?

    Good luck!

  3. I meant *sight*- I love the sight-- mommy brain :-)