Drying cloth nappies in Autumn

It's that time of year again....the opportunity to hang washing outside has all but gone. You go to take your nappies off the airer indoors and they're still wet but they've been there for days. It's not really that cold yet, so there's no need for the heating to be on, but it's not quite warm enough to get that fluff dry. Leave them too long and they start to smell damp and musty, so what's the solution? Here's a few top tips to help you get those nappies dry in this strange between-season period;

A dehumidifier - A dehumidifier will suck excess moisture from the air. Popped next to your laundry, especially if it's in a small or confined space will help it to dry more quickly. The downside of this is that they can be expensive and will need a plug socket close by.

A heated airer - A heated airer has bars that warm up when it's plugged in, so items hung on it will dry more quickly. It's not recommended to put your nappies directly onto the bars as the heat could damage and PUL or bamboo in them if it's too intense. If you do decide to go for this option make sure the bars are covered with something like a towel to protect your nappies from the heat.

Good ventilation - Put your airer near to an open window, or in an area where air circulates well in your house, I find my hallway the best place, I think it's the air moving between the rooms that keeps it ventilated there. Heat rises so putting the wettest parts of the nappy like inserts/booster at the top of your clothes horse and the pockets/covers/wraps down the bottom will ensure the slowest drying bits get dry as quickly as possible. 

A socktopus - A socktopus is intended to hang up lots of socks but works really well for nappy inserts too and can be hung in a doorway if you're short on space. giving you extra room on the airer for the rest of the laundry!

Tumble drying - If you've got a tumble dryer and need a quick turnaround then some of your boosters and inserts can probably go in there and is a bit bonus of using pocket nappies, fitted nappies or all in two nappies with removable parts. There are a few things to consider if you decide to tumble dry. First off before tumble drying anything check the manufacturers guidance/label on the item to ensure it's ok. Another consideration is that tumble drying will put your items through a bit more wear and tear so it's likely to reduce their lifespan a bit. It's a good idea to lightly tumble on a low heat then finish drying overnight on the airer.

A lot of people prefer to not to use a tumble dryer due to environmental reasons - just like with every eco swap you make on your journey it's about finding the balance and making compromises where you need to so that it works for you.

Work with what you've got, if you're using all in one nappies many of them can be turned inside out, or hung sideways to allow extra airflow through them and help speed up that drying time. 

Remember, just like with the heated airer, it's not recommended to put your nappies directly on a radiator once you do decide to switch the heating on as it can damage the PUL or bamboo parts of your nappy. You may not see damage caused by heat immediately, but over time the lifespan of your nappies is likely to be reduced.

Do you have any handy drying tips? Let us know in the comments. 


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