Tips for Sunning Cloth Diapers

Tips for sunning cloth diapers

I grew up hanging clothes on the clothes line you see below. In the country where I live, it’s common knowledge that hanging clothes out to dry helped freshen and bleach whites. On a sunny day, you can see clothes hanging on lines throughout the neighborhood! I look forward to hanging out sheets, wash cloths, towels or anything else that could use a brightening. As an added bonus, laundry smells fresh, saves on the electric bill and in my opinion…is just fun to do!

Sunning cloth diapers removes stains

When we started cloth diapering, I knew that hanging our shells outside would be a quick and easy way to whiten their lining, remove stains from prefolds and bring inserts back to life. While I hang our diapers lined with colored fabric out of the sun to prevent fading, I look forward to whitening our pale cloth diapers in the sunshine. Many of the diapers you see here will be 3 years old soon! Thanks to the sun, they look pretty amazing. Here are my tried and tested tips for Sunning Cloth Diapers:

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how to sun cloth diapers
how to sun cloth diapers
     Taking wet diapers straight from the washer and out to the line is ideal. It gives me a few minutes of fresh air, is better for our electric bill and helps keep our diapers looking their best. In addition, it isn’t season specific. While there are many days in the winter I’d love to sun our diapers outside…freezing temperatures and snow often prevent this. However, if it’s warm enough, and I have enough daylight…I hang them outside! I enjoy the few minutes break I get from my hectic activities indoors with my family, the sunshine or breeze on my face and the smell of the outdoors.
     In addition to giving me some outside time, sunning cloth diapers is a great way to whiten their stay dry lining, brighten stained prefolds and bring new brightness to dingy cloth wipes. Having a few simple items and using this technique can bring increased effectiveness to your sunning routine. When I originally started line drying our cloth diapers, I turned to the wooden clothes pins I use on our regular laundry. I was disappointed with how they nearly snagged some of the PUL with their rough texture. I searched for alternatives, and am very happy to have discovered these durable plastic clothes pins. They are smooth and never snag or catch on my diapers. Plus, they’re reasonably priced and stand up to the weather better.
     Folding diapers over the line does two things. It protects the colored side of the PUL from the sun, and also exposes as much of the stay-dry lining to the sun as possible. Earlier in the day when I put diapers on the line, the side facing you now get sunshine. As the day progresses and the sun passes overhead, the other side of the diaper gets the most intense sun. I hang prefolds and wipes straight up and down. The sun has a similar impact, doing one side and then the other, with the only downside being a bit of crunchiness to the fabric. I often take these inside and toss in the dryer a few minutes to soften them.

   In addition to folding the diaper over the line, I’ve found that using 1 clothes pin per diaper allows the most liner to be exposed, saves on clothes pins (in case you’re running short) and makes them faster and easier to hang and take down from the line. The plastic clothes pin actually goes inside the pocket on one side, and just covers a tad of the snap-side of the diaper in these pockets. While snapping or velcroing the diaper to itself gives a pin-less option, it takes way more time to snap the diaper closed and open, and places more wear and tear on the snaps then the single pin option.

In short;
  • Hang diapers outside wet, straight from the wash, for best whitening
  • Fold diaper in half over line or rack (PUL side down, lining side up)
    • Allows for whole lining to get sun as the sun moves and protects PUL
  • Use plastic clothes pins that won’t pull or damage fabric
    • Make sure clothes pins don’t have rough spots that can pull the PUL
  • 1-clothes pin in the diaper middle for speed and Max fabric exposed to the sun
    • Two pins on side for best closure
    • Use diaper’s own snaps to secure on line if you don’t have clothes pins
  • No clothes pins? Use the snaps on the diaper!
  • Remove when dry, or when you remember to take the down!

     Washing cloth diapers is easy! Check out the Real Diaper Association Laundry Science section for simple instructions about caring for cloth. I wash my diapers just as I do my regular laundry, sometimes with a bit more soap and lots of pride! I love looking outside and seeing them sunning on the line and love using cloth on my babies! Cloth diapering is easy, fun and great for going green. (affiliate banners below)

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