June 8, 2009

Prolonging the Life of Your Diapers

My husband & I are the proud parents of 2 children: Noah, who will be 3 in October & Gianna who we welcomed on March 20th. We started cloth diapering Noah at 3 months and have never looked back. We regularly use bumGenius one-size diapers & have also used prefolds with covers. Looking at our bumGeinus, which we used for Noah, and now Gianna, you would hardly know that they have been used for multiple children. We use a few different techniques to keep our diapers in the best condition.

First, and probably most important, we hang our covers and bumGenius diapers to dry. The dryer is so hard on the Velcro and it really only takes a few hours before they are dry & ready to use, plus it uses absolutely no energy at all. What could be better for the environment? Second, we discovered early with our son that Viva brand paper towels cut in half work extremely well as a liner. This not only makes it easy to clean out soiled diapers, but it also keeps the stains from setting in to the fabric. Lastly, if there ever are any stains that do set in, we take advantage of the beautiful sunny days, & sun our diapers, or dry them in the sun, to remove any stains that may have set in. You’ve gotta love Mother Nature as a bleaching agent for diapers! Just a little bit of time in the sun can make all the difference in the appearance of a diaper.

Our diapers are still in excellent condition & we hope to keep them this way for any future children we are lucky to be blessed with!

--Written by Melissa Zanotto (she earned $10 store credit for this post!)


I really liked your post! Do the Viva paper towels cause any irritation? I really want to try that idea, but my daughter has really sensitive skin. Isn't it amazing how much the sun helps get out stains!