I live in a part of Oregon where it rains approximately 400 days a year. Okay, not that many, but it feels that way! We do get rain most days during the winter and spring. That makes sunning diapers difficult.
Or does it?
I often tell customers they can sun their diapers anytime, even on cloudy or rainy days. I've done it before, but thought I'd do it again and post pictures along the way.
|Clean diapers with heavy stains: Hemp on the left, bamboo on the right|
|11:45 am - Laid them out on our patio...in the rain.|
|Rain and massive clouds!|
|4:45 pm - Looking much improved already. Bamboo is nearly stain-free. Hemp has a little way to go yet. You can see that both diapers are sopping wet from the rain. It rained all day.|
|11:00 am the next morning - stains are gone!|
|Freshly washed and dried, they're in perfect, stain-free condition.|
So why does sunning diapers magically bleach out stains? The UV rays...terrible for skin, great for naturally removing stains!! As long as it's daylight, UV rays reach the earth (and they do at night too, but far less). If UV rays are reaching the earth's surface, you can lay out diapers!
Sunning works on all types of organic stains. Blueberry stains on a onesie? Spit up stains on a bib? Lay them outside and let the sun (or UV rays) work its magic!