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Sunday, April 14th 2013, 1:20am

Advice needed from cloth bum mums.....

Hey ladies

I am using cloth/ reusable napppies and have a question. I have been told to wash the nappies, boosters and liners in non bio, on a 40 degree wash, with no fabric softner and then to line dry.

Now I do not have a garden, so must resort to drying them on the radiator. A clothes horse will not dry them quickly enough as I need them daily as you will understand. Here comes problem number 2... I only have 1 radiator that i am able to use to dry the nappies because the others are in bathroom or not accessible for varios reasons. (I live in a tiny house so there are actually 3 radiators in the whole house.) Anyway.. I am rabbiting.... the question I have is... do any of you tumble dry your nappies? Or just liners? Or just liners and boosters? Is it a huge nono? What will happen if i used the dryer? HELP!
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Sunday, April 14th 2013, 7:17am

Good for you on using reuse able nappies. I'd like to do this when LObis older. What material are they made of? Anything cottony should be fine but if anything is plastic etc I would avoid the dryer. The dryer might reduce the absorbency I guess? Sorry I'm not much help. Can you use a low heat setting? That might be ok then finish them on a radiator or clothes dryer?

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Sunday, April 14th 2013, 8:39am

Hi, Hun
The reason that line drying is advised is that sunlight provides
a) a natural way to bleach the nappies back to being as white as possible and
b) a natural way to kill off any thrush or other bugs that might be hiding in the cloth.

If they dry ok on the radiator there is no reason that they would not dry ok in the dryer but the key is to give the nappies some time in the sun to reduce the chances of LO developing a nappy rash

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Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 10:37pm

Hi there,
It's a while since I used my cloth nappies but I seem to remember that heat damages the elastic, so putting them in the tumble drier on a low heat now and again won't do too much harm but if you want to use them for subsequent babies or sell them, then it might reduce their lifespan. The same applies to drying on a radiator though, so in your position I would air dry away from the radiator overnight and finish off in the drier for 20 mins or so. You could also pick up a few square nappies to use when you've run out of the others, because they are flat they dry really quickly and because they ave no elastic you can dry them wherever you like.

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