Now that we have washed our cloth diapers, it’s time to dry them!
OK, remember I *used* to line dry everything? When I quit line drying EVERYTHING, I still line dried my diapers…for a while. Now, I only line dry every now and then, usually to get stains out or try to combat a lingering odor. But, for the most part, I machine dry EVERYTHING (including my covers! *gasp*)
But, IF I was going to line dry, I would hang them out and then finish them in the dryer so they wouldn’t be quite as crunchy. You can also use vinegar in your rinse water to help combat crunchiness.
For machine drying, you simply pop them in the dryer – NO DRYER SHEET – and call it good. You can keep your covers out and dry them in your laundry room or outside (PUL dries VERY quickly), and that is supposed to extend the life of your covers, but I’ve been drying mine in the dryer for several years and they are still going strong.
Real quick as to why you should not use a dryer sheet or fabric softener of any kind…
Fabric softener repels liquids. It works like scotch guard does on your furniture. Liquids repelling off your diapers is NOT a good thing. Let me just leave it at that.
After the diapers are dry, I make a huge pile on the couch and separate out all the different pieces. I make a pile for the FuzziBunz covers, a pile for the FuzziBunz stuffers, a pile of prefolds, a pile of covers, and a pile of wipes. My children help me sort and then help put away as I stuff the pocket diapers. I separate them out Mediums and Larges so I can just point to a stack and tell them which shelf it goes on.
And that is our diaper washing routine start to finish!