Drying cloth nappies inside during the winter
When the temperature dips and the view out of the window begins to look a little bleak, the drying time of cloth nappies begins to elongate. As a consequence, what was once a perfectly sized stash suddenly feels like it's not quite enough.
Don't despair, it is perfectly possible to get the nappies dry in a reasonable amount of time indoors during the colder months.
*A sock hanger: These funny hangers with lots of pegs can hold loads of inserts and pocket nappies. Hang from a curtain pole (at your own risk), above a heater, or in the airing cupboard. They take up a relatively small amount of space but hold plenty so really they are the ultimate space saver when it comes to drying nappies and inserts
*An airer: Most of us have an airer of some sort but even when floor space is at a premium there are lots of options on the market. An over-the-door airer like this, or this, can be really helpful for drying nappies without taking up lots of room around the house.
*A dehumidifier: Even before we had a babe in cloth we owned a dehumidifier. Our house doesn't seem to ventilate as well as some and cold winter mornings always greet us with windows wet from condensation. The addition of wet washing; nappies or otherwise, means there is a massive amount of water is the atmosphere. This means two things; the nappies take longer to dry and the house is at risk of damp. Dehumidifiers can be costly but they are a good investment. Buy the best you can afford, don't fall for false economy. A small tank needs emptying more frequently and will be less effective overall. If you've not had a dehumidifier before you might be surprised by how much water they can collect in a short space of time. We have this one and find it works well however when placed next to wet washing it needs emptying once a day (assuming around 10 hours running time). Performance would be far better if it were placed in a room with a door but our living room wasn't made like that!
Hopefully one of these ideas will help get those nappies dry more quickly and the warm sunny days will soon return.
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