Last summer I was relaxing at a friend’s house, enjoying the company, the AC, and as was my pregnancy trend, probably a chocolate popsicle or two. At one point she was scrolling through her news feed and came across a picture of someone’s clothesline full of cloth diapers – said person was bragging about taking advantage of the summer to sun their inserts. My friend asked if it was really necessary to show the world your diaper laundry, and I quipped in reply that she was, literally, airing her dirty laundry. Never mind that they’re actually clean when they go on the line – I was just being sassy.
Well here we are a year later, and I am so ashamed to even have that story to tell you, because I can, without a doubt, tell you that YES – diaper laundry out on the line IS worthy of Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, or any other social media outlet of your choosing! What, you ask, changed my mind? The short answer is this: a winter of cloth diapers.
If you know nothing about cloth diapers, or if you haven’t used a cloth diaper in the last 8 years or so (they have come a long way since then!), here’s a coles notes version of this bum deal:
Baby dirties diaper, diaper goes in pail or wet bag (read: bag designed to hold the wet stuff in – they’re great for swimsuits & towels after swim lessons too!), when bag is full instead of tossing it in the garbage like disposable diapers, you empty it into your washing machine & toss the bag in there too. Then you wash, dry, stuff inserts back in, and repeat. If your baby eats solids, there’s an extra step in there, but our guy hasn’t arrived at that point yet.
Everyone has their own routine for how to wash these little beasts, but the one thing that doesn’t change is the stains. The stains are brutal, and it is near impossible to get them out – unless you can lay them out in the sun. The sun, as it turns out, fixes almost everything.
So never mind that it’s warm enough now to hang clothes out on the line, that the sun is so warm now that it melts inches of snow every day, or that you can practically smell summer right around the corner. There are a lot of things that I love about spring, but this year what I’m loving most is the chance to air my own dirty laundry!
(for the record, the stains did come out!)