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Mailbox Mondays 8/8/11 – Storing Cloth Diapers

storing #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

Well, we almost didn’t have a Mailbox Mondays this week! Here I am, just dying to answer your questions, and I didn’t get a single submission. For shame! ­čśë

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

Catherine came to the rescue and asked:

I was wondering- after my babe outgrows her dipes, is there something I should do before I store them so they don’t get stinky?

When I’ve packed up diapers that don’t fit anymore, or we’re not using, I haven’t really done anything special to wash them first. You do want to make sure they’re clean (especially since mystery stains seem to appear on various things after storage!) To do that, I’d just do a few extra hot washes and/or rinses until your rinse water looks clean, then hang them in the sun to dry.

You really don’t want to store anything with PUL or elastic in extreme temperatures or humidity though, so an attic isn’t the best place for them. (I think an unfinished basement is OK as long as the diapers are in sealed containers and it isn’t extremely humid!)

If you have a spot in a closet, consider yourself lucky (darn you and all your closet space!) What I did was stack them in an under-bed storage box and shove them under my bed!

If you have wool items, make sure they are very clean before storing them. Using a wool wash with lavender will help keep moths away. Make sure they are competely dry, and store them in an air-tight container in a cool, dry location. Putting them inside a pillowcase will add an extra barrier, while still allowing for airflow. Try not to compress wool items when you store them.

Has anyone stored away diapers? Did you do anything special? Did they come out unscathed?

If you have a burning (or not) question for me about cloth diapers or anything else, be sure to ask! ­čÖé


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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
1 Comment
  • August 8, 2011 at 9:27 am
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    plastic tub in the closet. they seem okay. unless you’re going to extremes of temperature or humidity I think you’ll be okay.

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