Cloth Diapering

My $15 disappearing clothesline / The world’s cheapest, most effective stain remover


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I have been cloth diapering for over 10 months, yet I had never “sunned” a diaper!  I didn’t have a clothes line, and I’m pretty sure one critter or another would make off with-or make a home in-anything I laid on my porch or sidewalk!

clothes line

This retractable clothes line was $14.29 at Lowes, and took my husband less than 5 minutes to put up (I’m sure I could have done it myself too!)

The line is easily removable with a single pin, so you can bring it inside over the winter.
line reel
49 feet of clothesline easily retracts into the reel.
There is a simple hook on the other side.
rectractable clothes line
Just pull the line, and hook it on!
clothes line
You loop the line over the “peg” on the bottom, to keep more from pulling out as you hang your laundry.  I had to loop mine a second time when I hung a soaking wet Superdo on the line!  That thing is heavy!
We don’t have too much of an issue with staining, but we had some messy diapers in the wake of Blueberrygate 2010 that led to some stains!  I took pictures of the most stained before and after, but a) decided that was a little disgusting and I didn’t want anyone to lose their lunch and b) The results don’t seem as impressive in a photo as they did in person!  The first time I used the line, it was fairly late in the day, so the diapers were only hung for maybe two hours.  Even in that time, I could see a big difference! 
I’m finding that diapers and inserts made of natural materials (hemp, bamboo, organic cotton) need a quick tumble in the dryer to soften up, but I am loving line drying!

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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.
  • September 1, 2010 at 6:44 am

    >Oh wow! I so want one of these – I am putting it on my list! 🙂

  • September 1, 2010 at 3:40 am

    >Awesome! I really need a clothes line! I was just talking to hubby about it! I think I will head to Lowes tomorrow! Thanks!

  • August 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    >This is exactly what I need but I wonder how I can get it to fit on my siding.

  • August 31, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    >Thank you for sharing about this clothesline! I don't have one yet and this looks like the one I want to get! I'm having issues with staining, and I do sun my diapers already, just by hanging them on our deck rail. The stains eventually fade I guess, but it's frustrating!

  • August 31, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    >WE love sunning on diapers! We've diapered for 3+ years and have vey few stained diapers.

  • August 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    >I bought a folding wooden drying rack to sun my diapers. It folds and stores in between my washer and dryer when I am not using it. It is nice because I can use it in front of a window in the winter, or on our back porch in the summer.

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