We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling very autumnal. The leaves are changing, the weather is changing and we’re getting ready for the cosy evenings in. We’ve been spoilt this summer with amazing nappy drying weather, but as the nights turn darker, hanging our washing outside is suddenly becoming much less appealing. We know that sometimes drying nappies can feel like a never-ending task, so how can you speed up the process?
Brave The Outdoors
Be brave. The three main elements for a winning dry nappy is heat, breeze and how dry the air is. We know it can feel pretty fresh outside, but the wind is amazing for drying your nappies - we promise! Nappies really benefit from a breath of fresh air so whether it’s blowing a hooly or just a gentle breeze, getting them out on the line will mean they dry in no time.
You know those crisp cold mornings too? When the sun is shining but there’s a real bite in the air - another perfect time to get your nappies on the line! We absolutely love the smell of fresh washing that’s been blowing in the breeze all day long.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always create an outside covered area for your washing which can help to protect it from extreme weather and keep it try! As long as the air isn’t too damp then the nappies will dry a treat - remember you need airflow though so don’t shut the washing in the garage or the shed.
Keep Washing High
If the weather is looking pretty grim and you need to dry washing inside, try to keep the nappies as high up as possible. Heat rises, so getting them close to the ceiling will help them dry much faster. If you’ve got the space for them then ceiling pulleys are amazing - fixing one of these above a boiler can really speed up the drying process and comfortably dry bamboo inserts in ten hours. If you haven’t got the space for this, then how about getting a radiator drying rack and placing it over the top of a door.
We also found that socks airers make the perfect insert drying devices. These take up much less space and can be easily hung from the ceiling!
We often get asked about keeping the moisture out of the house when you’re drying nappies and inserts, and we know in the colder months this can be a challenge. The amount of moisture that’s in the air can really affect the drying time, so think about getting a dehumidifier to help suck the moisture from the room. This will not only help stop your house from feeling damp, but it will also dry your nappies faster and may also benefit your baby’s health. Heated drying racks can cause moisture build-up on your windows, so you might discover that using a dehumidifier is more effective than cranking up the heat.
Boost the airflow
Good airflow is vital for drying nappies, and many modern houses are so well insulated that this can be tricky to achieve. It’s actually easier to dry nappies in an old draughty house! Why not try opening a window to increase the airflow around the nappies.
Explain your insert stash
Bamboo is a fantastic material for nappies because it’s so absorbent - but that’s also why it doesn’t dry as quickly as other materials. If you don’t mind having a few boosters drying around the house then having a few extras will give you a day’s extra flexibility. The nappies will dry faster than inserts, so it's always worth having a few more to switch in. Alternatively, why not try experimenting with charcoal boosters, which dry significantly quicker than bamboo or hemp.
Try a tumble dryer
For many of our customers, it’s possible to dry nappies without a tumble dryer, but we know that you guys live busy lives and for some people waiting for the nappies to dry naturally just isn’t a reality. Some people find drying nappies overnight on a rack and then finishing them off in the morning for a short spin in the dryer works well and helps to minimise the amount of energy used. Remember, if you’re going to tumble dry your inserts then make sure you put it on low heat!
We always love hearing what works for you guys, get in touch below to let us know what tips you find work best!