Sunning in Subzeros
We are in the dead of winter here in my state. This past week has been one of the coldest that I can remember! This doesn’t exactly help when hanging my diapers outside for some sun! Sunning cloth diapers in winter can create some challenges. So what options do you have if you want to sun your cloth diapers but can’t put them outside because they will freeze (literally)? Here are a few ideas that I came up with:
Window Sill Sunning
This would seem like the most practical and easy way to sun your diapers inside. Place them on the window sill and let the sun do its work. A porch or sunroom is ideal but not necessary—the bigger the ledge, the better. If you don’t have a big enough window sill, you can even place them on the floor and let the sun hit them that way too. Just beware if you have animals or active kiddos who might rearrange them for you.
Blinding my Diapers
Last year I had to get creative when I was air drying my cloth diapers for the Flats Challenge when I couldn’t use a dryer, and it was raining out. This technique, for which I coined the term “Blinding My Dipes,” turned out to be pretty successful with no blind damage! This is very similar to the below technique where you hang clothespins from a hanger without the hanger. I know the picture does not do a good job showing, but if you open the blinds more or roll them up, the diapers will get even more sun. It works best for lighter-weight diapers that won’t damage your blinds.
Table/Rack in front of the window
Put a table or even a chair in front of a window that gets a lot of sun. The bigger the window, the better! If you have a wire or wooden rack, you can place it in front of a window too. Just be sure to rotate the diapers or flip the rack to make sure you get the sun on all sides of your diapers.
Hang in front of a window
If you don’t have a rack, grab some wire or plastic hangers and clothespins. Hang the diapers from the wire hangers with the clothespins and hang them on your windows. The nice part with this technique is that little fingers and hands can not reach them if you put them high enough up. Also, excuse the nasty stains. I had a teething baby at the time!!!
Do you sun your cloth diapers in the winter? If so, how?