Line Drying Season is Here!

Spring is in the air and many of you who have been homebodies all winter are embracing the warm winds and blooming flowers. If you are a part-time-when-the-weather-is-nice line dryer like I am, you may be getting your drying racks out for the season or considering a new option to be fore successful and consistent this season. I recently outlined some of the popular line drying options over at in my article Line Drying Options for Cloth Diapers so I encourage you to read that, but I also have a few reminders for the upcoming season.

*Reconsider line drying if you have seasonal allergies in your home or on days when the pollen count is exceptionally high. I live in the beautiful and pollen covered Ozarks which give me the worst hay fever. Pollen can cling to clothing and diaper fabrics and cause irritation if your family is also allergic.

*Find an option that works best for your preferences, lifestyle and home. If you are renting you may not be able to install any permanent drying racks, but some of the free-standing or retractable options would leave little to no mark behind.

*Set realistic goals. I personally do not have the time in my schedule to line dry all of my laundry. Some of you may have the time, especially if you have older kids to help or in school where you have some time to set aside each day.

*Get the family involved. Resist the urge to be a one man (or woman) show and get the family involved. Make it exciting If your older toddlers or school-aged kiddos by giving them their own baskets, equipment or reward for helping out.

There is nothing like the smell of line dried clothing and diapers, so enjoy it particularly while the weather is nice!

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. How do you keep them from being stiff and crunchy? I line dry quite a bit when its spring, summer and fall, but they come out stiff so I still usually have to put them in the dryer after. what is the secret to them not being stiff?

    • Unfortunately, I don’t know if any way to soften it up other than tossing it in the dryer for 5-10 minutes to fluff it up as you mentioned. I wonder if there are any tricks out there…

  2. I LOVE line drying my diapers! We’ve had a few sunny days here and my diapers smell fresh and the best part is that the sun bleached out all the stains! I must say, I never thought of allergies though. Thankfully my son seems to be seasonal allergy free, but not me. Thanks!

    • Just be careful, because he may be fine, but if you breathe it in or rub your eyes after changing him, it might affect you! Spring is the worst around here and summer is usually not a problem, but we’ll see how things are out west when we move this summer!


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