line drying goodness

I’m a big fan of line drying my cloth diapers.  There are so many benefits.  The direct sunlight sanitzes and strips them, bleaches out any stains, and it saves so much energy which is good for the environment and the power bill.  Or in my case, saves energy and $1.25 to use a coin-op dryer.  Then there’s the added benefit of the wonderful smell that comes with drying outside. 

Before I had the spin dryer, anytime I would dry my clothes and diapers outside, they would come off the line really stiff.  Since using the spin dryer, they dry almost instantly and they are just as soft as if they had come out of an electric dryer.  I’m not sure what the difference is, but I think all the water still remaining in the clothes has something to do with it.

I put my diapers out on the collapsible rack every morning.  The only items that need pinning are the wipes.  I have issues holding several wipes and pins at a time while trying to put them on the rack.  I’m too impatient to just hold one wipe and one pin at a time.   When I saw the Granny’s Clothespin Apron in the book, One Yard Wonders, I was immediately in love.  This pattern and the pug on the cover, of course, were the major selling points. 

I finished my clothespin apron yesterday.  I used it to hang my diapers this morning, and I am so happy about it!  It works perfect for me!  It’s so satisfying making something that is going to be used so often.

While making this, I couldn’t help but think of my sister.  She loves making aprons.  She is an apron making master!  She made me this apron for my birthday last year. I use it all the time and I just love it so much! I also can’t help but giggle when I see this picture.  I was only days away from finding out I was pregnant.



Filed under Cloth Diapering, Eco-friendly, sewing

6 responses to “line drying goodness

  1. Nat

    I love your clothespin apron! Cute, cute fabric! You’re right–your sister is an apron making master. It’s just too bad her aprons don’t look nearly as cute on her as they do on you!

  2. Beth

    I LOVE your clothespin apron! I use a small bag, but this looks so much easier – and cuter, of course. I’m going to add this book to my Amazon wish-list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Your apron looks great! 🙂 I sometimes wish we had a clothesline out back. We’ve got one end of one in our yard leftover from previous owners. As of right now, I have no use for clothespins…but something along these lines for doing outdoor work seems like a good idea. 🙂

  4. I’m commenting about the cloth diapers and soakers you talked about in a post in April. My daughter is cloth diapering her twins and I’ve made some wool soakers for them. I particularly like the Curly Purly soaker pattern the best.

  5. LOVE! I posted about sun drying on my blog a few weeks ago. It´s the best!

  6. Mary

    I dry everything on clothes drying racks. I found the same thing to be true the clothes spinner really makes a huge difference. I think a big part of that difference is that our spinner gets 4 to 5 cups of additional water out of each load and that water always looks soapy. I think it is the residual soap that make our clothes hard when hung up to dry.

    I always run mine through the extra rinse cycle and use a little white vinegar to get all the soap out.

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