I don’t take the things I find simple for granted anymore. The enormous amount of emails I get tells me that there are no black and white topics when it comes to cloth diapering.
One specific question that has come up lately is whether it is good for your diapers to dry in the dryer. With colder whether approaching or already here, line drying seems a little uninviting. This leaves many moms wondering what is safe to do with their diapers.
The reason for the question is the circulating accounts of elastic being ruined and PUL cracking from repeated drying which will then cause leaks. Although I have no doubt that both of these things can and do occasionally occur, in my experience neither problem has arose.
My routine involves drying everything but my Bumkins covers in the dryer on high heat for 70 minutes. This routine has been done on the same diapers for almost a year. I have never had elastic stretch, weaken or snap on any diaper and any leaks I have come from buildup or oversaturation.
In addition, my electric bill has always remained relatively low throughout the year even with this prolonged dry cycle. (it averages about $110/month for a 2000sq ft home)
If you would like to skip the dryer all together there are ways to line dry in your home. Here is just one site with a variety of wood drying racks. Of course you can also do as I do when the need arises and scatter damp clothing around every available space :)
Pockets will dry within a couple of hours, while AIO and fitteds can take a significant amount of time. If you’re goal is to completely eliminate the dryer then switching to pockets, flats and doublers may be the quickest way to go.
One more note on the elastic. The key is to allow the diapers to fully cool off before stretching them out. Not a problem for me when I leave them in there for a day and grab when I need one :D