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How to Store Your Cloth Diapers For Future Use

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I get this question a lot; “How do I store my cloth diapers?” You may want to save your diapers in good condition for another child. It is pretty simple, but very important to store them properly. Here are our recommendations:
  1. Make sure the diapers are thoroughly CLEAN and DRY. Any stains left on the diapers during storage will most likely be there to stay. If the diapers are not dry, they may form mildew which will most likely ruin your diapers. Make sure you have used a cloth diaper safe detergent, with no additives, including perfumes. Any odor on them could be intensified. Of course, do not use fabric softeners.
  2. Ideally, use bags, containers, or boxes that won’t degrade and will seal out dirt, dust, rodents, insects, and moisture.
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  3. Pack “loosely”, allowing air to circulate. Wrap each diaper in white tissue paper.
  4. Tuck a lavender sachet or cedar block into each container to help repel insects.
  5. Make sure that the temperate they are stored in is between 32 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. A cool, dry area is best. Attics may be too hot; unheated garages may be too cold; basements may be too damp.
For humid climates: Make sure that the diapers are in a moisture-proof container. Store them right away after drying, with tissue paper layered between. Look for #5 plastic. For dry climates: If you’re storing in a clean, dry environment, a clean cardboard box works fine, as long as it is not subject to rodents or insects. If using a plastic container, look for #5 plastic. You want to avoid dampness, extreme heat, and sunlight. Wherever your storage area is, do not let the diapers be exposed to direct sunlight. If you have any questions, please send me an email at!
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  • this is helpful i have just put mine in a box in the basement i didn’t know about the tissue paper or the lavender, I guess I will have to go and get that stuff to repackage.

    Jessica on
  • I would have done the same thing a previous commenter said…shoved as many as I could fit into one container to save space. Storage isn’t something my home was blessed with. I usually sell what no longer works so I can buy more fluff. I haven’t actually though about what I will do with them once my last potty trains.

    Rhiannon Hall on
  • Good to know!! Will be storing our diapers after DS2 is done, want to have another but want to wait a little bit longer. Thanks for the info.

    Ashley on
  • This is my first baby, and we are close to potty training, so I’m very grateful for this post! Thanks!

    Jamie Lynn Kohut on
  • This is super helpful! Thanks!

    Jennifer Perritte on

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