What To Do With Your Cloth Diapers When You Do Not Need Them Anymore

Your baby has finally potty trained, and you no longer need your diapers. What do you do with them? We posted this 242reuse00question on our Facebook page, and this is what our fans had to say:
  • save them for another baby
  • donate them to a local diaper bank
  • sell them
  • donate them to a family who needs them
  • use them for rags
  • loan them out to friends/family
  • repurposing prefolds into trainers
  • donate to a friend or family member
  • donate to a shelter
  • donate to a foster home
We love these sustainable ideas. On this post, we would like to focus on donations. There are certainly many organizations or individuals who can benefit greatly from your donation. First look in your own community, and if you cannot donate locally, look to national or international charities. Here is a list that we have compiled for ideas on who you can donate to: Locally and/or Nationally
  • Friends/family
  • Diaper banks
  • Pregnancy centers
  • County health departments
  • Shelters
  • Loaves N Fishes
  • Foster Homes
Nationally: By State: International:
  • Orphanages (They are always very thankful to receive diaper donations)
  • Nappy Libraries (similar to diaper banks)
  • Cloth For a Cause: (Canada) Accepts diapers which are repairable
Tips
  • Diapers need to be clean and odor free, and free of defects so that they are useable, unless otherwise specified.
  • For orphanages, they have limited water/detergent resources, and need options that are durable and easy to clean. Prefolds with covers are usually the best option for donations.
  • Make sure that the diapers are clean and completely dry before storing or sending.
If you know of a charity or organization that would accept cloth diapers that I have forgotten, please let us know!

~Sonya

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19 comments

  • Hello, I live in South Florida and want to donate cloth diapers but the link on your site is no longer in effect. Do you have a new contact?

    Thank you.
    Johanna Soto

    Johanna Soto on
  • I’m sorry about that! I found a link for a group in Florida, I hope they are close to you: http://www.blessedbottoms.org/

    Jessica Oliveto on
  • I loaned my small nb stash to a friend to use on her nb here in a couple of weeks, though if trend holds he’ll only fit in them for about 2 weeks because he’ll be so big at birth. I was planning to resell them after that, but I’ll have to consider donating, just wish there was an organization here in CO I could easily donate to. Are diaper donations tax-deductible?

    Rumsita on
  • When we are through diapering we will use our prefolds as cleaning rags and donate any others, or sell if they’re still in good shape!

    Meg C-K on
  • There is nowhere to donate cloth where I live and my attempt to sell them is failing.

    Jennifer on

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