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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
  • 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!


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  • As of now I plan to save my diapers for future babies :) But when I am done having babies I would love to donate them to moms in need :)

    Bekah Kuczenski on
  • I use the flats for cleaning

    Aungeleca N on
  • Hi Jill,

    Yes, Cotton Babies has a Share the Love program, and I am waiting to hear if they take all brands of diapers. :)


    Sonya on
  • We are in need of some curtains for the kids’ room that can be pulled off easily (because our son likes to rip them off of the rod every morning and we would rather have them come off than have him bend or break or pull down the rod). I am thinking of using the wornout velcro from our old set of cloth diapers to attach the curtains to the rod.

    Marcelaine on
  • I’m hoping to keep mine for a second baby. But this is good info for when we’re finished!

    kelsey on

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