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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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  • I didn’t know there were so many places to donate cloth diapers. This is great info!

    Lily Ivey on
  • I’ve been grateful that someone loaned me their newborn diapers so it would be a little more practical to cloth diaper part-time as my baby was really tiny at birth and didn’t quite fit into most of the diapers I had purchased. The few newborn diapers I did purchase, I’m letting another friend borrow for her baby. They might as well be getting some use while I’m not using them. :)

    Katrina on
  • Save them for future children!

    Amanda on
  • I was just positive that cotton babies had something going on, but I’m having trouble finding it online.

    Jill on

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