This week’s guest post comes from Eva Van Strijp, founding member of the ANA and owner of Seedling Baby.
Extreme temperatures can have a detrimental effect on almost anything.
Plants die, animals suffer and material fades. Your nappies, swim nappies, wet bags and training pants contain components which are more susceptible to heat than most items of clothing.
Prolonged exposure to heat (whether from the sun, a heater or a tumble dryer) will damage the waterproofing, elastics and natural fibres of your products, so it’s important that during the long, hot months of our Australian summers, these items are protected from the scorching temperatures.
Here are our top tips for keeping your nappies safe during periods of extreme heat.
- Dry your nappies, wet bags and training pants in the shade or inside.
- Hang your nappies out in the evening and bring them back in before 9 am. In the height of summer, they’ll dry overnight and leaving them out during the heat of the day will only make them feel like cardboard.
- If you live in a particularly humid climate, try drying your nappies under a fan.
- Rely heavily on your flat and prefold cloth nappies as these don’t contain elastic. Your flats and prefolds can be dried outside in the shade, while your covers stay inside over a rack.
- Heat + time + moisture = mould! During summer, keep the lid off your nappy bucket so that there is air circulating around your nappies. In warm climates, it doesn’t take long for mould to begin to grow in a confined space.
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six, founding member of the Australian Nappy Association and creator of Seedling Baby. When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.