Whenever I do a Google search on cloth diaper stains one of the number one suggestions is to “sun” my diapers. I was wondering how and why putting my cloth diapers, or any fabric that has a stain on it, out in the sun works.
You know those pesky UV rays we’re all warned about? Well, those pretty rays have enough power to naturally bleach your diapers. The rays are also strong enough to kill off any bacteria on the surface. Obviously the sun rays are strongest during the summer months and weaker during the winter months. You’ll also want to dry your diapers in the afternoon when the sun is at its peak in strength. If you live in the Midwest like me, you can still hang your diapers in front of a window as a way of sunning them. Sure they won’t get the same results as you would in the summer during peak sun hours but they’ll get a small dose of UV rays.
It only makes sense that the same UV rays that we’re all warned about with skin cancer would have the same stain and bleach fighting power as our man made solutions. So step outside, set up a line and let your diapers breathe a little fresh air!
Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son. She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things. This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl! Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything! Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.