Earlier in the summer I read an article by Frugal Girls on how to save money on swim diapers. The article suggested a couple of ways to save money, but one of them really stuck with me. They suggested washing your used disposable swim diapers and using them again. Really??? You can wash disposable swim diapers???
Yes! Yes you can!!
One of my friends had given me a partially full pack of disposable swim diapers that her girl couldn’t fit into anymore. By washing the diapers, I’ve been able to make all summer without having to buy any swim diapers! As a matter of fact, I still have a few that are completely unused! I think that is pretty impressive since we’ve gone on two beach vacations, Grace loves swimming in her baby pool in the back yard, and I didn’t even start with a full pack of diapers.
After experimenting a little bit, I’ve found that it is best for you to put the diapers in your washing machine inside out. Doing that helps keeping the outside lining of the diaper attached better. However, the diaper works just fine even if that lining starts to separate from the diaper. Honestly, I’m not really sure why the liner is there.
Frugal Girls recommended that you let the diapers air dry, which is exactly what I’ve been doing with good results.
On average, I’ve used each diaper about 3-4 times before I decided they looked pathetic enough to toss. I haven’t washed any disposable swim diapers that were pooped in. Those went straight into the trash.
Here are some before and after pictures of the swim diapers. The diaper on the left has never been worn. The one on the right has been washed once. You can see the difference in the lining. That will get worse each time the diaper is washed.
I hope this tip will help make a package of swim diapers last you all summer long!
Update from May 2014: This post has been circulating a lot lately and it has received some negative feedback. I would like to clear up a couple of things.
- Cloth swim diapers are a great option and I would encourage anyone to look into buying one. However, washing a disposable swim diaper is nice way to stretch a pack that you already own. If you are interested in buying a cloth swim diaper, here is a boy themed option and here is a girl themed option.
- Disposable swim diapers do not wick away the moisture like regular disposable diapers do. In fact, they barely hold anything in!! They are made out of a completely different material than regular disposable diapers. It is safe to wash them. Do NOT wash and reuse regular disposable diapers. That IS unsafe and shouldn’t be done.
Have you ever tried washing disposable swim diapers? How did it work for your family?
For more frugal summer tips check out:
- How to Make a Sprinkler Out of a Pop Bottle
- Fast & Easy Vacation Meal Planning
- Save Money & Stay Cool with 7 Meal Ideas for Leftover Grilled Chicken
- Water Play & Pool Fun That Doesn’t Cost a Thing
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