When my children were in diapers, I made the switch from disposables to cloth. It was a great investment, having spent just a few hundred dollars on diapering supplies that would carry two children through potty training. What I didn’t realize is that years after my kids ditched the diapers, we would still be using them (but not how you think). It was pretty easy, after a little bit of outside the box thinking, to come up with ideas for ways to repurpose cloth diapers!
How to repurpose cloth diapers and supplies.
Before you decide to discard, donate or sell your old cloth diapering supplies, take a few moments to decide if you could use some of them for other applications. You could save resources and hard-earned money by finding a way to utilize what you already have on hand.
Cloth diapering wipes really last.
Reusable cloth wipes have seemingly endless possibilities. After your little one is done with them, keep them around for use as family cloth, dishrags, mama cloth inserts, napkins, tissues, washcloths or even as stuffing for a handmade toy or animal bed. Save up old wipes and other rags and DIY Pet Bed from Rags!
Give old prefold and flat diapers new life.
Prefolds and flats were a great purchase for our family. Not only did they keep us from having to purchase so many diapers in assorted sizes, but we really got our money’s worth out of this no-frills diaper. Flats and prefolds are excellent for mopping up spills and messes, using as a green Swiffer refill, a puppy pee pad, “un” paper towels or even a simple place mat. Smaller prefolds, such as preemie size, work great as mama cloth when folded into thirds, or a washrag in a pinch.
Reuse wet bags and pail liners after kids are out of diapers.
Instead of passing our old ones along to friends or selling them, I found some other ways to use old wet bags and pail liners around the house. Waterproof bags make a great tote for soiled or wet clothing when out and about hitting the beach or just getting messy away from home. They’re also the perfect place to store dirty or wet rags until wash day. A small wet bag stored under the bathroom sink is a great place to store soiled family and mama cloth until full. Wet bags or pail liners can even be used as a reusable trash or recycle bag!
Discover alternate uses for covers, fitteds and AI2’s.
These items may take a bit more thought, but their life can continue on as well. Before sending covers, fitted diapers, and AI2’s (all-in-two’s) on their way, put a few seconds of thought into repurposing them. A little one with a love of dolls would appreciate the accessories for their babies. You can also disassemble old diapers for crafting into items like oven mitts or hot pads. If you’re a mama cloth user, you can even disassemble old diapers and craft them into reusable menstrual pads for yourself!
Got ideas for repurposing old cloth diapering supplies? I’d love to hear your idea in the comments!