Sadly, cloth diapers do die over time. I have only had a few that I had to throw out and it was sad day when it happened. Diapers can die for a number of reasons, including improper use, normal wear and tear and sometimes for reasons beyond our knowledge.
The first diaper I had meet an untimely death was at the hands or paws of my mom’s dog. I had been shopping with my mom all day and one of the diapers I changed in the car did not make it into my wet bag. When we got back to her house, I left my van door open while we brought stuff into her house. I went back out and shut it, I did not notice that the dog had grabbed the diaper. We went back outside a little while later to let the kids play and I found it in shreds. I was really mad at the dog for a long time, my mom offered to buy her a cute new diaper so that made it a little better.
We have had a few other diapers die but they died from normal wear and tear. I was really sad when my atds stated falling apart. They were such a great diaper for overnight use. I kept using them until the holes just got to big and I had to let them go.
My sister also cloth diapers and she had a diaper meet an untimely death at the hands of her husband. He threw a dirty diaper into a plastic sack and some how that sack fell behind a dresser. We are not even sure how long it sat there ( we were shocked it did not make the whole room smell ) but when it was found, the diaper was beyond saving. It had molded and you would not believe the smell when the bag was opened.
I have heard stories of cloth diaper death from dryers, pets, improper storage, being misplaced and even children. Yes, I said children. A friend of mine found a couple cloth diapers that her child decided to cut holes in with scissors.
Moral of the story is – Be good to your diapers, it is a sad day when a cloth diaper dies.