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Old 06-05-2006, 06:28 AM   #1
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How to dry an AIO?

Hi

Well, I've heard that AIO's have a much longer drying time but I was thinking to myself "I dry about 20 JBs, 10 FB, a bunch of wipes and a few pre-folds on med. heat for 1 hour 40 min. and everything is bone dry so I will have NO problems drying AIO's"

So of course I got a super cool AIO and I chose the internal soaker because I thought I was immune to long drying times. I put it with the rest and it was still really damp when everything else was dry. Then I dried it on med/high for another 30 by itself and still damp. Last night I hung it over a chair and this morning when it seemed like it still might be damp.

So any tricks/tips to getting AIO's dry? I'd rather not use lots of extra energy to dry only one or two of my dipes.

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Old 06-05-2006, 08:36 AM   #2
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Re: How to dry an AIO?

I have some VB AIOs that are great weekend dipes for when we're running around. Unfortunately, since I'm too cheap to buy them new, I had to take what was available used which was the internal soakers. Most of the time, I run them through the dryer with all the other dipes and then if they're still damp, just lay or hang them somewhere to finish drying. If I need them sooner, sometimes I just leave them in the dryer with the next load of laundry. I don't use fabric softener sheets so it's not really a problem (that I know of...I haven't noticed any problems?) to have them in the dryer with regular clothes.

One thing about leaving them in the dryer alone after the other diapers are removed...I've noticed that if there are just a couple of diapers in there, they tend to cling to the edges of the dryer and not really get tossed around good so they don't get much drier. They actually do better when there's a bunch in there so that they're really getting jostled around and getting the air all the way through. You can also keep an eye out for something called "dryer balls" (http://www.dryerballs.net/). I've seen them for sale on a couple of diaper sites and someone posted a while back that she got them at Walmart. They're basically these rubber balls that help bounce things around and supposedly get things drier faster and soften the fabrics without using fabric softener. I haven't used them but if I find them cheap, I want to try them.
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:44 AM   #3
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Re: How to dry an AIO?

I have a gas dryer, so I think that makes a big difference. In one and a half hours all of my diapers are very dry, and I mostly use AIO's. I also use dryer balls, but I haven't noticed that they cut drying time, they just seem to make everything softer. Try hanging themon the line for a day if they aren't dry out of the dryer.
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:06 AM   #4
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Re: How to dry an AIO?

thanks

I think that I saw one of those dryer balls at CVS. It had knobbies on it maybe I'll try that. I have a gas dryer too. Maybe I should also try drying on med/high instead of med.

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I have tryed med/high occasionally & mine are still damp when they come out- MY solution:

sunning.... I put them out in the morning & leave them out until afternoon/evening.... not sure at what point they actually get dry, BUT they are by then, & nice & stain-free too!
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Re: How to dry an AIO?

Hmmm

That sounds like a good idea.

I don't have a clothes line set up so I will have to figure a way to get them out in the sun.

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Re: How to dry an AIO?

I throw a dry bath towel in the dryer with my dipes, it seems to help pull some of the moisture out of the dipes.
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Re: How to dry an AIO?

I usually do more than one load of laundry in a day, so I put the dipes w/ internal soakers in the dryer for each load of laundry...they're usually dry by the second or third time!

We use dryer balls too, but it doesn't seem to cut down on our drying time either. I'll try the towel idea...
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Re: How to dry an AIO?

great ideas!!!

I've got a load about ready for the dryer now

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Re: How to dry an AIO?

Can't stand true AIO because of the dry time! I get AI2's instead!
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