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Old 05-22-2012, 10:18 PM   #1
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How do you store diapers so that the elastic does not get ruined. I'm replacing elastic on a number of fitted newborn and small diapers. I have another year before we star ttc ing and don't want to have to replace elastic once I'm pregnant.


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Old 05-22-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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I put mine in large zip lock bags and put those inside a rubbermaid container.
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What makes the elastic go bad when we store them in room temp?

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All of my KL0s elastic is shot. I had them in a Rubbermaid tub, in the house! I checked them after about two years and they were all bad. Makes me mad. Now I'm prego and I don't know what to do to fix them.
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I wondered if the elastic has a certain type of rubber in them..I only use the best type of elastic when making my granddaughter's cotton elastic does not hold up long at all...
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I would actually caution you to NOT put the dipes in any type of sealed container, unless they were going to be stored in the garage or someplace where animals could damage them. Pretty sure that, in this case at least, the fabric and elastic need to breathe a little, so putting them in an airtight container may do more damage than good.
We bought our BG 3.0s about 3+ years ago. Used them with DS for a few months, then I had to go on bed rest (preg with DD), so I cleaned and dried all of the diapers, put them in a very clean, completely dry wetbag that doesn't seal shut (it is one of those doorknob ones), and stuck them in the closet...for about a year and a half. Pulled them out when DD was about the same age that DS was when we stopped, and they were still in excellent shape. Then, last November, we moved and had washer problems. So, back into the closet the dipes went for a few more months until we figured out the problem. Pulled them out - still in great shape.
I really think the difference was storing them in a breathable bag, in a part of the house that was out of the way, but still kept at a normal, moderate temp.
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I've stored mine in Sterilite containers with lids in a spare bedroom for 8+ years (some of them) with no issues. Of the 1500 diapers that I once had, I've had maybe 10-12 end up with bad elastic.

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I didn't even realize that this was something that I needed to consider!

I still have so much to learn about cloth diapering.

What would make this elastic so different from the elastic in clothing?
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I have heard it is about how you store them in a sealed container. As far as I know a cardboard box w/ a lid like a document box inside the house w/ a/c or airflow etc is best? at least that's what I have done
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:23 PM   #10
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I've also heard if you wash them periodically it will help prevent it...anyone else heard this? I was told it is basically dry rot happening to the elastic and that the best way to prevent it is to make sure the diapers and elastic are completely dry and stored somewhere with good air circulation. That said I've had a diaper go bad just from sitting with the rest of my rotating stash for about 3 months of no use :/. I think the kind of elastic definitely plays a factor, too. I've also noticed that most of mine that went bad were diapers that the elastic was sewn in and not encased (does that make sense?). I wonder if that has an effect?
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