One of the best things about cloth diapers is that when you’re done with them you don’t throw them away. You sell them! We all want to get the most we can for our used cloth diapers but what if they’re looking a little sad?
Many cloth diaper brands’ aplix/hook & loop/Velcro™ starts to look a bit ratty after a while and while a diaper’s new owner could clean it up themselves, they don’t want to. Gnarly looking aplix could mean the difference between selling your diapers for what they’re worth or giving them away. It only takes a few minutes to get it pretty again and taking those few minutes to fix it up will make all the difference.
All you need is:
- Lint shaver
- 10 minutes
The first thing you want to take care of is the stray hair, threads, and fuzz from the loop fabric getting into the hook fabric. For this step, get a pair of tweezers with a thin, pointy end for faster lint picking.
The before photos. Look familiar?
Pick all the stuff out of the velcro with the tweezers
Now that you have the hair, etc out of the velcro, clean it up a little with some scissors. Trim away those stray threads and fuzzies
And now for the loop side of your hook and loop. If it’s looking a little like Dr. Emmett Brown‘s hairdo then you need to give it a little trim as well. You can do this with scissors but I find it easier to use a lint shaver.
*Note: Use the lint shaver sparingly and don’t allow too much pressure. If you use it too often you won’t have any “loop” left. Only use the lint shaver when you’re getting ready to sell your diapers or the loop fabric is so out of control that it keeps junking up the hook side.
You can also use the lint shaver to clean up the landing strip
Now, do you have pilling along the laundry tabs or near the landing strip? You can use the lint shaver here, too, but do not press too hard! You only need to barely glide it over the top of the fabric to clean up pills. Pushing too hard could create a thin spot in the fabric or even a small hole and that will hurt your resale value more than a few pills.
So how much of a difference does just a few minutes make?
The after photos. Pretty spiffy, eh?
Now you can put that diaper with the (formerly) nasty aplix up for sale!