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13 Uses for Prefolds — Besides Diapering!

By Tricia Ballad

Prefold diapers have been popular since before most of us were born, and they've had a resurgence in the last few years. But prefolds are great for all sorts of household uses.

Wax on, wax off If they're soft enough for your baby, they're soft enough to wax your "other baby" in the garage!

Spit and polish Prefolds are gentle enough to polish silver and perfectly sized for all your general purpose cleaning tasks.

Soak it up Trust me, you'll never find a regular dishtowel that's this absorbent!

Burp! Prefolds make superb burp cloths. You just might thank me for this.

Pack it up Storing your china after the holidays? Moving? Prefolds are safer than newsprint — and no ink on your valuables or hands is a bonus!

In its place You know the kids are going to drip, so why not give them an absorbent placemat?

Ahhh Soak a prefold in hot water, squeeze out the excess and wrap sore muscles.

Oohhh Soak a prefold in water, fold in thirds and freeze. When needed, take it out, wrap it inside a dry prefold and apply it to the wounded area.

911 Prefolds make superb emergency bandages. Grab this mega-absorbent prefold and go.

Hot stuff Prefolds are thick enough to absorb anything you dish out. They hold up under repeated washings, something regular potholders cannot always claim to do.

Quick change artist Prefolds make ultra-absorbent, reusable and durable baby changing pads. Baby won't mind laying on a warm cloth that smells like home.

Doubler duty You can always tuck a prefold inside cloth diapers as inserts for extra absorbency.

Playtime Let the kids go nuts! Baby diapers, playing house, threading together a curtain for a fort or amateur theatre production … you name it, and prefolds can take it on.

© Tricia Ballad

Tricia Ballad is co-owner of the Balter Catalogue Company, Balter Wholesale, and Balter Baby. She is also a successful freelance writer, editor, and project manager living in Central Illinois with her growing family.


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