Wash and Reuse Disposable Swim Diapers

Just a typical load of summer laundry at our house.  Shorts, ballgame shirts, disposable swim diapers

Yes, you can wash and reuse disposable swim diapers, over and over (well, a few times at least), saving lots-o-cash throughout the summer. 

The thing about swim diapers is that they are made only to hold in the poo.  They are not absorbent at all.  (Yes, for those of you who swim with your toddler in the baby pool, ick.  But whatever.  It’s fun.) I simply toss them in the laundry with everything else (not the poo’d ones, those get pitched) and then let them air dry. 

My jaw first dropped at this info when Rebekah posted it two summers ago, so if your jaw is now dropped… I know!





  1. That is crazy, but good to know! We barely swim, so we don’t use many, but they are definitely expensive and I’m happy to stretch out their usage. I’ve also thought about getting a cloth one.

  2. i had no idea! that’s great – those things are so expensive. thanks for the tip! 🙂

  3. Try buying a couple of cloth swim diapers if you swim often. It will end up costing less than disposables and you can reuse them with future kids or sell them afterwards. Some even function as swim suits by themselves and some brands sell little tankini tops to match the bottoms. Iplay makes swimsuits where the bottoms are pull-up cloth swim diaper and Imse Vimse makes several bottoms and one with a matching tankini top. We have only used Bummis swim diapers which come in cute tropical fish patterns. I love the sea turtles and clown fish. These velcro on and off, more like a wrap style cloth diaper cover. The only downside I’ve discovered so far is that sometimes sand makes its way into the mesh lining if you are spending a lot of time at the beach, but it usually eventually washes out.

  4. My “baby” is 13 now, but I did when she was using swim diapers, I did that, but I don;t think I put them in the washing machine. I think I was afraid to do that… Great tip for Moms who don’t like to waste.

  5. yeah my jaw dropped. I was thinking holy cow Amy’s pregnant brain did some crazy stuff. I had no idea they could be washed. My baby is just about 3 now and I just found over half of a pack of small…the only pack I ever bought. We don’t get enough swim weather to even bother washing and reusing. ha ha!

  6. i did that with my crew(well with the 12 and 5 year old, I dont remember swim diapers being out with my 15 year old) People thought I was a freak, but those things were crazy high!

    In fact, I used the same pack for my 5 year old for 2 summers and we only used 3 or 4 diapers out it since I washed and reused.(and my kids are water babies)

  7. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. This is good to know – rocked my brain a little bit though! Now if I can just remember not to tear the sides when it comes off.

  9. This is awesome! I reposted on Facebook. 🙂

  10. We keep a backup package of disposable swim diapers (just in case) but our local pool requires reusable cloth swim diapers because they hold in the poo better than the disposables. We really like them a lot. It’s about $12 for a pair of briefs ($20 for swim trunks if you have a boy) but we only go to the pool once a week so we don’t need more than one pair.

  11. This is one of my favorite frugal tips!


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