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Real Nappy Week! Real nappies and Blake & Bull drying racks, the perfect combo!

Real Nappies on peachy bums, whats not to love!Better for the environment, kinder on your babies skin & available in so many vibrant designs perfect for a little tooshie!

They can be tricky to dry however when the most favourable option, the washing line, is being bombarded by rain! Tumble drying uses additional energy and can shorten the lifespan of the nappies. 

If you have a range cooker however one of our drying rackslets the nappies dry gently, allowing warm air to pass through the fibres. The 'overnight' dry means that the nappies stay soft and the fibres are not exhausted over time by quick dry heat, such as on a radiator.

How to dry real cloth fabric terry nappies on an Aga range cooker with a drying rack from Blake and BullThis delightful image came from community member LD back in January. Some of these gorgeous patterns are from Tots Bots ,they make a delightful rainbow against the pistachio range.


How to dry real cloth fabric terry nappies on an Aga range cooker with a drying rack from Blake and BullThank you to Natasha who sent in this photo of her Blake & Bulldrying rack,industriously drying her washable nappies, loving the 'bumble bee bum' one!

"This rack has revolutionised my nappy drying! So much quicker. My MIL also treated me to new hob pads and gauntlets. I’m a lucky daughter in law." 😄


How to dry real cloth fabric terry nappies on an Aga range cooker with a drying rack from Blake and BullAnnabel loves her rack for getting her little ones nappies safely dry. Lets face it, reusable nappies can feel like a big investment. To reap the benefits and save money in the long term (vs disposable) they need to last, drying them gently ensures that you get the most from them. There is money to be saved too by not using a tumble dryer,and making use of the residual heat coming off the cooker. 

Annabel took the reusable leap"All thanks to the The Nappy Lady and her advicethat I’m using cloth nappies and we love them! Super speedy drying thanks to the racks... 🙌🏼"

We have thought of 11 ways to use your Blake & Bull drying rack, it can be useful even through the summer months! Perfect for overnight drying, when you have an unexpected load that you have not been able to fit during the day. Unpredictability comes hand in hand with raising kids, and a poorly baby thats run out of nappies needs more the next day. Bung them on the rack, go get some rest, dry by morning! 

Here are our 'Drying Rack Top Tips' -

  1. When drying washing on your rack, fold it first, saves on ironing (if you do it)
  2. If you are off on a winter walk, lay your scarves, welly socks, gloves and hats out on the rack to warm through before you leave!
  3. Kiddy craft? Use our rack to dry paintings, papier mâché, découpage and much more!
  4. Dry citrus peel slowly on it, rested on greaseproof paper, to make a natural kindling, pine cones work too! 
  5. Dry out kindling sticks, ready for a warming winter fire.
  6. Lay your washing-up on it, to air dry. Or bits from the dishwasher that haven't steam dried, lay a t-towel down first. 
  7. The flat surface is great for drying bulkier items slowly, like pillows, duvets folded, cat & dog beds - we have even seen a horse blanket being done this way!
  8. Slow dry your glut of summer herbs for the winter months on parchment. 
  9. Dry seeds from the garden and store for the next season - free flowers! On the top layer, not too hot.
  10. Try Propagating seeds in trays on your rack or pot shelf, if they require a heated propagator you could save money and energy this way! 
  11. Dry your delicate woollens - after hand washing let them drip dry flat on our rack, over the bath (or kitchen sink if using a Half Size Drying Rack), then easily transfer the rack to the top of your range for the last drying stage.

< Do please send in your drying rack pics to adfd to our growing community gallery! 

Katy x  







Katy Boys

Katy Boys

Katy is a rural girl at heart. She loves long walks, home cooking, paddling in rivers, warm fires and socks and stomping in leaves with her children. After studying ‘drawing stuff’ at university in Bath, Katy spent 10 years selling wares and managing folk at Habitat in Bath. Welcoming children into her world prompted her to return to drawing things, people and places from home. This led her to us at Blake & Bull and the rest is history. She draws our stuff, provides cuddles for the office dog, and is here to chat to you lovely lot.