Sunday, July 19, 2009

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How do you store your diapers?

Soiled diapers: How do you store your diapers? Diaper Pail? Hanging Pail? Wet bag? What do you do use for on-the-go storage? Any tips/tricks for eliminating diaper pail and/or wet bag odors?

I wash diapers every 2-3 days, depending on how many she goes through. I wash when I am down to 2-4 diapers, so I have enough diapers to get me through washing. To store my diapers I use and trash bin with the foot lever lid, The 42L/13Gal size.

It fits the pail liners in it perfectly, I use either a planet wise pail liner or the XL Bummis one. I have two liners that I rotate with diaper washes. After I am done changing the diaper I pull the insert out of the pocket and place it on top of the inside of the diaper, fold in half and place in the bin. Now this works great if the diaper is not pooped. In that case I through the wipes and the insert in the bin and take the diaper to get the poop off, it then goes into the bin with the rest of them. I try not to get the diaper super wet and keep it folded in half to keep most of the water inside the diaper. I pull the inserts out right away because I am washing my hands any way and it makes throwing them in the wash way easier.

For odor control I sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of the trash bin before I put the liner back in. I do this about once a month or so. Every 2 or 3 months I also take the bin and rinse it out with water and soap and let it sit in the sun for a few hours.

When I am out I have a medium planet wise that I keep either in my purse or diaper bag, depending on how long we plan on being gone. For two of my other children I used a gallon Ziploc bag, it worked and did its job, but the wet bag is easier to wash out and holds up better.

- By Angela S.

34 comments:

Upstatemomof3 said...

Baking soda at the bottom of the bin!!! That is a great idea. I know what I am adding tomorrow. Thanks!!!

Amanda said...

I have two pail liners that I rotate in my pail. I like the planet wise liners the best. When I sun my diapers, I put the pail outside to freshen it up.

When I'm on the go, I use a wetbag and matching wipes wallet I bought off an etsy site.

Amber Liddle said...

We have a small bin we keep our diapers in. I use a pillowcase to line it, and just throw everything in the washer at once. I find keeping it lid free actually helps keep the odors down. I wash every day, though, so that could help, too :)

dannyscotland said...

I use two rotating Natural Baby Company wet bags in the nursery. They don't smell too bad, but they don't smell like roses, either. I wash them when I wash the diapers. I don't have a set washing schedule, just when the bag gets heavy. For out and about, I have three small NBC wet bags, and they're really great.

momof3munchkins said...

I'm going to have to try the baking soda in the bottom of my pail. It gets pretty stinky sometimes!

ChrissyLou said...

I use just a regular laundry hamper with a lid. I try to take care of poopies right away-- I use flushable wipes and either rinse in tub or laundry sink (depending on witch house I'm at mine or my moms) and then toss them in the laundry basket. On the go I just use a plastic bag and take care once home (I know not environmmevally friendly..)

I wash every other day at this point.

The McDougles said...

Thanks for this post. We don't have a good way of storing the used diapers right now. I need to buy some things to help with that and I had been wondering about the odor from it. Now I have some ideas.

ONCE upon a time.... said...

oh my goodness, your routine pretty much mirrors mine! although you either change more frequently or have fewer diapers than i do because if I waited to wash until i had 4 diapers left it would be a stinky mess! maybe i'm not rinsing enough...but my little one wets through a hemp liner AND a BG liner at night COMPLETELY so i think that's a lot of the stinkiness. Anyway, I love your suggestion about the baking soda--I had never thought about that! I also found it easier to have two liners for the can so that I can just pop a clean one in there when i wash one. I also dry outside and they smell great after that! Thanks again for an informative post! ~Camille

fancygrlnancy said...

I just use a medium size trash bin with a flip top lid. I don't have a wet bag to line it with so I have just been putting a pastic trash bag in it. I wish I had a wet bag... but I have to make do with what I have. I was every 2-3 days and the odor doesn't seem to be a problem unless the lid is left open.

Jut and Chris said...

I use a Swaddlebees wetbag inside of a kitchen sized garbage can with a flip lid. I wash every 2 days and haven't noticed an issue with odors in a really long time. I do 'air' out my garbage can outside while I wash the diapers.

On the go, we have a Wahmies wetbag that can hold up to 12-14 diapers. It is big enough to use when we are traveling for the weekend.

HappilyDomestic said...

I do the same as you...pail with lines (baking soda in the bottom)and a plaet wise wet bag on the go! :-)

tori said...

I don't have a problem with smell in my sons room from the diaper pail. But when I take the pail to the washer the smell that comes out is awful. We bought disc to put in the bottom of the pail, but they don't help much. I think I will try the baking soda.

A Psych Mommy said...

I use a diaper pail, but I'm thinking of switching to a hanging wet bag so that I can to save on floor space since our son's room is so small.

Christina C. said...

I just have a large WAHM wet bag hanging in my bedroom (thats where we always end up changing dipes) and everything goes directly into that. If there is a poopy dipe I take it to the bathroom and dump the poops in the toilet then it goes into the wet bag. We usually aren't out long enough to need to change dipes but I keep a plastic bag in the diaper bag just in case.

Dina said...

I store in a zippered wetbag. I have 1 XL, 1 L and a few small ones for my diaper bag.

Jennifer said...

We actually used a 10 gallon paint bucket with lid for our son, although he's been out of diapers for several months. With our next, I'm hoping this still works, and I'm also hoping to make my own wetbag (insert wishful thinking here), since I have the waterproof material. There's always the ubiquitous plastic Walmart bag for when you're out and about as well.

the monkey's mama said...

I keep mine in a medium WHAMMIES drawstring bag. We have a super small apartment so that is the most convenient for us. It hangs from the baby's nursery door (!). When it is super hot in the summer, I'll sprinkle a little bit of my awesome smelling Jenny's Simply Clean detergent on top of the diapers each night (doing laundry every 3 days) which keeps the stink away.

The Chapman's said...

This is so helpful! I need to do something different, but $$!Thanks for the ideas!

Lisa said...

I use a hanging wet bag for storing my diapers. I wash it with my diapers about once or twice a week, and I've never had problems with smells. I use a smaller wet bag in my diaper bag when I'm out and about.

Laura W. said...

I think taking the inserts out right away is a great idea, since you'll be washing your hands anyway. Also, it would make it easier to get my husband to run a load downstairs, if he knew that he wouldn't have to stand there taking out inserts for ten minutes.

Shaun said...

I have a Planet Wise pail liner that I love. I really need to get another though. Sometimes washing diapers is a long process and we wind up putting the dirties directly in the pail. Sort of defeats the purpose! I use baking soda too! Every other wash I use a vinegar, water and orange cleaner that I make at home on my pail. I let it sit outside in the sun too. That seems to keep the odors mostly at bay. In the diaper bag I use a medium Planet Wise wetbag. It's so great at keeping odors in. You can't even tell!

Denise said...

Right now, I just use the utility sink in my laundry room as a dry pail. I usually shake our the inserts so that when I through them into the laundry, they are ready to go. I really need a wet bag!

Dee said...

I'm still pretty new at this. I have two wet bags-one upstairs and one downstairs. I fill them up then wash them. I REALLY need a diaper pail and liners though since I'm about to have TWO in cloth diapers.

MaryAnne said...

My system is very similar to yours. I used to use baking soda, but found that, with our pail at least, they didn't really smell without it except for the second or two the lid was open, so now I skip that step. I have two wet bags that I rotate, and a smaller bag I keep in my diaper bag (actually need some more of those...)

hosiewosie said...

sounds like a good system, mine is very similar!

Elizabeth said...

I have a BB hanging pail in the nursery and two Monkey Foot wet bags for when we're out and about.

Slee said...

i store my dipes in an empty kitty litter bucket. there is a certain amount of irony there. we don't have any kind of bag, certainly not a wet bag for them. would love one though.

Senior Family said...

i love using a pail liner , i have 2 also and rotate them and keep the lid off and use baking soda also :) great ideas ! i also use a wetbag on the go !!

Serena said...

I use a pillowcase in my pail. I use plastic bags on the go, as I still don't have a wetbag.

Anna said...

I have two pail liners I rotate as well. The only difference in my routine is that I rinse out all my liners before putting them in the pail. It really has cut down on any odor...now I find that if the lid gets left open, the nursery still doesn't stink :)

meganbhulsey said...

I have just a small trashcan with a lid thta I use to put diapers in. The lid really helps keep the odors down - our house doesn't small like dirty diapers at all! And I only wash twice a week.

Kate Wangsgard said...

I'm trying to get started with cloth diapers so this is all great information. Thanks!

Becky said...

Baking soda is such a good idea, I haven't tried that, I have a satchel of baking soda at the top of my bucket that is no longer working. I am thrilled to try this!

Beth E. said...

I use the Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail with a planet wise pail liner. If I end up with pail smell, I wash it with some natural antibacterial soap then rinse with bac-out and water. When we're out and about, I use a planet wise wet bag. Then when I get home, I just dump everything in the pail. And I always wash the bags with my diapers.