Start with a Good Diaper Pail

Start with a Good Diaper Pail

Your easy cloth diaper washing routine starts with a good diaper pail. We recommend a diaper pail with a secure lid such as the 54 Quart Diaper Pail we offer, pictured above.  The flip-top lid makes it easy to open and close the pail with a dirty diaper in one hand while securing your baby with the other hand.

CLOTH DIAPER LINGO: Dry Pail = no water added, no soaking. Your pail will probably be quite wet with urine, but you don't add extra water to a dry pail system.

CLOTH DIAPER LINGO: Deo Disk = deodorant disk. A 2" round disk of heavy paper saturated with odor absorbent oils. Fits in the lid of a diaper pail.

Odor Control

Remove Solid Waste. The best way to keep the smell at a minimum is to remove as much waste from the diapers as possible. This is not an issue with newborn babies and breastfed babies.

Shake excess waste into the toilet and use a diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet water spray to remove the rest. If you don’t have a sprayer you can use a flat edged scraper to remove the rest.

Wash Frequently. Wash at least every 3 or 4 days.

Avoid Heat. Keep the diaper pail out of the sun and away from heat vents or other sources of heat.

Cover the smell with Deo Disks:  We recommend using diaper pail deodorizers such as Citrus Circles deo-disks, which contain natural, scented citrus oils and are non-toxic. 

Dry Pail Recommended

Soaking diapers in a wet pail---that is, adding water to the pail---is not necessary.  Diapers do not come out any cleaner and it just creates a mess.

Everything Together

You can put the diaper covers in with the diapers, but be sure to close hook and loop fasteners before putting them into the diaper pail to avoid fibers collecting in the hooks. This not only keeps the hook from holding tight to the loop but wears out your diapers faster as it tears at the fabric.

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