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Cloth Diaper Tip: Dirty Diaper Storage

Posted by Becca on 6/4/2013 to Cloth Diaper How-To

Even though I wanted to cloth diaper before my daughter was born, I guess I'd resigned myself to using disposables because I registered for a diaper genie. I have to say that those things are not only impossible to use with cloth diapers, they are completely impractical for disposables too (well, that's my opinion, anyway). As my stash grew, I realized that I really had no solution for dirty diaper storage for my cloth diapers. At first, I just put them in a random bucket on the floor, but once our stash grew past 6 diapers, I realized I needed to find some real storage. For us, dirty diaper storage evolved over the two years that our daughter was in diapers and ultimately we found a couple different dirty diaper storage options for different stages in our diapering journey.

Hanging Wet Bag:
A wetbag with either a drawstring or a handle can be hung from your changing table or a doorknob to contain dirty cloth diapers. We used this for a while, but soon discovered that hanging wetbags only worked for us if you could zip them shut to keep the smell of raw diapers from permeating the baby's room. If you're going to go the hanging wet bag method, may I suggest using a wetbag that is specifically designed to be hung? Fuzzibunz makes a hanging diaper pail. Planet Wise also has a few wetbags that zip closed and could be easily used to hang your dirty diapers in a convenient location. Both of these will efficiently hold your diapers and keep the smell securely inside the bag

Also, you need to make sure that the wetbag you use is large enough to accommodate all the dirty diapers your baby will make in the days between washing. If you have a small stash and need to wash every day or two, then a medium wetbag will probably do the trick. If your stash is larger and you want to wash every other day or every three days (you should never go longer than 2-3 days before diaper washes or the longevity of your diapers may suffer), then you should go with a large wetbag.

Diaper Pail:
Eventually, we found that our selection of hanging wetbags was not only impractical because of smell issues (we hadn't chosen the zippering kind), but we also had a couple that were just too small and forced us either to wash a load of diapers after only 6-8 of them had been soiled. There are plenty of great diaper pails that we could have bought online, but we opted, instead, to buy a simple garbage pail from Walmart. We chose one with a lid that opened with a foot pedal and found that the large Grovia pail liner with the elastic drawstrings worked perfectly. We got two of these liners and simply alternated using them. It was a perfect solution and I'm sorry we didn't think of it earlier.

Diaper Bag Storage:
At first, I planned on using disposable diapers when I was out of the house but then I was like, “Why bother?” I quickly found that it wasn't really more difficult to use cloth diapers everywhere. In fact, for me, it would have been a hassle to have to buy disposables every couple of months and then have a stash of disposables for travel and cloth for home. And what about if you're ready to leave the house and your baby is still in a cloth diaper? Yeah, it was just much less complicated to simply use cloth all the time. The one thing you have to worry about with cloth diapers on the go that you may not have to concern yourself with when using disposables, is dirty diaper storage. You aren't going to be throwing your cloth diapers away. At one of my baby showers, someone gave me a little packet of tiny garbage bags to keep in my diaper bag for storing dirty disposable diapers and at first, that's what I used to store my cloth diapers. Eventually though, I bought a small wetbag for on-the-go changes. For your diaper bag, I feel it's especially important to get a high quality, zipping wetbag because you really want to be able to keep that stink out when your diapers are resting near things like changes of clothing or stored breastmilk. I have a great Fuzzibunz wetbag--size small--that I use for these occasions. A friend of mine has a Planet Wise in her diaper bag, which is also a very, high quality dirty diaper storage option. I've also found some WAHMs on Etsy and other places who sell quality wetbags if you want to go the homemade, support-a-mom route. In addition, if you're handy with a needle and thread, wetbags are super easy to make--especially since places like Hobby Lobby recently started carrying PUL fabric.

So, how do you store your dirty diapers? Are there tricks you have discovered over the years that have helped streamline the process? What is your favorite wetbag or diaper pail?



Date: 6/4/2013
We use a kitchen trash can with a push -top pop-up lid with a planet wise pail liner (have 2 that we alternate) for home. Right now we are still using disposables when out and about bc we received a ton at our shower, but I have a planet wise wetbag (med) and a diaper rite wetbag for on-the-go. Haven't tried the DR yet, but used the PW wetbag with DD1 and it worked wonderfully! These are also great for when they are older for swimsuits! :)
Vicki Hall
Date: 6/4/2013
I use a large diaper pail with 2 diaper rite pail liners. I love the diaper rite pail liners.
Vicki Hall
Date: 6/4/2013
I use a large diaper pail with 2 diaper rite pail liners. I love the diaper rite pail liners.
Amanda O'Mara
Date: 6/5/2013
We use a Tidy Cats 35lb cat litter bucket with no liner. It didn't cost me anything, it's being reused rather than going to a landfill and I just rinse it out in the shower with some antibacterial cleaning stuff on laundry days. I use another one for homemade laundry detergent. (I don't use it on my diapers, but it works wonders on everything else and makes up for how expensive good diaper detergent is.)
Date: 6/6/2013
I have been using a kitchen trash can (used to be our recycling bin) and I rotate two Kissaluvs pail liners. I put two drops of lavender essential oil on the cloth tab in the liners after every wash. I have a Rumparooz hanging wet bag that I once used for daycare for on-the-go, two drawstring wet bags, and I often re-use plastic Target bags for dirty/wet diapers when out of the house.
Date: 6/6/2013
I have two very large hanging wetbags that I alternate, I think they're Jamtots. They're seriously big enough to hold a week's worth of dipes, so a few days is deep enough down that they don't get stinky. I just figured out how to sew zippered wetbags myself for on-the-go, so I have plenty of cute ones for the diaper bag!
Date: 6/6/2013
I use a medium sized kitchen trash can w/ a flip top. I usually just close the lid, but don't "snap" it shut, so that air can circulate. I rotate 4 plain liners and every now and then if smell is an issue, I lay a prefold spritzed with vinegar and EO over the top. That's usually only in the summer and only if I've fallen behind in diaper laudry. Our diaper "pail" is on it's 3rd CDd bum, and for the 2nd, my husband drilled holes in the sides for more air flow. For on-the-go, we have seve
Date: 6/7/2013
I use a zippered wetbag in my son's room and a cheap diaper pail ($12 at BRU) with NO liner in the bathroom. Pee only in the bedroom and overnight/poo diapers always in the bucket. Bucket is easy to rinse.
Kathia Ocasio
Date: 6/7/2013
I use Leslie's Boutique Hanging Wet Bag, but it gets filled up quickly, so I might do their pail liner too:) I also have one for my diaper bag. Right now all my diapers are in the playpen in the living room since that's where I change my son. When he moves to his nursery, they all fit in his changing dresser. Throughout the day though, I throw them in the washing machine with water since right now I'm having to wash everyday.
Kim Hendricks
Date: 6/8/2013
We use a 5-gallon bucket with an airtight gamma seal lid on it. No lliners - I just wipe the inside of the bucket out with a Clorox wipe on laundry days. Works awesome for us & you can't smell it!
Rachel N
Date: 6/8/2013
I use a plain old cheap garbage pail from Walmart and I have 2 pail liners to rotate through it. Works great for me.
Date: 6/10/2013
We have an Ubbi diaper pail. With three dogs, two of which dig in the trash, I thought it best to get one that we can keep closed.
Lily Kwan
Date: 6/13/2013
These dirty diaper storage tips are very helpful. Thanks for sharing!
Leslie bush
Date: 6/14/2013
Great tips, I have a SN son who will always be in "diapers he is 6 yo, a 2 yo not about to be potty learned and a bed wetter 8 yo so wet begs pail liners and such are always a concern esp since I have to use a laundry mat. This blog was a great help thank you!
Date: 8/16/2013
Thanks for the tips! I'm still learning all about cloth diapering!

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