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FAQ: Where do I store my dirty diapers?

Posted by Becca on 10/22/2010 to Cloth Diaper How-To

So, you’ve decided to use cloth and now you don’t know what to do with your diaper genie, huh? Oh, I understand. Mine is in the basement gathering dust after we used it for not quite a month. You can’t exactly use it to keep your cloth diapers until washing them. But the clothes hamper isn’t the place either, is it?

You have a couple options when it comes to storing your dirty diapers.

A hanging wet bag. Buy a wet bag that either zips or has a drawstring—make sure it is a large one—and hang it on a doorknob, the end of your changing table, or some other, easily accessible place. If you have two of these wetbags handy, you can hang the new, clean one out while the dirty one is in the wash with the diapers.

A diaper pail. Store your diapers in a regular diaper pail—preferably one with a lid. You can go without a liner if you prefer, but I wouldn’t as that will lead to cleaning up even more messes in the pail. Instead, you can buy a cloth pail liner (or just a wetbag that will fit inside. If you have two pail liners, you can just switch out the dirty one for the clean one.

A wet pail. This is a pail with water in it that your diapers can soak in. The benefits to having such a pail is that your diapers shouldn’t accumulate as much buildup over time which means that you’re less likely to need to strip them often. The downside to having a wet pail is that your diapers will mildew if you miss your wash day, and that with small children running around, it can pose a hazard to them—not to mention the possible horrendous mess that they would be able to make!

No matter how you store your dirty diapers, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t let them sit dirty for more than 2-3 days at a time if you want them to keep their maximum absorbency. Your method of storage depends upon you and your lifestyle. You need to find what works for you and fits best into your routine.

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Becca is a part time Spanish Teacher, a part time Stay-at-home-mom, and the wife of the best husband imaginable. Becca’s absolute favorite thing to do is to spend time with her little family. She also enjoys doing anything crafty – from making jewelry, to writing, to sewing, to photography.