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How to care for your cloth diaper wet bag

Posted by Bert on 4/25/2013 to Cloth Diaper Accessories
In my opinion a Wet bag is a quintessential cloth diaper accessory; one that really should be on everyone’s “must haves” list. Whether it’s a large bag for storing dirty diapers before laundry day or a smaller bag to take with you on the go proper washing and care will lengthen the life ofwetbags,cloth diapers your wet bag; I’ve always wondered though how often do I need to wash my wet bags?

Where to find care instructions

I’ve never looked it up before so I’m learning this right along with you and the care instructions are interesting to say the least! For example, when you look at Planetwise’s care instructions one of the things they mention is that sunning your wet bag will shorten the life of your wet bag because of the heat and the strength of the UV rays.

It makes sense though; UV rays are strong enough to give us skin cancer so why wouldn’t they be harsh on something like a wet bag? When you’re drying your wet bag use a low heat cycle or simply air dry. And never ever use bleach or fabric softener on your wet bags; the bleach is really difficult on the fabric so it should be used very sparingly if at all.

The wash and care instructions of a lot of our wet bag brands suggest similar washing routines as a cloth diaper wash routine. One key tip that I haven’t noticed before is that many of the brands suggest turning the bag inside out and that makes sense. I usually wash mine about every other week to every two weeks depending on the smell of the bag. Not that my wet bags have a bad smell to them but if it’s been a week or two there’s definitely an odor that seems to seep out when it’s opened.

Here are the warranty and care information on a few of the popular brands that we sell:


So what is your wet bag care routine like? Please share!



Cheryl Damaske
Date: 4/25/2013
I never gave it a second thought, I just empty it and toss it right in with the diaper load. Then into the dryer it goes with everything else for 20 minutes, at which time I pull out all of my diaper covers and the wet bag. Then continue drying the prefolds and inserts. I have a planet wise, grovia and a kanga care. They have all faired well, the only problem I have had is with zippers and elastic band closures wearing out.
Kimberly Travers
Date: 4/25/2013
I never thought about it either. I just turn it inside out and in the pail it goes. Sometimes I'll use it a couple times. And sometimes I wash it on wash day. Depends on how full it is, or how long the diapers were in it, or how many poopy ones were in it and how long a poopy one was in it. But I never put anything with PUL or elastic in the dryer. I leave them inside out and hang them by the draw string on my drying rack. The top of my pail liners go on a rod in the middle of the rack and the
Kimberly Travers
Date: 4/25/2013
I guess my comment was too long. The top of my pail liners go on a rod in the middle of my drying rack and the body of ot just hangs. I find that they dry faster inside out. I do dry new items a few times just to seal PUL. I'll have to post a pic of my drying rack to your wall.
Tanya P
Date: 4/26/2013
I wash with diapers then hang to dry. But sometimes my prefolds end up in the bag bad are sopping wet at the end of the wash.
Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
Date: 4/26/2013
I wish I knew not to wash my wet bag so often when I was cloth diapering my first CD baby. I washed it for every ways (so every 3 days or so) and while it did survive the full 2 years it only just barely did. Now I only wash every week or two. :)
Jen K
Date: 4/26/2013
Never even thought about this before. I'm new to CDing, so I'm just finding out how involved just cleaning the diapers can be. I hadn't even thought about the diaper bag! So much to learn.
Laura Fulks
Date: 4/26/2013
I never realized you could wait longer between washes for your wet bags. I throw mine in every time because they always seem to smell like urine...
amanda colo
Date: 4/26/2013
I never new sunning would wear out my wet bag faster!! So good to know! thank you
Tiffany Scott
Date: 4/26/2013
I usually wash mine along with the cloth diapers when it smells funny and I do turn it inside out.
amanda colo
Date: 4/26/2013
I never new sunning would wear out my wet bag faster!! So good to know! thank you
Amanda Vasiliou
Date: 4/26/2013
I feel like we're really careful with our wet bags and lately the diaper pail is wet after we take them out. I wonder if if it's time for new ones or if we need to just never dry them...
Date: 4/26/2013
This is helpful-I never really thought about treating it any differently!
Samantha Lippard
Date: 4/26/2013
I wash my son's wet bags with his diaper laundry. I turn them inside out before putting them in the washer.
Date: 4/27/2013
I usually wash the bag with the rest my laundry. Then, I air dry it inside out on my drying rack... or sometimes hang it over the washing machine. I find mine dries fairly quickly.
Kelsie Jennings
Date: 4/28/2013
Good to know about the sunning!
Kimberly Price
Date: 4/28/2013
This was helpful to read! I wash my bag every time I wash diapers...but I'm thinking I could wait a bit, so as not to wear them out as quickly.
Rachel N
Date: 4/28/2013
I wash my bag with my diaper laundry, I can't imagine not washing it if it had dirty diapers in it... I do usually just hang it to dry inside but I have put it outside on the line if it's nice. They tend to dry really fast out there so I bring it in once it's dry.
Rachel A.
Date: 4/28/2013
Just starting cloth diapering soon (as soon as my fluff arrives) and this is good information! I'll keep it out of the sun!
Lauren P
Date: 4/30/2013
I always wash my wet bag with each load of wash because it looks like it needs it. My wet bag is from gdiapers and is a light off white color so it always looks dirty to me. I think next time I will get a brightly colored bag and maybe I won't feel like it needs washing as often.
Date: 4/30/2013
Date: 5/17/2013
This is so helpful! I never thought that I'd be doing something wrong by drying it in the sun.
Kara Q
Date: 7/12/2013
I wish I would have read this blog sooner! I wash my wet bags with my diapers (every 2 days) and I put them outside if the weather is nice! I do have 4 in my rotation, so they aren't getting washed that often. I am definitely going to try and use the bag for an extra day or 2 before washing it ...and see how it goes! And I am going to stop putting them out in the sun!!!
Mary S
Date: 10/28/2013
I always air dry my wet bag; I wish it didn't take so long. My RaR wet bag, especially, takes such a looong time to dry. I guess I just need to get a couple more wet bags so I'm not waiting on one to dry so I can use it. That in itself would lengthen the life of the wet bags, I think.
judith martinez
Date: 12/9/2013
Great information. I love my wetbags!
Melissa S
Date: 12/13/2013
I wash mine every time I wash diapers, so I have 2 in rotation.
Laurie P
Date: 2/11/2014
I just recently bought a wet bag, this was helpful to read. Will definitely be turning it inside out for the wash.
jennifer laur
Date: 3/20/2014
i had no clue that sunning them isn't a good idea! in the summer, i would always hang it outside to dry...maybe this summer i'll start hanging it in the shade!
Rita Topper
Date: 5/4/2014
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'll make sure I always hang them to dry.
Date: 12/2/2014
This was helpful! Thanks!
katie m
Date: 4/23/2015
I don't have a wet bag but these are great tips when I start using one.
Alicia Hagemann
Date: 5/14/2015
There are some really good tips in this blog and I am glad that I read it. I had at first planned on just throwing the wet bag in with the diapers every 2-3 days when I did washing, but now I realize its better to do it at least once or twice a week in order to help prolong its life and such. I have a small one and a medium on its way now, both of which I plan to use only for when we are out an about. But I may end up using the medium one at home until we are able to get some diaper pail liners to use at home to make laundry days a little easier on me. At least I am hoping for that.
Jilliann M
Date: 7/14/2015
I guess I'm willing to have shortened wet bag life if it means washing it every time I wash the diapers. The thought of toddler poop sitting in it for a week doesn't sound fun to me. Probably would've been fine for me during the newborn phase though!

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