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It's time to talk about POOP and how to REMOVE it!

Posted by Becca on 10/23/2014 to Cloth Diaper Humor

Let's talk about POOP and how to REMOVE it!

It’s time again. Time to talk about poop! Surprising that I find another way to discuss it seeing as I couldn’t have imagined it could be such a broad topic before I had kids.

Did you know that poop from two different kids can be regularly different? In other words, my son’s poop is regularly different from what I’d come to expect from my daughter. In other, other words, they each have their own, unique pooping style. Now there’s something to be proud of. Well, no matter the consistency or the content, poop and washing machines don’t mix (unless it’s the exclusively breastfed stuff), so you’re gonna have to find a way to separate the poop from the fluff. Here are a couple methods I’ve tried (or at least heard of):

1) Diaper liners. A disposable liner added at each diaper change can be a great way to dispose of that poop without spraying, dunking, shaking, disco­ dancing, or scraping. Ideally, the poop stays on the liner and can be simply thrown into the potty, leaving the diaper washing machine ready.

a. Pros: when these work, they’re awesome and they work 50%­ 90% of the time, especially with babies who haven’t started to crawl or walk yet.

b. Cons: Sometimes they scrunch up and twist between the legs and the poop goes everywhere but on the liner, requiring any one of the less desirable methods of poop removal. Also, these need to be regularly purchased. You can also buy reusable diaper liners, but then you’re back to finding a way to remove the poop, possibly from both the liner and the diaper now.

2) Diaper Sprayer. The diaper sprayer attaches to your toilet and the water pressure can be adjusted to adapt to the force needed or preferred for poop removal.

a. Pros: Ideally, this is a great way not to have to touch the poop. The sprayer touches it for you. 10% of the time, it actually works that way too.

b. Cons: Spray at the wrong angle or with the wrong pressure and you’re gonna get a wall­ full or face­ full of poopy water. Also, you usually end up touching poopy water anyway because you still need to wring out the diaper, especially if it was a super sticky, super stubborn poop that needed lots of spray.

3) Spray Pal. The Spray Pal is used in conjunction with a diaper sprayer, this eliminates some of the problems associated with diaper spraying— namely, poorly aimed spray and/or mist.

a. Pros: Extra protection is always great and this can protect your face, your mouth, and your walls from poop particles that build up over time and give you a reputation that keeps guest from accepting dinner invitations.

b. Cons: It’s just another bulky piece of equipment to hang in your bathroom and serve as a Petri dish for germs. It’s also an extra step in the diaper- cleaning process. Besides, you still have to squeeze out that diaper which will soak your hands in poopy water.

4) Dunking. Holding the diaper at one or both ends, dunk it gently in the toilet water to loosen the stools. Then, flush the water, being sure to grip the diaper tightly. The force of the flush should remove the remaining pieces of stubborn poo.

a. Pro: This is a really effective way of removing poop from a diaper and there is no spray. Also, it’s free. Yes, you’re touching the poopy water, but you’re probably going to touch it no matter your method. Besides, didn’t I read somewhere that dirty toilet water can act as an exfoliant? No wait, that’s Dead Sea mud. Close enough.

b. Con: You’re fully committing yourself to touching this poopy water. Where there may be a chance of escape with your sprayer, liner, and spray pals, there is no escape here. Also, if you don’t have a nice, firm grip, you can say goodbye to your diaper and your plumbing. The last thing you need is a bulky, cloth diaper clogging those drains and bringing necessitating an ER call to the plumber(actually, a babysitter flushed one of my inserts once and other than the lost insert, everything worked out all right, so that’s a best- case scenario).

5) Scraping. This is one method I have never tried but I’m pretty sure I can imagine how it would work. Correct me if I’m wrong but you reserve a spatula for this task alone (no double duty as a cake server please), and come time for a poopy diaper cleanse, you hold your diaper with one hand, and scrape the solids into the toilet with the other. Easy peasy. I’m imagining that anything that doesn’t come off at this point could be dunked.

a. This seems that it would be almost as effective as the diaper liner in assuring that your hands won’t touch any poop, but without having to make any regular purchases.

b. Still, you’d have to find a great place to keep the bacteria ridden spatula, or find a way to thoroughly disinfect it after each baby bowel movement.

6) Disco­ dancing. I’m sorry, there is no such thing when it comes to poop removal.

I had to keep you reading, though.

7) Shake it off! This only works for those nice, solid poops that are cohesive but not adhesive and await you like a perfectly formed present at changing time. Just begging to roll nicely into the toilet like an Olympic high diver, they’re beautiful, but hard to come by.

a. Pro: If your baby produces lots of these, special, Olympian poops, you’re gonna have some trouble­-free poop removal.

b. Cons: Babies don’t normally poop like this, so you’ll be shaking for a long time before you start scraping, dunking, and spraying.

Armed with this information, go ahead and grab your sense of humor and maybe a hazmat suit, and tackle those baby poops head on. While these methods promise effective poop removal, they cannot promise a separation of poop and parent.

Unfortunately, poop is an integral part of the parenting experience. The sooner you embrace that fact, the happier you’ll be. For those new parents out there who are cringing as they read this, I promise it’s not that bad. It goes hand in hand with picking your kids nose for them and catching vomit in your hand: awful when it’s any random kid, but perfectly normal and surprisingly not so gross when it’s your own.



Ashley Seymour
Date: 10/23/2014
My son produced the shakeable kind for a very short period of time. was awesome! Most of the time now, we get "poop pancakes". I don't use a spatula, but a small piece of toilet paper. ....and I peel it off, lol!
judith martinez
Date: 10/23/2014
A pair of rubber kitchen gloves are always a plus for the more squeamish among us. That was what helped me get past the poop hurdle when I first switched from diaper service cloth to washing it myself.
Date: 10/24/2014
Disco dancing sounds like a good idea! Maybe I should get a strobe light put in the bathroom for this :)
Sarah Simon
Date: 10/24/2014
We love our diaper sprayer! The diaper dawg is a great accessory and helps control the splatter.
stephanie miranda
Date: 10/24/2014
Right now I use the shake and peel off method, haven't encountered any runny stools so far since starting cd, but am planning on making a homemade diaper sprayer,on a tight budget, on my to-do list will get to it eventually
Karla Flores
Date: 10/24/2014
Haven't reached the stage yet where I can shake off the poop. But I'm really hoping to utilize my homemade fleece liners and my sprayer. Oh and I also got the Spray Pal. Excited to use that :-D
Emily Engstrom
Date: 10/24/2014
We live in an apartment, so I don't think the sprayer is really an option for us, but I'd have to check the lease. I think disposable liners will be the way to go for us.
Jessica Myhre
Date: 10/24/2014
I have an older home (50+ years old) that has an old stone sink complete with built-in washboard, right next to my washing machine in the basement. I attached a short garden hose with one of those heavy-duty brass sprayers on it to the faucet. I leave the wet diapers upstairs in a wet bag until wash day & take the poppy ones to the basement to spray them off in the sink (DS is still mostly breastfed, so pretty much liquidy poop here). I really like this system because I don't have much backslash & I feel like the garden hose nosel puts the water under a lot more pressure than a diaper sprayer would, so I can get all of the poop off before washing.
Mesha C.
Date: 10/25/2014
New to CD I am glad to have this list. It will come in handy in the distant future.
Megan W
Date: 10/25/2014
We will be starting our cloth diaper journey with the arrival of our second baby. It's good to read through these pros and cons because some act as tho certain methods are a must. Right now i have some homemade fleece liners ready to try out, but I do agree we'll have to find a way to clean those of too. It probably helps a little that I plan to EBF for the first 6 months so maybe we can get away with just tossing everything into the washer?
alex mclemore
Date: 10/25/2014
I need to invest in disposable liners..the funk and swirl method is getting old..
Brittiny Kirkpatrick
Date: 10/25/2014
I use the toilet and liner method. Even if the liner doesn't catch all the poo it helps with when I use rash creams.
Date: 10/26/2014
I tend toward the swish/dunk/flush method. Always been intrigued by scraping, and I'd love a SprayPal!
Date: 10/29/2014
What a great breakdown! I didn't realize you still have to touch the diaper to remove the water when using the spray pal/sprayer combo. I also didnt realize the liners scrunched up! Good to know! thanks!
kelly galpin
Date: 10/31/2014
I have a diaper sprayer & I love it!
Joann Kernodle
Date: 10/31/2014
When my daughter was little I used to keep a spray bottle with peroxide and water in it for the dirty diapers. Then they went in a diaper pail with a little peroxide and water. We didn't have all these cool things back in 1983. We used diaper liners, but some always got on her diapers. She was allergic to disposables and was sensitive to most detergents.We use the same with my grandchildren.
mellisa Patterson
Date: 11/1/2014
We use a diaper sprayer!
Date: 11/1/2014
I love liners. I know it is not the most eco-friendly, but they make life so much simpler!
Alex K
Date: 11/5/2014
We use a diaper sprayer...or I should say "I use a diaper sprayer." Mom gets the poopy diapers!
Katy Baird
Date: 11/6/2014
I just purchased a spray pal and "portable bidet"/diaper sprayer on Amazon, I have yet to hook it up, but little E has also not started solids, so it's all EBF poo for now. I am NOT looking forward to doing more than tossing everything in the diaper pail lol!
Andrea Slagle
Date: 11/6/2014
I am pregnant with our first child, and we plan to BF so this is good to read! I'm thinking that we'll either try the diaper sprayer or the spatula method!
Date: 11/6/2014
I won't be dealing with poop for a while since my baby is not here yet, but these are great suggestions!! Thanks!
Tiffany L
Date: 11/7/2014
I am still breast feeding my son so I don't have to deal with poop scraping yet! I think we will get a diaper sprayer when the time comes. I also think mom (me) will get all of the poopy diapers. Our nursery is upstairs and our only bathroom is downstairs. It's going to be an adjustment!
Jete Slaughter
Date: 11/8/2014
We always rinse our poop even though our baby is ebf. I wishing the ducking method worked for this because I always end up using my hand. Maybe it's time to invest in a sprayer. Lol
Date: 11/9/2014
We use the liners and I scrape the rest. I have been thinking about getting a sprayer.
Renee Hankenson
Date: 11/10/2014
I definitely prefer using the spraypal and diaper sprayer. It makes things so much easier. I really miss them when we visit family because I use an old spatula while we stay with them. Dunking and swishing doesn't work so well with sticky diapers, in my experience.
jilliann m
Date: 11/13/2014
Thanks for the tips
Marie Garrett
Date: 11/13/2014
i haven't had to deal with removing poop yet because my little one is still ebf. i am dredding the day i have to though lol i think i'll do the scrape and dunk method. i didn't realize you had to flush when you dunk though eeekkk i'm nervous i'm going to flush my diaper
Brittany Belcher
Date: 11/14/2014
Thank you for this post! As a new cloth diaper user I am more than slightly intimidated by all the options for everything from detergent to diaper designs to poop removal. This post really helped me to sort or what I think would work best for me and my family!
Date: 11/19/2014
Disco Dancing poop removal sounds a bit messy ;-)
Jill S
Date: 11/22/2014
Ha! now I see Taylor Swift 'shake it off' with a diaper. Whoa. Bad image. I've used a good combo of any of these and they all work. New tech is good, but not always necessary to get the job done!
Peta-Gaye Daniel
Date: 11/28/2014
Looking forward to using the diaper sprayer we will receive with our bunGenius 4.0 One-Size Pocket Diaper Deluxe Package order from Diaper Junction.
Candace Suarez
Date: 1/20/2015
I'll try my luck with a diaper sprayer lol
vickie couturier
Date: 2/4/2015
some good points,,my grandsons are cloth diapered,,and im not too good with those yet but im learning
cassandra dyer
Date: 2/9/2015
Oh boy I'm dreading changing poop diapers after solids
Theresa Hover
Date: 2/17/2015
My friend who cloth diapers uses a diaper sprayer, but I can't stand the idea of aerosolizing poo! If we were to use a diaper sprayer, I think something like the spray shield or Diaper Dawgs spray collar would be needed. I would probably lean toward the spray collar since it seems easier to clean.
Amber Collier
Date: 3/12/2015
I am so not looking forward to solid food poops. :( Breastfed poops have been awesome!
Kristi Rokey
Date: 3/19/2015
great info
Amy Moore Marquardt
Date: 3/20/2015
Loved this post, Im excepting our first and REALLY want to cloth diaper. I can find all kinds of info on diapers but when it comes to the nitty gritty cleaning of the poop no ones talking. Thank you for not making me come up with my own list of pros and cons on my own.
Danielle Gephart
Date: 3/31/2015
I started cloth diapering and introducing solids at the same time, so we're really being thrown into it! Thanks for this!
katie m
Date: 4/30/2015
Haven't started solids yet but thanks for the list, we may try the dunk and swish and see if we want to go for a diaper sprayer.
Anya Hildebrandt
Date: 5/15/2015
Little one is ebf right now but in 2-3 months I will have to start this. I'm thinking leave a pail at the change table and throw the dirty diaper in it. Occupy the little one and spatula that poop in the toilet! If i end up having to rinse the diapers too before putting them in the wet bag I think the shower head reaches the toilet. Best of luck to all the cloth diapering mama's!!
Mary Schuh
Date: 7/5/2015
#6! Bahaha! I like your sense of humor! :-)
Mary Schuh
Date: 7/12/2015
I love my diaper sprayer so much!

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