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To Spray or Not To Spray

Posted by CDB Guest on 9/8/2010 to Cloth Diaper Reviews

To spray or not to spray? When I began my cloth-diapering journey, I purchased a package that contained the basics (dry pail, liners, deodorizer, detergent, and a diaper sprayer). Sadly, when my sprayer came, it did not attach to our toilet. This was not the end of the road, just a hiccup. So, I shook the diapers in the toilet and rinsed them in the sink. This is not a bad option, but read further for an alternative. Thus, my husband journeyed to Home Depot and bought some new attachments that lengthened the tubing on the toilet. I thought my dreams had come true. Now those dreaded poop diapers would be a snap.

The sprayer was a great tool; I just needed to learn how to use it well. My first rinsing attempt lead to a bath, for myself and for the bathroom. As I navigated the gentle tweaking of the valve to get just the right amount of water pressure, the water and organic matter went flying. I tried again, hoping it would get much better. While my next several attempts got much easier, it was still messy.

I decided to bring the dry pail into the bathroom and pull it close to the toilet. This helps prevent dripping (huge move). I also used to lift the toilet seat before spraying. I did not want to get it dirty. However, the lid, actually, helps keep the splatter to a minimum. If you put the diaper sprayer below the level of the toilet seat, it works.

In the end, I learned a few things. Bring the pail to where your sprayer is located. Open the pail ahead of time. Pull out the liner, if it is a pocket, before rinsing off the bulk of the poop. Put the insert in the pail. Then, fold the diaper in half (opening side down) with the inside out. Rinse in a downward motion. Put the sprayer close to the fabric on a lower setting to prevent tones of splatter. It may take a little longer to rinse, but it will prevent bathroom clean up.

If you are using an all-in-one, you will most likely need to wring the diaper. I have heard that you can use tools (aka. tongs) to hold the diaper and press it against the side of the toilet bowl to remove the access water. I, admittedly, have never tried this myself.

My conclusion is that sprayers are great. They take some getting used to, I still am; however, it helps keep the diapers from staining as horribly. Cloth diapering can sometimes be a labor of love, but overall the sprayer makes it a little bit easier.