Storing Dirty Diapers
March 3, 2014 8:30:00 AM EST
Dirty diapers have to go somewhere. Whether you're using cloth or disposable, after your baby goes in them, you'll need to have a place to store them. Disposable diapers are often wrapped up and tossed in the trash can or in some kind of storage container, like a Diaper Genie until it's time for the garbage truck to make it's weekly rounds... While the Diaper Genie won't work for storing cloth diapers until wash day, there are options that work just as well, if not better!
A wet bag is a waterproof bag used for storing items that are either soiled or wet. They come in many different sizes, from small or medium to hold dirty diapers on the go, to large which work great at home for storing a couple days worth of diapers until it's time to wash. This is the option I use, and my two favorite wet bags for storing dirty diapers at home are the large, Planetwise zippered hanging wet/dry bag and the GroVia Perfect Pail.
The large hanging Planetwise wet bag has two strong handles allowing it to be hung on a door knob or hook. It can be zipped to keep smells and moisture in where it belongs. There is also a zippered "dry" pocket on the front of to allow you to carry clean diapers or wipes. These bags are not only great for home diaper storage, but also great for travel.
The GroVia Perfect Pail is a large waterproof wet bag that can be hung by a hanger and has a pop out top. There is a self closing slot at the top of the bag, allowing the user to simply drop the diaper in without having to unzip and rezip the bag. It holds up to three days worth of diapers and has a zippered bottom so that you can simply unzip the bag and dump the diapers into the wash.
When it's time to wash the diapers, you just dump them into the washer and throw the wet bag in with them! It's good to have a couple wet bag to rotate between. That way, when one is in the wash you'll have another to store soiled diapers in.
Another option for storing diapers is to use a diaper pail. A kitchen-size trash can with lid works great for many parents. Some opt to forgo using a pail liner and just wash out the diaper pail when it starts to stink. Some even us a bucket to store dirty diapers and rinse it out. However, the easiest way to manage a diaper pail is to line it with a waterproof pail liner. When it's time to wash your diapers, just dump them in the washer and toss the pail liner in with them. Just like with the wet bag, it's good to have a couple to rotate between while one is being washed.
A tip for helping with smells from a diaper pail... A tightly closed lid will keep odors in until you open it and then... bam! You get smacked in the face with stink. Some find that leaving the lid cracked open a bit (or even with the lid completely off- open pail) helps to circulate air and reduces issues with smell.
Where you keep you wet bag or diaper pail comes down to preference. Since I started cloth diapering, I have moved my dirty diaper storage a few different times! Because my toddler is on tablefood, we have to address our soiled diapers. (Oh, how I miss our EBF days! ;) ) What works best for us is to keep the wet bag hanging from a doorknob in the bathroom. That way, when we spray the dipes, we don't have to carry them through the house. You may find it easier to keep your wetbag or diaper pail in the nursery or laundry room. You'll figure out what works best for you!
*I have purchased all products mentioned in this post, with the exception of the Perfect Pail, which I won in a contest from GroVia. All opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.