Should You Use a Wet Diaper Pail or Dry Diaper Pail?

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After you have made the choice to go the cloth diapering route, you must also choose how to store your soiled diapers. This is the tricky part that most parents new to cloth diapering fear the most. I am so happy to tell you that there are either two basic methods to storing your soiled diapers which are either a wet diaper pail or a dry diaper pail.

But first, let’s point out the good and the bad of both.

A wet diaper pail is one that stores used cloth diapers in water before washing. A solution of water, odor and stain eliminators, baking soda and essential oils can be used to reduce smells and staining in a wet pail.

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Pros:

  • Prevents less staining
  • Reduces the need for a pre-rinse.

Cons:

  • Stagnant water can become stinky.
  • Baby or toddler can get into the pail and it become a huge mess.
  • Potential drowining hazard.
  • Makes the pail heavier.

A dry diaper pail: A dry diaper pail is one where used cloth diapers are stored with no rinsing or standing water. Diapers are simply tossed in the pail and stay there until wash day.

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Pros:

  • No drowning risk
  • Easy to maintain
  • Less of a mess
  • Lighter apil

Cons:

  • More likely to get stains
  • Need a wetbag or pail liner for diapers

You all might be wondering which method I have chosen and that would be the dry pail method. Having a new little crawler in the home, it lessens the risk of drowning or making a mess. My diapers actually do not stain much at all via this method because I spray each diaper off with a diaper sprayer from The Potty Pail which works like a charm. They even offer a pail or bucket to store your diapers in. The smell is not too bad since I do not keep a top on my pail and I always make sure to keep a box of baking soda nearby.

Our advice?

Try each one and see what works best for you and your family, but be aware of all the pros and cons before making your choice. No matter what you choose, our large hamper wetbag will store your dirty diapers effectively until wash day.

Diaper pails can be pretty expensive. Even worse, they can fail to work properly-including masking the stench of soiled diapers. I am so happy to tell you that you do NOT have to invest in a pricey or fancy diaper pail. I made my diaper hamper for less than $25!

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 Lil Bums large hamper wetbag – $19.99                                                                                                                   wet-bag
  • 1 round hamper (preferrably plastic) – $3.00                                                                                                              01754d3a983658362ee9bad1da2d1699
  • Baking soda – $0.98                                                                                                                                                                01754d3a983658362ee9bad1da2d1699

What to do:

  1. Sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of the plastic hamper.
  2. Line the hamper with the wetbag.
  3. Sprinkle a little baking soda into the bottom of the wetbag.
  4. Put your soiled diapers into the hamper-no top needed. Contrary to popular belief, having no top on your hamper allows the smell to dissipate so there’s less of an odor! This is why most diaper pails (with tops) stink so badly.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda as needed.

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