One of the biggest deterrents to trying something new is not understanding it. There’s a misconception that cloth diapering is time-consuming and complicated. It’s not, doesn’t have to be at all. Today we’ll talk a bit about storing dirty cloth diapers until wash day. How often do you HAVE to wash? Generally you should wash every 2-3 days and between washes your dirties will need to stay in a pail or wet bag.
Even if you’ve never cloth diapered, I’m sure you know what a diaper pail is. Disposable diapers often have their own pails and the same can be said for cloth. Diaper pails don’t have to be fancy. I use a flip top trashcan…it’s really that simple. I don’t use a pail liner in my pail. Instead I clean and disinfect it after I dump my diapers into the washer.
Pail liners can make diaper laundry easier, especially if the diaper pail you’re using is difficult for you to lift, or would need to be carried up or down stairs to the laundry room. If you’re going to use a pail liner, I would recommend having at least two. This way you can wash the dirty pail liner with your load of diapers and switch to a clean one while your diapers wash. Of course, if you have more in rotation, your liners will last longer because they won’t be going through as many washes.
Pail liners will either have an elastic top to hug the pail or a drawstring. You can even purchase them in antibacterial versions.
Hanging Wet Bags
Another convenient way to store dirty cloth diapers is a hanging wet bag. These can be hung over a door knob, towel rack, or any hook to make storage convenient. If you’re changing diapers in a few different rooms or on different stories of a house, hanging wet bags can be great. They don’t take up much space and transporting them to the washer is super easy.
The Grovia Perfect Pail can turn any hanger into a diaper pail. The top self-closes so you can easily drop in your dirty diaper and forget about it until wash day. The bottom is nice and sturdy and even unzips to make emptying into the wash a breeze.
The nice thing about wet bags is that you just dump the diapers into the washer and throw the wet bag in too. Easy peasy!
Before You Store
Storing dirty cloth diapers really isn’t much different from storing dirty disposable diapers. As a bonus, they aren’t going into a landfill. Dirty cloth diapers are really just laundry. Before you throw your poopy diapers in the pail or wet bag, dump the solids into the toilet. Having a diaper sprayer can help you get as much poop as possible off the diapers before you store them for wash day. You may also want to hand rinse your night diapers before storing for wash day because it helps keep ammonia at bay. Just rinse, squeeze, and throw in the pail/bag. The SprayPal keeps you from touching the poop/pee at all.
What About The Smell?
Diaper pails and wet bags that breath generally don’t generate a lot of icky smell. The smell is typically contained in the pail or bag. If you really want to make sure your pail is as odor free as possible, you can use a bit of baking soda or a pail deodorizer just as you would in a disposable diaper pail. Another bonus of cloth? You’re flushing the poop down the toilet and poop isn’t sitting in your diaper creating extra stink in the first place. A cloth diaper pail will rarely, if ever, smell as rank as a disposable diaper pail. Trust me, I’ve used both and I much prefer cloth.
I hope this has helped debunk any myths you’ve heard about how complicated cloth diapers are. At least when it comes to storage. You can browse through our other cloth diaper articles to see how easy cloth can be. Have a question about cloth? Leave a comment or shoot us an email, we’d be happy to help answer any cloth questions you have!
*This post contains some affiliate links to one of my favorite cloth diaper retailers, Kelly’s Closet. It also contains my 100% honest, unbiased opinions as a mom who has used cloth diapers on two children over the last 2.5 years.