When I first started doing research for my cloth diapers, I remember reading about "wet pails" and "dry pails." I honestly had no idea what they were referring to! After a little research a whole new realm of cloth diapers was opened to me. Here is what I learned.
Dry Diaper Pail - a diaper pail or any plastic pail with a washable pail liner put inside it
- Baking soda for stink sprinkled in the bottom of the pail
- A drop of tea tree oil can also be put on the small piece of suede fabric attached to the seam on the outside of some pail liners
- Recommended to he diapers ever 2-3 days
- Don't require a seal tight pail
- May want to shake solids into the toilet before placing diapers into a dry pail
- Lighter weight than carrying a bucket of water with diapers in it
- Less risk for small children with the water
- Easier in general on laundry day
- The diapers can be more prone to stains without this "pre-soak"
- Need to have a couple of diaper pail liners on hand for laundry days
- Some people claim dry pails have a stink to them
- Waterproof container that can seal/lockable top
- Fill 1/4-1/2 the pail with water
- No liner needed
- Some people add baking soda, tea tree oil, or vinegar to the water to help with the "stink"
- Reduces stains better than the dry pail method
- Soak acts like a pre-wash or rinse
- Is more work in terms of filling up the bucket and transferring diapers to the washing machine (at least in my opinion)
- Can be a potential safety issue for small children in terms of drowning
- Bacteria can build up in the moist environment if diapers are not washing in a timely manner
- Can be messy dunking the diapers
- Some people claim wet pails also can have a certain stink to them
- May damage your PUL or elastic part of your diapers over time
- Reduces stains and stink by rinsing
- No drowning risks for small children
- If the diaper are not washed often, the wet diapers can become a breeding ground for bacteria--> stink
- Can create more work if using (2) separate pails
Hanging Diaper Wet Bag - as it sounds, a hanging wet bag or washable liner bag.
- Some people use the hanging wet bag as a replacement for a dry pail and liner
- Save space
- No need to buy a diaper pail
- Great for travel
- Same PRO's as with the dry pail
- You will need multiple wet bags while the other is being laundered
- Same problems may arise as with a dry pail
There are so many different ways to store dirty diapers. Different methods work for different people and different spaces. For me personally, I use a dry pail, however, I also rinse all my poopy diapers out with a diaper sprayer and then squeeze out the excess water and throw them in the dry pail. This works great! I rarely have stink issues.
I also put some baking soda in the bottom of the pail, before I put the liner in. I find that this helps keep any stink at bay. In a perfect world I would have a dry pail for pee diapers and a hanging wet bag in the bathroom for my newly sprayed poopy diapers. (Not sure what the hubby would think about hanging poopy diapers inside the bathroom though). Maybe eventually the hanging wet bag above will find it's way into My Stash!
But currently I use (2) Kissaluvs Antibacterial Pail Liners and a Safety First Diaper Pail. I love the pail liners, they work great! However, if I had to pick again, I would get a diaper pail with a bigger opening that you don't need to "touch" to put soiled diapers in. Maybe a pail with a swinging flap...if you know what I mean.
What method do you like the best?
What works for your family?
What types of pails, liners, or wet bags do you use?