Don't Make Poop Soup!

There are two methods to storing dirty diapers, the wet method and the dry method.  I feel the dry method is the easier and safer way to handle dirty diapers.

This method stores uses cloth diapers in a completely dry pail, with standing water, until wash day.  I like to shake cloth diapers over the toilet to remove any loose solids before putting them in the dry pail.   If you have a diaper sprayer, which is a cloth diapering persons best friend, you can  spray any stuck on solids into the toilet. You can also use baking soda, white vinegar, or tea tree oil to help control odors. Baking soda can be sprinkled directly into the pail.  Vinegar and essential oils should be sprinkled on a cloth rag to avoid damaging your diapers. 

I like the dry pail method because it results in a lighter pail, and is safer storage around small children.  Some feel that there is a possibility of more stains, but I haven't had any problems.  Just be sure to wash diapers at least every 3 days.

To use a dry cloth diaper pail:
  • Line your pail with a washable liner
  • It is optional to sprinkle baking soda, or essential oil in the bottom of the pail
  • Shake any solids off the diapers into the toilet
  • On laundry day, empty the pail and toss the liner into the washer
  • Run a cold rinse
  • Launder as usual

    I will explain the wet pail method, but I think it just makes poop soup!  This method stores used cloth diapers in water until washing day. The same additives used for odor control in the dry method can be used here as well. Please do NOT add bleach or laundry detergent to the soaking water.  They will cause your diapers to break down faster and also reduce the absorbency of the fabrics.  Not the goal of any diaper!

    The wet pail acts as a pre-soak and may reduce the amount of stains on your diapers, but the there are many disadvantages.  The wet method creates a heavy pail to lug around on wash day, and possible odors from stagnant water if you wait too long to do a wash. 


    Could you even imagine if it tips over! YUCK! Poop Soup all over the floor! More importantly, it is a potential drowning hazard for small children. If you choose the wet  pail method be sure to keep it somewhere away from your little ones and choose a locking lid.

    To use the wet pail method:
    • Fill your pail half to three-quarters full with cold water
    • Add baking soda, vinegar, or essential oil if desired
    • Shake any solids off the diapers into the toilet
    • On laundry day dump the entire pail, water and all, into the washer.  Hard to do in a front-loader.
    • Run a spin cycle to remove the excess water
    • Launder as usual
      You choose which method works best for you.  I have found the dry pail method to be mine.

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