What is a diaper pail? Most Parents wonder what it is for.
Simply put, it is a pail for diapers that is designed for keeping the odors in. It acts as a tightly sealed container. It is a convenient solution for small rooms and kitchens.
There are two types of diaper pails:
After going over what each type is, we’ll go over how to use a diaper pail
This is actually a hard plastic pail that is filled with water. The soiled diapers and pee filled diapers will get soaked in the water. You can add stain removers if you want. You may also include odor eliminators to the wet solution.
Pros of Wet Pails
Wet Pail Cons
Wet Pail Method
Using this method, all soiled diapers will be left soaked in a small amount of water. The Pail will remain sealed to keep the smell in. The water also helps reduce the amount of stains and it acts as a pre-treatment. You can also add baking soda, Borax, washing soda, vinegar, stain removers, or essential oils to the solution.
Unfortunately, this method is not recommended for a lot of cloth diapers today. Note that you will have to change the water in the pail to prevent staining and keep the smells in control. This method also works better with a top loading washing machine.
Wet Pail Storage Reminders
Never add bleach or even detergent the pail water. They are usually pretty harsh on the fabric used to make diapers. In some cases, adding those can void the warranty. They even react with the urine, which makes the liquid smell more.
Remember that a wet pail poses a drowning hazard. Keep the pails away from your pets and kids. Make sure to use a lidded container that has a tight lock.
A dry diaper pail can be either of two designs. The first one makes use of a hard pail that has a liner inside. The other is designed as a hanging pail, which is either just the liner minus the pail or a wet bag.
A dry pail is not really something dry per se. Remember that you’re still going to fill it with wet and soiled diapers. The "dry" part of the name refers to the fact that you’re not adding more water.
Just like in the other method, you can also add stain removers as well as odor eliminators.
Pros of Dry Pails
Cons of Dry Pails
Dry Pail Method Reminder
The dry pail method is more commonly used today. Using this method, the diapers are without the need for pre-soaking. The method also uses a waterproof bag made of laminate, PUL, or nylon. This bag is used as a lining the pail.
You can hang the bags on a door knob or alternatively setup a hook on the wall. This of course means you no longer need to use a pail for used diaper storage.
Note that this method will work for both front and top-loading washing machines. The contents of the bag can be easily dumped into any machine.
Remove any solid poop before putting the diapers in the bag. Note that no pre-rinsing is required. If you will be using a pail liner, get those with elastic at the top. The elastic acts as a type of seal on the top of the pail. This prevents the bag from slipping inside the diaper pail.
Best practice dictates that you use 2 pail liners. The used one (the one on top) will go in the wash along with all the diapers it contains. The other one will remain with the pail, and acts as your new lining.
Never machine dry nylon totes. However, PUL can be washed with your diapers. Never line your diaper pail with any type of woven material. They tend to absorb moisture and eventually they will retain smells.
Here’s how to use a Diaper Pail: