June 27, 2009

Avoiding Smelly Diaper Pails

One of the fears with cloth diapers is the smell. After all, those disposables can always be dumped in the garage, but the cloth diapers have to sit in the diaper pail right there in the house until washing day! We battled it a bit early on, but learned a few ways to keep it in check.

1. Wash often. We wash at least every third day (every other day when we had two in diapers).

2. Use a diaper sprayer. While certainly not a necessity, I think it really helped. We also keep a separate Doorknob Diaper Pail in the bathroom so we’re not carrying dripping diapers back to the changing table. (I’ve found it’s best to line dry the diaper pail liners, too. Luckily, we have two we can rotate.)

3. Diaper pail deodorizer – We used Fluff Dust (California Fields, which smelled lovely!). When that ran out, I made my own using baking soda and a few drops of essential oils. Whenever we have a smelly diaper, we sprinkle a bit in the diaper pail after dropping in the diaper.

4. Speaking of essential oils, we sprinkle a few drops on the fabric swatch in the liners after every wash. My personal favorite is lavender.

5. Use Bac-Out, sparingly. If not rinsed out completely, it can cause serious irritation (trust me on this). I use two teaspoons (or less) in the rinse, wash once with detergent and again without detergent. Then I do a couple of extra rinses. (We have very hard water and a front-loader.) It’s miraculous in its ability to battle that diaper smell, though, so it’s worth it every once in a while.

With a little planning, we avoid a house of diaper smells just as well as (or better than) when we used disposables.

--Written by Kansas Mom


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