What do you do with dirty diapers?

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What do you do with dirty diapers?

Hello! I'm new to this board and have just started CDing my almost 3 month old son. I have a question about how you ladies store your cloth diapers until you wash them. I have a plastic trash bin with a wet bag inside. Do y'all put any baking soda in the bottom for the stink or just store them in it without anything? My fear is the stink. How many days do you go in between washes? Also, what do you do with poopy diapers? Do you spray with a sprayer or dunk? Thanks for your help!

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Congrats on making the switch!

I have two wet bags that hang next to my change table. The diapers hang out in there until wash day. I don't mess with deodorizers. I just leave the bags open, which helps a lot actually. I wash every 3-4 days. There's a bit of a pee-odor by day 3 but it's not bad at all. We just started spraying her poopy diapers. She wasn't eating enough solids to need to spray them down until about a month ago. Her poos are smellier now too. Spraying helps immensely with the poo-odor.

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I just use a pail liner in a cheapo Walmart trash can. I close the lid during the day but leave it open at night. I didn't do anything with Aiden's poop diapers till he started eating more solids. Most of his poops roll right off into the toilet. Those that don't, I dunk and swish in the toilet. No smells or anything. I wash every 2-3 days. Sometimes 4 if I'm super busy. Bit of a pee smell by day 4. lol.

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We are still in the first month so we don't really have to wash the poop or anything plus BF poop isn't really stinky. She poops a lot though so I'm washing every 2 days. I have this to keep diapers in: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2373657 It just uses garbage bags.

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Thanks ladies for responding! I guess I'll just do what I've been doing: Throwing them in my trash can with a wet bag! Smile

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Rockin Green makes a pail freshener. I haven't tried it, but I love all their other stuff so I'm sure it's as good.

We put a wet bag in a cheap walmart trash can with a lid. I do dipes every other day. I do notice a smell when I put the next dipe in the bag, but not too bad. We have a sprayer made by Bum Genius that hooks onto the toilet water line (was very easy to install) and I use that to spray the poopy ones. I've also heard though that you can buy any sink sprayer and hook it up the same way if you have the skillz Smile

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We spray poop off and also use a wt bag in a cheap trash can. I do laundry every 2 days. With twins that's how quickly the bag fills up.. Smile

I actually just ordered some of Rockin green's deodorizer so that I would have enough for free shipping from Kelly's closet. I will let you all know how it works.

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We also just have a wetbag in a small trash can. I have a sprayer and we spray off poop, but we didn't start doing that until he was on solids. And I do diaper laundry every other day. We don't use any deodorizers or anything like that.

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I have a http://www.walmart.com/ip/Canopy-12-Liter-Oval-Step-Can-Stainless-Steel/15728015 one on each floor and I do not put anything in it. I wash every 3 days and rince out the plastic liner.

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I have 2 in cloth right now. 32 month old and a 2 week old.

I have aprox 35 newborn/small diapers, 20 med sized all kinds of WAHM types, and 18 onsized diapers in rotation (wondroo and mothertouch). I have 12 more med FB pockets that I will take out and put into the rotation when I put the smalls away.

When I have 2 in diapers (3rd time I am doing it) I have done it with a small stash and with this huge stash. I like to wash every 3 days so I find 60ish diapers is a good number to have. 20 clean, 20 in some stage of washing, 20 clean and ready to put on (already stuffed some live in the car at all times and used when we go out)

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The smell of the pail is what I hate. I do have a sensitive nose but sheesh!

We tried baling soda, no help. We currently have the Rocking Green stuff mentioned above and it's somewhat helpful. I may just have to do dispers every 2 days rather than 3 days.

Since DS#4 is eating solids we have to rinse. We use a sprayer and it is a welcomed gadget. When we dunked, we were there forever!

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I have a wetbag in a trash can with a step-open lid. It doesn't close tightly, which lets in just the right amount of air, I guess, because I've never noticed any problem with stink in her room (except when someone gets distracted and forgets a poop diaper sitting on top waiting to be dumped out...whoops). We just dump the solids out in the toilet, and if it's a REALLY BAD sticky messy one, we dunk it in the toilet to get as much off as possible--but that's fairly rare.

The wet bag goes in the washer with every load, so we never have any kind of smell buildup. I wash every 3 days.

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I have a goodmama zippered large wetbag downstairs, and another wetbag (open, not zippered) inside a pail upstairs. I like the zippered bag as we spend most of our time downstairs and it holds in any odor remarkably well, I never notice any smell. The open pail has a lid that sets lightly on it, not tightly, it is just in some cheap plastic kitchen trash type pail I picked up somewhere along the way. I have small goodmama wetbags for short trips. We don't use a sprayer, they skeeve me, as do pail fresheners or whatnot. I only wash every 4 days as I only have one in cloth at the moment, when I used to have two in cloth I washed every two days. We have a really good washer and dryer so they have made it easy on me, I have only had to strip my diapers once in 4 years of use! FTR, I can't rave enough about Goodmama gear, I have been using mine full time for 4 years and they have held up incredibly well!

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I have a wetbag in a trash can with a step-open lid. It doesn't close tightly, which lets in just the right amount of air, I guess, because I've never noticed any problem with stink in her room (except when someone gets distracted and forgets a poop diaper sitting on top waiting to be dumped out...whoops).

Haha, that happens here too. Smile

I think the key w/ the wet bag is that it has a breathable top - like a step can or something that's not sealed tight when it's closed. Because once you open something like that up all the smell has been closed up in there and it releases at once. I just have a mesh-type laundry bag inside a step trashcan. I usually go 3-4 days between washes and have no stink issues.
I just shake out any loose poop and if there is a significant amount left I'll use toilet paper but I don't sweat it if it doesn't all come off. I never ever dunk b/c that seems gross to me. Smile

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"tori729" wrote:

Haha, that happens here too. Smile

I think the key w/ the wet bag is that it has a breathable top - like a step can or something that's not sealed tight when it's closed. Because once you open something like that up all the smell has been closed up in there and it releases at once. I just have a mesh-type laundry bag inside a step trashcan. I usually go 3-4 days between washes and have no stink issues.
I just shake out any loose poop and if there is a significant amount left I'll use toilet paper but I don't sweat it if it doesn't all come off. I never ever dunk b/c that seems gross to me. Smile

Oh, dunking is horribly, horribly gross, and we almost never do it...but there have been maybe five or six horror show diapers in her whole life where neither shaking nor toilet paper was going to do ANYTHING. I'm fine with it not being spic and span when I throw it in the bin, but these were...special. I also notice that having super wet diapers (from dunking) makes the bin smell SO MUCH WORSE...makes me wonder about diaper sprayers. Doesn't it have the same smell-enhancing effect? Or maybe it doesn't make the diaper quite as sopping wet...don't know, just curious!

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"cactuswren" wrote:

I also notice that having super wet diapers (from dunking) makes the bin smell SO MUCH WORSE...makes me wonder about diaper sprayers. Doesn't it have the same smell-enhancing effect? Or maybe it doesn't make the diaper quite as sopping wet...don't know, just curious!

When I spray, I spray hardcore. I get it all and then roll up the diaper to ring out the excess water. This method requires a hand-washing afterwards but so far we haven't had stink issues. I'm not one to be easily skeeved so doing it doesn't bother me. Honestly, the butt wiping grosses me out more. Teagan is sooo squirmy. Hands everywhere!

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Erin, you'd love changing a lil boys diaper. Aiden loves playing with himself at diaper changes. Makes for a fun time when poop is involved. Wink

Like Erin, I ring out the diaper before putting it in my pail if I had to dunk and swish. Though recently since my last post on this thread DS has been saving up poop disasters where the best thing to do is just to put him (diaper, clothes and all) into the bathtub and shower it all off. They're just massive. I'm just grateful that I'm not using disposables because there's no way they'd hold half of what he puts out at once!

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Though recently since my last post on this thread DS has been saving up poop disasters where the best thing to do is just to put him (diaper, clothes and all) into the bathtub and shower it all off. They're just massive. I'm just grateful that I'm not using disposables because there's no way they'd hold half of what he puts out at once!

Hehe. That explains where all the food is going!

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Erin, you'd love changing a lil boys diaper. Aiden loves playing with himself at diaper changes. Makes for a fun time when poop is involved. Wink

Ronin does this too, and it's always on the big everywhere in the nappy poops not the smal contained ones. Thois morning was especially fun as he has decided to sneak the sand pit from daycare home slowly by eating it so I had a nice sandy poop to clean as well as keeping little hands out of the way.

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That's funny Wendy! The childcare I used to work at used to warn parents to not get too concerned if they found glitter in their child's poop. Lol

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Yeah I am not too concerned, however I have explained to Ronin I will not be washing that sand off for a home sandpit so he can stop smuggling it home. Glitter poop sounds like fun, that stuff never comes off once it's stuck on your body.

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"turtnjay" wrote:

The smell of the pail is what I hate. I do have a sensitive nose but sheesh!

We tried baling soda, no help. We currently have the Rocking Green stuff mentioned above and it's somewhat helpful. I may just have to do dispers every 2 days rather than 3 days.

Since DS#4 is eating solids we have to rinse. We use a sprayer and it is a welcomed gadget. When we dunked, we were there forever!

I'm having the same problem with the stink. Yeah, I have to hold my breath when I put them in the washer! Stinky!

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We have solved the squirmy/curious hands diaper change problem in our house by having three or four VERY INTERESTING items that we keep at hand to let Addy play with ONLY during diaper changes (for example, one is a long necklace wire with about fifty totally different charms and beads on it). This keeps her attention and her hands busy long enough pretty much all the time. If we don't do this...bad things happen.