Dirty Diapers

By Jennifer Brock

Everyone always finds ways to show off their nicely folded and organized clean fluff; yet when it comes to the dirty diapers no one really wants to talk about them, understandably so. Let’s go over the basics of dirty diaper storage from bum, to basket, to washer.

 What do I do after I take the diaper off?

EBF poop is water-soluble. This means that it breaks down in water and will rinse off in the washer, not causing any problems. Once you introduce solids you should immediately begin rinsing, spraying, or scraping off any stool from your diapers. Formula stool should also be rinsed, sprayed, or scraped. However, many choose not to and have no problems. If you choose not to rinse, do so with caution. Urine doesn’t need to be rinsed off before you start your washing routine.  If you prefer, take out the insert (if using a pocket) now, so you don’t have to do so before you wash.

Where do I put the diaper?

Wet bags or pail liners are the most popular storage devices. Wet bags come in many different sizes and hanging options. Pail liners are the perfect size to use like a trash bag in a trash can (or similar sized container.) It can even be used without a pail.

What if I don’t have money for a wet bag/pail liner?

That’s okay! While many choose to use PUL-lined wet bags and pail liners, there are other options! Laundry baskets are a great choice, especially the ones with holes all around them. They allow for excellent airflow. Some people also use grocery bags, which aren’t the most eco-friendly option, but they surely get the job done.

How do I keep the smell down?

Airflow! Leaving a pail open is a great option, but when you can’t (dogs, flies, nosy kids) you can still find ways to promote good airflow with a closed lid. Consider a wicker hamper or plastic hamper with holes in it, or using a hanging wetbag instead of a pail at all.

Where do I store my wetbag or pail?

The best place to store your dirty diapers is going to be where you get the most airflow, along with the driest room. Humidity and closed-off space can contain or worsen smells and possibly cause mold. You also want to make sure you keep it out of reach of small children and pets.

What about wet pails?

Using wet pails is a very dated practice, and a big no-no to the modern day diaper. Soaking your diapers causes unnecessary wear on the fabrics and elastics. Diapers aren’t meant to soak so often, especially in any “wet pail recipe”. Wet pails are also a cesspool of bacteria. They allows for bacteria to seep out and move around the water, mixing with other bacteria and feeding, icky to say the least. Lastly, wet pails are a huge safety hazard to children, pets, and even yourself. We NEVER recommend wet pails.

When do I wash my dirty diaper storage?

If you use a wet bag or a pail liner you should be washing it with every diaper wash load. However often you wash diapers, you need to be washing them.  If you use a laundry basket, you should wipe it clean every wash as well. Lysol wipes make a great tool for this step.


You can purchase wet bags and pail liners from Lovely Pocket Diapers.