Do you have a second pail for liners?

Molly - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I am about to start my 6 month old on solids and heard that the poop will also change, requiring the use of cloth diaper "liners." I have a Dekor diaper pail that we use for the cloth diapers, but do I also need another pail now for the liners (and contents) and wipes?

It says on the package they are flushable, but we live in a building with old pipes and have already had problems in the past, so I don't want to flush them. We had been using cloth wipes also, but I may go back to disposable wipes if I'm also throwing liners away.

If you do have a second pail for liners, what kind of pail do you have? Does it keep the stink away? For how long?

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Gemma - posted on 09/14/2010

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I used cut up squares of fleece instead of disposable liners, for me they seemed to keep moisture away from babys skin better and kept diapers cleaner with less staining. I just shook the solid contents into the toilet and threw the whole lot into the pail. I also used cloth wipes, so everything went in the wash in 1 go. I did use 2 pails, but as i had 2 different sizes i used the larger 1 for wet diapers and the smaller 1 for dirty as i had less of these. Both pails were dry, i just added a few drops of tea tree oil to prevent odours. hope this helps.

Kimberly - posted on 09/14/2010

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I used the biodegradable rayon liners and haven't had any issues with flushing. My understanding is that the key is to let them soak in the toilet for a couple of minutes before flushing. What I've found is that liners don't stay in place once baby is active so there is still feces on the diaper itself. After battling with different techniques we've decided to spend the $50 on a sprayer that attaches to the toilet. Then there is still only one diaper pail and poop goes where it belongs.
As for the stink, the only thing I have found to keep it manageable other than washing the diapers every other day is to buy the big box of baking soda and keep it with your supplies for a dash for those extra full diapers a couple of times a day.

We trash our disposable wipes in the bathroom garbage (with a grocery sack lining it) and dispose of it every other day or so. However, I tend to use my cloth wipes for the poopy butt because I used fewer and they are way more affective in removing all debris.

Aicha - posted on 09/13/2010

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I just rinse the soiled diapers in the toleite before tossing into the diaper pail

Stephanie - posted on 09/13/2010

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I use gdiapers and put the poop in the toilet, rinse the cloth diaper and liner in toilet (really easy, use rubber gloves if grossed out), then into bucket. You can use a 5 gal. bucket w/lid to keep smell at bay, but i wash them everyday and rinse the bucket with bleach or alternative and spray with lisol. Works great, have been doing this for 13 months now. My advice for the old pipes is to use cloth diapers, they are super easy and good for the environment too. If you have more questions, feel free to send me a message!! Good luck!!

Sara - posted on 09/12/2010

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Liners are only good if you are easily grossed out about cleaning up BMs. I agree that a diaper sprayer is a great investment. Not really a needed item, but it makes it so easy. If you decide to use liners, there are raw silk liners that are reusable. What is great is that they are anti-bacterial! So they keep yeast infections and such at bay. You can buy them here:

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I have been cloth diapering for three years. I tried the liners once...I hate them and an added expense that is really not needed. Just use a diaper sprayer to get the poop off and then drop it in the pail. I do not recommend using disposable wipes because you will end up washing one and thus resulting in causing problems with your wipes.

My experience with liners was not very good. They shifted and then when they did poop some times it missed the liner. Or they would just pee and waste the liner. So I found it easier just not use them at all.

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Nope, I don't use a second pail. I just flip the poop into the toilet (I don't normally use liners) and toss everything into the wetbag we use for a pail.

Susan - posted on 09/09/2010

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a diaper sprayer saved all my problems. i was in the same boat. I keep a large juice container under the sink, so it makes transporting the diaper back to the room. Tea tree oil works well at controling the funk. The sprayers are a bit on the pricey side, but is a GREAT investment!

Mandy - posted on 09/08/2010

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I fill my pails with a sprinkle of neutral detergent (Earth Choice - phosphate and sulphate free) and a couple of drops of essential oil and some Tea Tree oil, I find the Tea Tree oil keeps the smell at bay :)

Jessica - posted on 09/07/2010

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i bought a meter of felt and cut it the same size as my paper liners and use that instead, works like a charm, doesnt stain and the edges never fraid, been using them for 3 months

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We didn't start cloth diapering until our daughter was a year old, so her poop was always very solid in the diapers. I bought liners, because someone had recommended them, but never even tried them. They were pretty rough and scratchy, especially compared to the soft diapers. We bought a diaper sprayer instead, and it's so easy to spray the diapers clean.

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I use cloth wipes as well. I tried the disposable liners, and when they were just peed on, I rinsed them in the sink, hung them to dry and reused til they got pooped on. For poop, I did flush them.
This is my routine- for poop, when I'm home, I rinse her off in the bathtub. Then I shake off what will come loose into the toilet, then I rinse the diaper & insert (we use pockets) ring it out, and then put it in the diaper pail with all the rest. I've got a couple of fleece liners that I've actually not used yet, but I would do those the same, shake, rinse, ring and in the pail.

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2010

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liners are by no means required once they start eating things other than breastmilk, you just have to rinse the solid waste into the toilet before tossing the diaper in to the pail. a diaper sprayer installed on the toilet will make this easier but honestly, i could live without it. its all about getting a technique down.

Tammy - posted on 09/02/2010

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I use the disposable liners for my son, which are really great for those number twos! What I do is I use a little mini plastic bag for nappies, which are readily available and pop the dirty liner and the disposable wipe (if I've used a disposable wipe) in there and then simply tie a knot and pop it in the rubbish bin. Then I just put his nappy in his nappy bin for wash day. I found that having a rubbish bin in his room was too smelly and seemed rather wasteful to line it with a rubbish bag only to empty it with just a few bags in it.- so I just use our regular bin as it gets emptied regularly. I line every nappy with a disposable liner and if it just wet, I wash it and end up getting a few uses out of it.

Meagan - posted on 09/02/2010

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I've been cloth diapering for a year and a half now and I still haven't figured this one out. We use cloth liners, just pieces of fleece that I cut up, but I really prefer disposable wipes. I have one of those fancy diaper pails from before I cloth diapered, I think the diaper champ. It doesn't work. Diaper Genies don't work either. They are made for trash that is bigger and wipes or liners just get stuck in them. What I've started doing is just using a regular trash can with grocery bags and throwing it out every 2 days or so. Not ideal, but it's what's working.

I wouldn't say that you need the liners for every day use, though. I mostly only use them when my daughter has a rash and needs diaper cream. I'd get a diaper sprayer instead. If you really want to use liners, then you should look into reusable ones, and then it won't be too much of a problem anyways.

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