How do you control the BAD smells from the diaper pail? Please help!

Diana - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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How do you control the horrific smells of the diaper pail? We've gone through three: the 1st one just sucked, the 2nd one my husband broke the fan/filter when cleaning it, and the 3rd/one that we're on (Diaper Dekor Plus) is getting bad. Please help!

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Erin - posted on 04/08/2010

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I've never had odour problems with my Diaper Genie, we've used the same one for over 2 years and are about to add baby number 2 to it with no need to replace it. The bags are a little pricey but you get what you pay for.

User - posted on 04/07/2010

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Good luck...I just ended up sticking mine out in the garage and empty it on trash day. I had used bleach, disinfects, deodorizer, you name it...this seems to be working the best. I did always wonder how people can harmoniously live with their pail in the house.

Tam - posted on 02/18/2012

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We live in a subdivision, and have a garage. Our method is to collect the grocery bags (We get plastic, since we use them for cleaning up doggy messes too) and putting the soiled diapers in there, twisting it around to enclose the diaper, then folding the rest of the bag back over and tying it off really tight. It effectively double-bags it using only one bag. Then we put it in a plastic trash can with a lid out in the garage and once that bag is full, we tie THAT off nice and tight.



We're lucky in that our trash goes out twice a week. But there is virtually no smell, unless you stick your head right in the trash can.

September - posted on 04/08/2010

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We use the diaper genie 2 and ours never smells. We empty it at least 3 times a week which I think helps. Maybe you need a different kind.

Joanna - posted on 04/08/2010

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I had kind of a cheap one we got from Babie's R us. It had a deoderizer chip thing in the top that helped smells. I also put a laundry dryer sheet in the bottom of the pail. But I also used those poop bags (like the ones you use for dog poop... they make them for baby poop). So the poop smell never was a problem, it was only the pee smell. I just changed the bag twice a week and had no stinky problems!

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Jamie - posted on 02/18/2012

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I find this game a losing battle for me. I have had diaper genie, diaper genie 2, blah, blah, blah, with the expensive bags...the ones that smell, the ones that have 'odor block' which I am guessing it is blocking the good odor it does nothing for the bad odor which was why it was bought. Does anyone know of a different way than having to place outside? This idea doesn't work because we have animals and the last thing I want to do, even though there wouldn't be a smell inside my house, is clean up a bunch of nasty diapers outside. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa - posted on 04/08/2010

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Put baking soda in the garbage bag, helps for us, doesn't eliminate the odor, but it does control it.

J - posted on 04/08/2010

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I have a diaper genie elite and while it contains the smell when you open it to empty it it can stink pretty bad. I wipe it inside with clorox wipes and spray with lysol, lysol takes away the smell and prevents bacteria and germs

Jen - posted on 04/08/2010

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we have a normal bin n just keep it form smelling by piling it with old perfume

Rosie - posted on 04/08/2010

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nothing works. diaper pails are comparable to yourself pooping in a pail till it's full and then wondering why it smells? do the cheap easy thing and throw it in the garbage. diaper genies are disgusting, when it's full you end up with a 100 lb nasty stinky sausage tube. don't spend the money or the time with a dia[er pail.

Mellissa - posted on 04/08/2010

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I put some scoopable cat litter that is for multiple cats in an old sock and tie it off. Then I secure it to the lid of the diaper pail. This seems to help along with regular cleanings.

Dolores - posted on 04/08/2010

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Baking soda helps. Just like putting it in the refrigerators. Soaks up the odor.

Angel - posted on 04/08/2010

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I got one of those diaper genies for a baby shower gift and I love it, I haven't had one problem or nasty smell out of it yet. I'm not sure if its because it's still fairly new or not but might be something for you to try.

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2010

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I used diaper disposal bags (kinda like doggie ppop bags); wrap 'em up in them, then into the diaper pail. also, in the summer I used cat litter box deodorizer (yep..Tidy Cats to the rescue); just sprinkel a little in the bottom, then sprinkle a little more when it starts to fill up. When cleaning pail, I always rinsed out w/bleach..kills germs and odors. I guess Lysol would do the same thing. The scented trash bags might help, too.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/08/2010

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Well, easy fix...for the poopy diapers, just flush them and put the dirty diaper in the pail. That helped us alot...just doesn't work for the infant poop becouse it is like pudding. Good luck.

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White Vinegar & water --1 Part vin -- 2 parts water. I used to mix it up in a spray bottle & spray in pail twice a day.

Christina - posted on 04/07/2010

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I just use a regular trash can with a regular trash bag....place the dirty diaper in a plastic grocery bag if you want....and leave the trash can outside! That's the ONLY way I have found to COMPLETELY keep the smell out of our house. And we live in the country with few neighbors so it's not like we are in town making everyone around us smell it. Even sitting right beside it outside you can't really smell it that much. Much cheaper than buying those diaper jeanies and what not. Hope this helps! :o)

Cecilia - posted on 04/07/2010

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Lysol and Febreze work for a while but now my son is 2 and it's starting to get worse, just throw them in the regular trashcan, empty them out quick.

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2010

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I add baking soda to the bottom of the pail about half a cup and then i sprinkle some in the bag everyday.

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