I'm new to CDing! I have a question about diaper pails! please help!

Jessica - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




We are using CDs this time around. The new baby is coming in July and I was wondering about diaper pails. I plan on washing every night, so I don't need a really large one. But what is the difference between a diaper pail and a garbage can with a lid? Do diaper pails really keep the odors contained? if I get one, should I get one with a carbon filter? I guess I'm having a hard time justifying spending 30-50 dollars on a diaper pail and then even more on liners. I need advice. Please tell me what you've done and what's worked and what hasn't.


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Elisa - posted on 05/13/2010




you know the big buckets of kitty litter with a snap on lid? yup, we use an old pillow case as a liner and that works just fine.

Sarah - posted on 05/13/2010




we always used a diaper pail with a lid. any lidded container should work, but ours had a step on lid opener that was handy with full hands. to give you an idea, i did a load of diapers and covers every day for about the first 6 months, and then stepped down to every other and then finally every 3 days, washing. i removed as much poop as i could into the toilet and put the diapers into the pail. i did not keep the pails full of water, as i have heard recommended. i just imagine such a stench! every couple loads or so, i'd clean the pails out with bleach and water. the dry method didn't produce much of a smell. when on the go, i always carried a gallon sized ziploc as a used diaper container. this also worked with my son's daycare. good for you for planning to cd!

Amy - posted on 05/13/2010




Hi, Just thought I'd add...We use a lidded 13 gallon trash can with a washable laundry bag as a liner. When it's time to wash we just pick up the bag and empty it into the washer, washing the bag as well. We also keep containers (chinese soup container) of white vinegar and one of baking soda with slits cut in the lids to cut down on odors in the bottom of the trash can. This is our 2nd in cloth diapers and it's worked pretty well for us. I only wash about once a week and the smell isn't bad. Good luck!

Nicola - posted on 05/12/2010




I just use some cleaned-out old buckets with lids and add a splash of white vinegar for the smell. I have two in diapers (22 months and 11 weeks) and wash every 2 or 3 days. Works well for me :-)

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I use a hanging wet bag. I got mine from Momsmilkboutique.com it is a leslies boutique wet bag, and I never have any problems with smells. I just keep it zipped and wash it with the diapers every few washes. and its super cute.

Sara - posted on 05/12/2010




i don't even use one with a lid. of couse my little one is almost 2 so we don't have many "dirty" ones and those get flushed and rinsed before they hit the pail. we sprinkle a little baking soda and they're good til they get washed, usually every other day!

M - posted on 05/11/2010




To answer your questions:
1. The two differences between a garbage can with a lid and a diaper pail are (1) the diaper pail is equipped with a slot for you to add a carbon filter (or something similar) to keep odors at bay and (2) the cost.

2. Diaper pails do keep odors contained because of the carbon filter. In my experience though, a garbage pail with a lid and a few drops of tea tree oil get you the same results.

3. If you do get one, you should get one with the carbon filter.

4. I did the diaper pail and returned it. I now use a garbage pail with a lid and it works fine. I sprinkle my diapers with a bit of baking soda (when I'm not feeling lazy) to keep odors at bay. I've also on occasion just used a wet bag with a zipper closure and its worked the same.

So with all that said.... I personally haven't seen much difference in odors between diaper pails, garbage pails with lids and zippered wet bags. It's more about personal preference. Like Stefie I'm pregnant as well and bending over to unzip a bag at 7 months can be a bit worrisome at times so I prefer my garbage pail.

Stefie - posted on 05/11/2010




For the first year or so of my daughter's life we used a wet bag I made out of PUL and a zipper. It contained the smell pretty well, and just got tossed in the machine with the diapers.
In the last few months I have gotten lazy and very pregnant, so we switched to a garbage can with a lid and liners of PUL with elastic around the top to keep them on the cans. We noticed more of a smell, but we keep an air freshener in the bathroom with the dirty diapers and it is fine. We also keep just an open box of baking soda in there.
We feel like the trash can with a reusable liner is nice so you don't have to bend down and unzip the thing. However, to keep smells down (like if you are keeping dirty diapers in nursery) and for travel a bag with a zipper is nice too.

Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2010




We don't use a diaper pail, but use a wet bag. Its just a fabric bag with a waterproof liner on the inside. Its wonderful! I have it hanging on the back of the bathroom door, and I *never notice odors from the diapers, and I only wash every other day. I bought a "large" bag and its perfect for the amount of diapers that we go through between washings. I think I paid around $20 for mine, its a PlanetWise.


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