Storing dirty nappies and having a stinky home is something that most parents who are considering cloth nappying are worried about.
However, those worries are about to vanish really quickly.
Stink-Free Ways to Store Dirty Nappies
1. Wet Bags
We’re big fans of the wet bags around these parts. Really, I don’t think anyone can have too many wet bags 😉
From having them handy around the house to always keeping several in the car, we’ve made sure that whenever we’ve got something soiled or wet to tote home, we’ve got a wet bag for it to travel in.
Wet bags are portable, easy to carry, leak resistant and made of special waterproof fabric called polyurethane laminate (PUL) and as such, are useful for a variety of purposes that require keeping something wet away from something dry (or vice versa!).
Larger sized options, like our Beach Bag, are great for storing your nappies in the laundry or on the change table, until you’ve got enough for a load.
2. Wet Nappy Pails (kind of!)
The jury is still out about the benefits of wet versus dry pailing your nappies, but we’ve found wet pailing can be good option to help lift tough stains.
Historically, wet pailing was a lidded bucket with a handle for easy carrying and half filled with water. As you do with a wet bag, you simply toss the nappies in there until you’re ready to wash them.
However, there are a number of disadvantages to this method, including that it’s not very portable, you have to transfer sopping nappies to the machine (messy and gross!) and it can be a hazard for curious toddlers.
So instead of using a pail, we recommend simply tossing your nappies into the machine in the evening, running the water and then pausing the machine until the next morning or even just for a few hours.
While it isn’t recommended to soak your cloth nappies in anything fancy, just leaving them overnight (or for a few hours) to soak in water can really help to lift stains and smells, before popping them through a rinse then a wash.
3. Dry Nappy Pails
A dry nappy pail is a covered pail, like the historical wet nappy pail, minus the water.
It is recommended to give your nappies a quick rinse under the laundry tap before storing them in a dry bucket, as this helps to minimise staining and cut down on smell. It is also a really important step towards preventing fabric deterioration.
A few drops of essential oil on the lid of the bucket can really help with the smell as well.
In all cases –wet bag, wet pail, dry pail, make sure you shake/scrape any solid waste into the toilet and then toss the nappy into your preferred storage system.
Now over to you: what’s YOUR favourite, smell-free way of storing soiled nappies?