How to Store Dirty Cloth Diapers

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There are a few different options you may choose when it comes to storing your dirty cloth diapers.

Wetbag:

Choosing a wetbag is almost as hard as choosing a cloth diaper.  There are so many brands, patterns and prints.  Do you want cute? Do you want cheap? Do you want stylish? Do you want leak/smell proof?

I have tried many brands over the years and here are the ones that have made it to the top of the list-

  • Monkey Foot Designs.  These bags are the most solid and have the best prints! I wish I could say I have spoken with the WAHM behind this company but I haven’t. Which is strange. Maybe she’s just too busy making awesome bags! This brand (and the next) are the only ones that don’t leak odor. I have extensively used Monkey Foot Designs through many months and many washings/dryings.  Still it holds up in color and function.
  • Weehuggers Hobo Laundry Bag.  I love the hobo design.  It’s different than other brands and I love my Jungle Jam print.  I’m able to store quite a few diapers in the roomy bag making it perfect for long stretches b/w washes or traveling. Weehuggers has a “wee-be-gone” patch inside the bags.  This patch is designed to remove the compound Trimethylamine-an ammonia-like gas present in soiled diapers.  As far as the efficacy of this patch, I haven’t done a thorough comparison but it’s a nice perk.
  • Leslie’s Boutique. I love the versatility of the wet/dry bags.  I often grab it when I travel so that I can store the clean diapers in the same bag as the dirty ones.  I don’t carry a diaper bag so this allows me to keep everything together.  I also used my Leslie’s Boutique wet/dry bag at the beach.  We’d store camera’s and phones in the waterproof part and snacks and other things in the outside pocket.
  • Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Diaper Bag I haven’t tried this one but I had to add it because I just keep coming back to it. I’ll try it soon ;) Maybe when the new baby arrives!
  • and I have to add these next 2 because it seems like everyone recommends them…is it because they are widely available and been around the longest? Most moms I talk to who “just” cloth diaper (you know, the ones who see cloth diapers as just diapers and don’t spend time online looking at and reading about them ;) Maybe someday I’ll grow up and be like them) use a Bummis Organic Wet Bag or a Wahmies bag.

Pail w/ liner:

Before my trash can died this was the best system.  I’d line the pail with a Kissa’s Antibacterial Pail Linerand toss the diapers in.  Then when it was full I’d dump the contents into the washer.  I found that dumping the diapers while the liner is still on the can is much easier than dumping them directly from the bag.  The diapers end up getting caught in the tightened elastic hole when I do the latter….and when you’re trying to hold your breath because you refuse to smell anything, a traffic jam in the liner is no fun :)
I haven’t tried Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner but besides Kissa’s and Wahmies it is the next most popular liner used.

Liner:

I’ve opted for this option many times.  Sometimes (camping, traveling, all your wet bags are dirty…) having a simple drawstring bag is the best way to go. Here are some  options for you to choose from:

Did I list your system? Let me know if you have a brand you love and that works great!


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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. Autumn enjoys writing but would choose camping with her family any day!

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67 Responses to “How to Store Dirty Cloth Diapers”

  1. angie Says:

    what about for hand washing? I don’t have a washer/dryer and am trying to figure out the best way to store my blanket flats/covers for at least a day. I do have a FB hanging wet bag. I live in a small apartment and having a 5 gallon bucket just lying around isn’t the best option for me. I have a spot in the bathroom I *could* put it in. But is that worth it? or should I just hand wash one at a time. Help!

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  2. Allison Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    Based on your recommendations, I bought a Monkey Foot wetbag and a Kissa’s antibacterial liner. I love the wetbag and have since bought a second. They have held up very well to daily use and to being washed at least once a week. I’ve never had any issues with smell and our sitter loves them too.
    I’m having issues however with the pail liner. Size and function are perfect but after about a month or two of use it started to have a little bit of a stink. Do you know if it would be safe to try washing it with some bleach? Any other ideas?
    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      The liner itself stinks? I don’t have a problem using a bit of bleach now and then but for those that do I suggest sunning or TTO.

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      • Brandy Says:

        I am having a horrible stink problem with the kissa’s liner as well. I’ve already washed it TWICE today and it STILL reeks. My diapers on the other hand, came out of the wash the fist time and smell fine. I just started CDing, so it’s still pretty new… how do I fix it?

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          that is very perplexing! turn it inside out and lay it in the sun. see if that helps kill whatever is stinking. mine has never smelled so i’m at a loss :(

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          • Allison Says:

            It seems like it is the outside of my bag that smells! I did a wash with Tide and that seemed to help. If the sun ever returns to MI, I’ll try that too. Thanks.

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  3. Jessica Says:

    Do you know how long the Kissa’s antibacterial liner will contain the smells? I have been using 2 in rotation for 3 1/2 months now but recently my diaper pail really, really stinks!
    I wash every other day but my diapers have been smelling really bad after only one day. I use the liner in a wicker laundry basket with lid to allow for air circulation and recently I’ve tried keeping the lid off. The smell permeates the nursery and I’ve had to move the pail to the bathroom b/c it smells so bad. I only put wet diapers in the pail (I use a wetbag for poopy ones). The diapers don’t smell bad coming out of the wash or after my son pees in them. It happens about a day after they have sat in the pail–then the smell just grows! I’ve tried thoroughly rinsing my diapers in really hot water to get rid of any ammonia that may be causing a problem but I’m not convinced that’s it.
    I haven’t had this problem until recently so that’s why I was wondering if the anti-bacterial properties of the bag wear out after a few months or if I am just having another issue.
    BTW, do you like using a wetbag better than a pail? I am thinking of switching to that if I can’t get this resolved.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      What detergent are you using? Sometimes when I use natural detergents over time a smell will come out. This is usually b/c the detergents don’t contain saponins. If I do a wash with Tide or some other soap laden detergent I notice a big difference. If you are already using a good, deep cleaning detergent then you might try sunning them or a little bleach to see if that kills whatever may be lurking.

      I use a Planet Wise hanging wet bag unzipped that I got at my baby shower. Works great.

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      • Jessica Says:

        I am using RNG detergent–that’s all I’ve used since the beginning. I did try the Tide, and it doesn’t seem to have helped. I bleached all of my BG elementals. The only other diaper I have is SBabyish Fitteds which I didn’t bleach. I am going to use the Tide again today and see if another wash in it takes care of the problem. I have had ammonia problems before, but this really is a different smell. I wonder if they are just not getting as clean anymore since he is bigger now and has more pee and poo.

        Have you ever tried Thirsties Pre-wash? I am wondering if that might help get out the junk before the regular wash. (I do use a diaper sprayer on the poo diapers). I am also thinking about using Bac-out. Wondering if my problems are stemming from left over pee/poo. Any thoughts on either of those ideas?

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  4. Raychel Says:

    I had been needing a travel wet-bag and after reading this post I drove almost 3 1/2 hours to the nearest store and purchased a planet wise med. wet bag and a Fuzzi bunz hanging wet bag for an extra. I have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE that planet wise bag. It never smells in my diaper bag even if the diaper is especially yucky. And the med. is big enough to hold diapers for my twins even if we go on a somewhat long trip. I also love the dry pocket for storage. I put my wipes and booty luster in there. (Love that stuff!) I don’t have to dig through the diaper bag looking for my wipes. I’m not as happy with the fuzzi bunz bag. I like my bummis fabulous wet bag (large) for the house better. It’s huge and never smells. The Fuzzi doesn’t close and the kids bathroom isn’t so nice on the days that I use it. I can skip a day washing with the Bummis but if I skip a day with the Fuzzi bunz bag it is just nasty.

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  5. Valinda Says:

    People have just been giving me random stuff that they don’t want anymore and one of the things I got was a diaper disposal thing where it wraps each dirty diaper in a separate plastic bag to help the smell. Obviously this system is technically for disposable diapers. Does anyone see any problems with using this with cloth diapering? From what I’m reading, it’s better because of the ammonia smell not to keep the dirty diapers in a closed space…

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    • Raychel Says:

      those systems are not even good for disposable diapers. They are really nasty to empty and I can’t imagine it would be better with cloth. And they aren’t even remotely green. I wouldn’t recommend them even if your using sposies (and I am an x sposie user who used and HATED those systems).

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  6. Sweetheart diapers Says:

    Bum Genius makes a spray that you can spray on to your dirty diapers and it has microbes to help break down scents and stains, and Rockin Green has a shaker so that you can put some scent power in the diaper pail. That will keep all the scents away.

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  7. Stephanie Says:

    I know this is a strange question, but I’ll shoot it at you anyway. I’ve been reading your site for months, and absorbed everything I can. I more or less am looking for a bit of personal advice :)

    I’m a mom to be, who is also partner of an accounting firm. Lucky for me it’s a small business and I get a LOT of pull. So I will be working in my upstairs office, fully equipped with crib, diaper pail, etc. HOWEVER, what I don’t have immediate access to is a bathroom. There is one downstairs, but it is in the client waiting area where I cannot afford/get away with slipping freshly soiled diapers.

    I know for the first 6 months-ish this will not matter, because I’m just going to pail/wet bag any dirty diapers immediately. But when they get on solid foods, what do you recommend? I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the problem, but I’m having difficulty. I’d deal with dunking/spraying if I COULD. But during the day at work I just can’t. Not because I don’t have the time, but because I’d be directly exposing clients to the stench.

    PS My mother is our office manager (convenient) and will be helping out with baby-care when I have to meet with clients :) So for all the skeptics, she’s got me covered! LOL

    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Just place them in a separate bag and spray them when you get home.

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      • Stephanie Says:

        That’s really easy… thanks!!! I guess I thought it had to be done immediately or not at all! Silly me >.<

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        • Raychel Says:

          Stephanie I think it’s awesome you will be taking your baby to work. I have twin boys and switch out taking them to work with me too. I highly recommend a Moby wrap (or something like it). My babies nap right on my chest and both my hands are free to work. And you will have a much happier baby if she/he is right next to you versus across the room in a crib/swing. Good luck!

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  8. Heather Says:

    I am using a cheap trash can with a pop open lid from Target. No liner. I spray it with Lysol after emptying my diapers into the washer.. I prob. should be washing it out.. but I’m lazy. Does anyone foresee any probs. with this method?

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  9. Jennifer Says:

    I LOVE my Itzy Ritzy Wet Happened Wet Bag! There’s a rumor that they are coming up with a pail liner. I’ll be the first in line to get one! There is absolutely no odor, no wetness on the outside of the bag…it’s actually such a good bag that I forget I have a dirty diaper in it, not so great three days later. =)

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  10. Sara R. Says:

    I use prefolds and covers. I dump the pop in the toilet and rinse each diaper real good in cold water. then I store them in a bucket with no lid of liner. I wash everyday or every other day and have good luck with that. I hang the covers on side unless they a dirty then I rinse them too! I use kushies wet bags on the road.

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  11. Tessa Says:

    I had made a wet bag from 2 mil PUL from Hancock Fabrics and some cheap Flannel from Wal Mart that I had left over and it worked fine. The only reason I quit using it is because I did not make it large enough. Now I use a cheap &10.00 diaper pail and regular 13g. trash bags. After about two-three days I do have a strong urine or poop odor but I put the dipes in the wash as quickly as I can and close the lid. Now that I read this I may make or buy a pail liner to save money on trash bags.
    Question. I keep seeing comments about striping you diapers with Dawn or Vinegar. The only thing is I never see how much to us, how often or even how to do it. Sorry but I am one that needs step by step directions.
    (ex. Step 1- put the diapers in the wash. Step 2- grab your detergent. Etc……..)
    LOL ok,,, maybe not that detailed but you get the picture.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      vinegar: only use in regular or soft water. add a cup to your rinse.
      dawn: not a fan of dawn because of the massive rinsing it takes to get it out of diapers. it is the best option though if you have repelling microfleece. a squirt or 2 will do.

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  12. Jim O Says:

    Hi Sara,
    Thanks for the comments. The insights are much appreciated. As we are just getting started our ability to learn from everyones experiences are much appreciated. My concern was about the smell eventually building up and not coming out after washing. That and not burning my nose hair off!!
    It seems like with rinsing I can control things a bit, and that thus really is not a long term concern.

    Thanks Autum, Thanks Sara

    Jim and Marissa and baby Dylan

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  13. Jim O Says:

    Hi All,
    We started using the 26 bumgenius 4.0’s we got our little guy last week. He was finally big enough to start using them after being born 4 weeks early.

    In the past few days we’ve done a diaper wash just about every day and a half. I have a few questions, some related to this thread. I’m hoping to reduce or eliminate the pee/ ammonia smell as i load the washer. Should we be rinsing every diaper as we change him? So far we have only been spraying off the poopie diapers. Do people pull the inserts out after changing, or spraying, or as you load diapers into the wash. We’ve been pulling them as we load the washer. We store the diapers in an open top pail, but had been considering going to a closed pail. We’re not having odor issues with storage, just when we go to load the washer? Wondering if this is normal and we just need to get used to it.

    Thanks,

    Jim

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      That is interesting. What type of detergent are you using?

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      • Jim O Says:

        Hi Autumn,
        We’re using the bumGenuis detergent. I’m not sure by your question if I was clear…

        When the diapers come out of the wash they are nice and clean, no odor issues. It’s when I’m pulling the inserts out of the diapers to load of the washer that the ammonia smell really hits. It’s the diapers that smell; not the washer. Sorry if my message was confused.

        Thanks,

        Jim O

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          You weren’t confusing. It’s interesting that already you are having issues. Usually it takes a while for problems to surface (not that they necessarily have to ;) ). It sounds as if you haven’t washed them too many times so having buildup is discouraging. Are you storing the diapers in a closed container/bag? Try letting air circulate through by leaving the zipper open or pail lid off. See if this helps. Also if the diapers are just peed rinsing the inserts in the sink will get rid the urea. It’s an extra step but Adrian of Cutiepoops diapers says this is the only thing that got rid of her smell.

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          • Sara Says:

            I’m not sure why so many people think it’s bad to have ammonia smell after the diaper has been peed in. It’s pee…it’s going to smell after a day or two. Our diapers always reek as we put them into the washing machine, but they always come out smelling good as new. They don’t start to smell until they have been in the diaper pail for a while. Anyway, my opinion is just get use to it. It’s only for a few minutes right before you launder anyway. We have the same launder process as you Jim and have not had major issues in over 2 years, other than the norm of having to strip the diapers every few months.

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  14. Shawnda Mills Says:

    Hey Autumn! I am very new to cloth diapering, in fact I havent even started seeing as my baby is still in utero. I was wondering what you would recommend more between the Flips system and the new SoftBums system? I keep going back and forth and I am driving my husband crazy :) Thanks

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  15. tiffany Says:

    I have monkey foot designs, itzzy ritzy and planet wise. i have had great success with monkey foot designs and itzzy ritzy but my planet wise bag has never really held the smell in from the beginning.

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  16. yani Says:

    hi Autumn,
    Have you used or are you using training pants for your children?. I am looking for recommendations.

    thankyou

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  17. Valerie Says:

    LoveMyCloth- I keep a small Motherease wet bag in my purse for when we go out and I think it’s great!
    I don’t use a liner or wet bag at home – just a old fashioned diaper pail I picked up at Sears (basically a pail with a lid). I never thought to- am I missing something? Is it really worth it?

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  18. Jennifer P Says:

    I’ve read so much about storing dirty diapers and wonder if I am doing something wrong. I use bumgenius 3.0 pockets. I pull out the wet inserts, toss them in a lidless garbage can and lay the pockets on the rim of the can. I have main floor laundry and wash every other day. So far no problems in 6 months of cloth diapering. Any tips?

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    • Sara Says:

      I have the same diapers…maybe I’m lazy, but I don’t separate anything until I wash them. They go from baby to trash can lined with a bag, unless they are dirty in which case I spray them in the toilet first. Every three days or so I take them out and pull the liner out as I drop them in the washing machine. This works great for me and then I don’t see or smell the diapers until I wash them. (my trash can has a lid)

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  19. LoveMyCloth Says:

    Has anybody tried a Mother-ease wetbag? I didn’t see it mentioned so I’d like to know what experiences others have had with them. I know I like their diapers but haven’t tried many of their accessories.

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  20. Sarah Says:

    I use a cheap flip top laundry hamper from IKEA. I had a PlanetWise hanging bag but after having my second son, it was not large enough to handle diapers from two kiddos. I just toss my prefolds in the hamper and get thrown in the washer on laundry day. I place the diaper pail outside to air out.
    I had some stink issues until I started using BioKleen Bac-Out. It is awesome. I mix it with water 1:1 and put it in a squeeze bottle. Everyday, I squeeze a little of it on top of the diapers. no more stink!

    Alexis- I had a PlanetWise too and it lasted about a year. It still works but it is not leakproof anymore :(

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  21. Alli Says:

    I use a WAHMies wetbag (3, actually) and a Swaddlebees Pail Liner and I love them both. I use the liner “inside out” so that the PUL is on the inside of the pail, and that really cuts down on odor and the yuckiness factor. I really like the drawstring on the liner, and I love the zipper on the wetbag. The only thing that I find I don’t like (it’s really minor) is that the inside PUL of the wetbag turns inside out in the washer. Like I said, it’s really minor!

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  22. Emily Says:

    Oh, and I’m glad to see here that folks have had success in making their own bags. Our system right now (a Rubbermaid in one of our bathroom drawers that I air out and clean about once a week) is working well, but I may make my own bag at some point.

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  23. Emily Says:

    I bought one of the Fuzzi Bunz hanging diaper pails because I had read good things about it. However, I think the gal at the site I read about them has an older model. I do NOT recommend ordering the one linked to here on Amazon (though they did return the one I bought without issue). I had the following problems with it.

    1) It has a zippered bottom and leaks all over the place if you have any liquid that comes out of your diaper while in the bag (aka poop mixed with clean toilet water from pre-spraying the diapers with a diaper sprayer).

    2) After only a handful of washes (according to the instructions) and then air drying it outside since it was summer time here in Oregon and warm enough to do so, the plastic-y layer was already ripping in multiple places.

    I do have a Fuzzi Bunz travel bag that is very similar but have not had the same problems, though I don’t spray or rinse dirty diapers while on the go so there isn’t any liquid that could leak out.

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  24. Alexis Says:

    I use planet wise bags, but recently mind have started leaking and have stopped holding in the smell. I go into my daughter’s room and all I can smell is stale poop and pee. The bags are almost two years old, so I guess they have reached the end of their shelf life. Anybody else find that these bags need to be retired after a while?

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  25. Tanya Says:

    I use to use just a hanging wetbag until I ran into mildew issues :( …so now I use them only for travel and instead I use a planet wise pail liner in a cheap trash can with NO lid…that way air can circulate around it and I dump to poop so there is no stink issues. That I wash every morning– I have 2 in diapers so it works and I never have them piling up–besides what is really so hard about dumping into an empty washing machine each morning? ;)

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  26. Carisa Says:

    I built a diaper storage system out of those Itzo organizers and a set of wire cube cubbies . I just put an extra large Bummies bag in the bottom cubby in an open Itzo pail. (I bought the lid and never used it.) The upstairs bag gets a little smelly on really hot Florida days if I don’t leave the fan on, but otherwise I’m happy with it.

    The bags hold on to the smell if I don’t throw them in the dryer inside out , though .

    For day trips, I use a Cottonbabies traveling bag. It is ok, but if I leave it zipped inside the diaper bag too long , it feels a little clammy and my diaper bag gets that “cheesey” smell . But the opening on those cute zipper bags seems so small … how do you shove 3-6 diapers in there ?

    (And how do you talk your husband into dropping 20+ bucks on something so small and designed to hold poop?)

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  27. Joy Yoder Says:

    Our RagaBabe wet bags and laundry bags are being sewn as we speak! Can’t wait for you to try them once we get some in stock. Both have a zippered front and a waterproof back pocket for extra storage, which is nice especially for our hanging laundry bags because you don’t have to unzip the bag if you just have a couple wipes or cloth napkins that need to go in. I’ll be sending you one soon!

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  28. Salena Says:

    I have 3 Planet Wise wetbags and I like them well enough. The small one I use in the diaper bag is still in perfect condition but the hanging wetbag for the nursery is starting to get cracks in the interior lining (at the top, so it doesn’t bother me yet). I should also mention that this bag has been in constant use for the past 4 months. When the zippers of the Planet Wise bags are closed, there is very little smell; I’ve never experienced a leak. Laundering is easy as I just turn the bags upside down, shake out the contents and drop the bag into the washer (hang dry). I also have a Bummis waterproof bag but if I ever bought another one, it would only be a super-emergency bag. I’ve had this one for roughly 2 months and only use it for day care, but the waterproof interior lining is almost gone already so now I’m using it to transport clothes Little Man has outgrown to the Salvation Army.

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  29. Jamie O'Hare Says:

    I was using a diaper pail from the store with cat box charcoal odor filters in the deodorizer compartment. It was fine. A few weeks ago I read about using an open pail to cut down on the development of ammonia. So I now put the diapers in the same pail without a lid in the basement. I can’t smell it when I’m down there, plus having the diaper pail down there makes it easier to keep the laundry running since I see the washer and dryer at least every 2 hours. I have 3 kids including one serious bedwetter, so we have a LOT of laundry! The only thing I had to work out was what to do with very wet diapers that I had dunked to get the poo off. I put them in a dirty towel or in a washcloth and take them downstairs to their proper bins.

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  30. Sarah Says:

    I have two Planet Wise wet bags. One is the medium wet/dry bag. This is perfect for on the go, it holds 5-6 diapers and what ever else I may need. I am impressed with the stink control. I must admit to forgetting a soiled diaper inside once or twice and when I found it the next day there was no smell when the bag was zipped. I also have the XL hanging bag that I use instead of a pail. It hangs in the hall way and you would not even know that there were soiled diapers inside. It holds 20-24 diapers just like the product description says. The only problem I have had is when I do not wring a rinsed diaper out all the way. The bottom of the bag gets damp or in one case it dripped. But since then I have made sure to squeeze the diapers out and I have had no problems. I love these bags and will buy more.
    Keep up the great work Autumn.

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  31. Liz St. Says:

    I really love the WetHappened Wet Bags (I think they are made by Itzy Ritzy now)…I think I have 3 of those. A zipper is a MUST for a wetbag, dont bother getting a drawstring! I have a small Leslies wetbag (and Im so bummed because I cant find it anymore :( it was my “hybrid” wetbag because it was so small and fit a couple of soakers and an extra shell perfectly!)

    The Planetwise Hanging wet/dry bag is a MUST with the next baby, Autumn! I wish I bought mine sooner but finally broke down and ordered one when we were going to be on vacation for 3 weeks and didnt want to bother with a pail and liner. It is awesome! Now that DD is upstairs in her own room, we have the pail in her bathroom and we keep the hanging wetbag in ours next to the diaper sprayer.

    I have 1 Gro Via pail liner but honestly the only reason why I have it is my local baby store carries them and I used a coupon on it! My favorite is the Bummis XL bag. I have been using it for almost two years and it has held up great!

    Oh, and I broke down this summer and bought some Rockin Green Shake it Up! Pail deordorizer. (Once again, I didnt want to gross out the people we were staying with) A little goes a long way and if you love Rockin Green, your diaper pail has the awesome smell of Rockin Green!

    Sorry for the novel!

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  32. Natalie Says:

    I have a diaper pail that I ordered from Cotton Babies and I use the planet wise diaper pail liner. I really like the liner. I brought it with us when we went to the beach for a week and I never smelled our diapers between washes. I picked this diaper pail because I had visions of my baby knocking the pail over and getting into her smelly diapers, so the lid that locks down seemed like a good solution. Other than that, I don’t think the pail is all that special.

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  33. MonicaYB Says:

    I actually just use a pail (trash can with a lid) , by itself, with no liner or bag or anything else. Not that I didn’t want to use a bag/liner, but I just never bought one, and I figured it was working out just fine without it, so why bother? Now, mind you, I have never had to deal with really stinky poopy diapers (just EBF ones), since we’ve been ECing since 4 months, and didn’t even start solids until 8 months. So all of our poops went in the potty (which I am EVER so grateful for!). But, I imagine “my system” could work just fine if anyone needed it to, or just never got around to buying a liner or wetbag. :)

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  34. Marilyn Says:

    I have two Whamies that I rotate, and they have been great. I was hoping by your title, though, that you would tell me how I can keep my prefolds from REEKING of ammonia by the time they go into the wash.

    (And now for my, ahem, high-jack, if I may…) They don’t stink when I change DS. I literally wash every other night, but when I dump them into the washer – WWOOOOOOAAAAAHHH, Nellie!! Also, that second day, it kinda stinks, too. We’re in an apartment, so it can be hard to avoid the stink…not that it permeates the entire apartment, but when I walk by…yuck.

    I’ve tried tea tree oil and lavender oil on the fabric swatch of the bag, to no avail. I switched to Rockin’ Green’s Hard Rock detergent 5 or 6 weeks ago, and it’s a *little* better. Today I sprinkled some baking soda in it, and it seemed to help a little. But if that doesn’t do the trick, do I just have to live with it?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      don’t close the bag all the way and see how that helps. by closing it up the heat let’s that ammonia build up.

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      • Anonymous Says:

        I keep the bag open, though. I have the top of the wetbag stretched around the top of the 13-gal trash can that I use.

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    • Emily D Says:

      I pour some baking soda in the bottom of my pail, which seems to make a huge difference. I used to use a wet pail system (just filled the bucket about 1/4 way and mixed in baking soda) and I rarely had odour, only then I heard it wasn’t good for pockets, so I switched ot But it would be fine for pre-folds.

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  35. Beth Says:

    Hi Jenni! I made my own wetbags from PUL from JoAnn’s fabrics. It’s basically a pillowcase with a hem at the too for the drawstring. It was really easy to make…Go for it!

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  36. Grateful for Grace Says:

    I use a wet bag. I like it much better than when I used a pail with no liner. I use a Leslie’s wet bag for daily dirty stack up. I have a Wahmies that was given to me, but since it is just a liner, I use it for my clean diapers carrying bag for trips.

    The only issue I have with the Leslie bag is that it’s not big enough for the primary bag. I’m pretty sure I’m using a large. Oh, I also have a small for the diaper bag. I have just noticed lately that it’s not holding the smell in like it used to do.

    Dang… girlie… I will NOT spend any more money on diaper stuff! I will not. Therefore… I am not going to look at Monkey Toes.

    Though maybe Wee Babe wants one for Christmas? ;-)

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  37. Jenni F Says:

    Have you (or anyone else) ever tried making your own wet/dry bags or pail liners? any tips, suggestions, or ideas for making this option work well?

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    • Leah Says:

      I made a liner sort of like my Grovia draw string liner. I used a drawsting and toggle(?) I tore out of one of those dollar store laundry bags I found did not fit the trash can I store my dipes in. I bought PUL from JoAnns. It probably took an hour? I didn’t catch the PUL on sale and it probably cost 8 or 9 dollars total project. Its easy and functional, yet there are some really cool options out there to buy that are’nt that pricey!

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