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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Repost: Pail Liners-Which one is right for me?

You've decided you want to cloth diaper. You've done the research and you know what detergent you want to try and which diapers look like they'll work for your family, but have you considered how you'll store the dirty diapers between washes?

Well there are two basic kinds storage for your diapers. You can use a hanging wet bag like the apple green FuzziBunz to the left or you can use a pail liner in a pail like the blackberry Grovia shown below.

Hanging wetbags: One of the perks of a hanging wetbag is that it doesn't take up a lot of space and that it can be moved here and there without any issue. If you're short on space in your little one's room (and that's where you're planning on keeping your wet bag), this kind of bag is perfect for you. You can get these kinds of bags in both drawstring style and zipper style.

Pail liner: With a pail liner, you'll need a pail. You can look for a genuine kind of pail that is made specifically for diapers, but I like to use a regular trash can. I got mine at Target. If you're going to go this route, make sure you look for a can that closes completely. The ones with the swinging lid seem to seep smell into the room. And since the pail liner is fitted around the opening of the can, this can become a big problem-especially if you have a super smeller in your house like my DH! Lol. He can smell a dirty diaper from miles away. ;)

A couple of dirty diaper storage tips:

1. Put your pail where it will be both convenient and out of the way! There's nothing worse than tripping over a dirty diaper pail or having kids get nosey and dig around in there. Eww! We keep ours in the bathroom.

2. Buy at least 2 pail liners or hanging pails. You'll want to be able to wash one and use one all at the same time. I've done it with just one and it works if that's the way you have to go, but it's so much more convenient to have 2.

3. When in doubt, buy the bigger one. If you're between a couple of sizes and not sure which to get, buy the bigger one. They always seem like they'll be bigger than they are when you read how many diapers they can hold. Buy the one that is meant for large amounts of diapers. That way, if you're having a bad day, you don't have to wash diapers too just because you ran out of storage space.

4. Line dry it when you can. I don't know for sure if this really makes any difference, but I feel like line drying your pail liner increases the life of your liner. It seems to me that the more things go through the dryer, the more they deteriorate a little faster. Not to mention, the smell of a freshly hung liner is nice. :)

That's all I've got for today!

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