Do parents here only use store bought specialty diaper pails? What are the alternatives that have worked for you, and did you have to improvise?
I have to agree about the lid off the pail. I only started doing this recently, and the diapers seem to dry out and not stink at all.
I wish people wouldn't make cloth diapering sound so difficult. It really doesn't need to be.
I guess my only question for you, jjtsl, would be if you plan on a wet pail or dry pail? With a dry pail, the lid is optional. You can sprinkle baking powder on diapers to keep down odors, but then you need to add a vinegar rinse to rebalance diaper pH. A wet pail, however, needs a lid. It's considered a drowning hazard up to age 5 (?).
One other thing -- I spray poop off diapers into the toilet with the handheld showerhead. For mamas who don't have this option, I don't know what would work best! Maybe that's the reason for the liner?
Tracey R. Happy Helpmeet to Jeff, and Mama to Corey (ds, 22yo), Justin (ds, 20yo), Bekah (dd, 3yo), and Miah (Jeremiah, ds, 17mo), and baby Rachel, vasa previa survivor, 4 wks old.
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mousebandit- I think you will find most people do dry pails now. It's much easier, less wear on your diapers, and prevents a possible drowning hazard for young children.
We got ours at Target and Kmart though. It was $10 there.
i am actually gonna get a second today so that i can have one for my AIO's and one for my prefolds and covers. a cover always seems to slip by and get into the hot wash with the AIO's . yar , baby stores will try to sell you anything making it seem like if you don't have "this amazing product" that your baby will suffer somehow. or that "you really need this" , stick to the basics, they are just trying to make a buck off ya.
ETA: we use a dry pail, wet pails are dangerous and messy. and they are harder on your dipes, i jusr plop and or rinses the diapers once in a while sprinkle some baking soda on them if it's beeen a rough day (blueberry, blackberries) . and while the dipes wash i do a hot soak with vinegar and every other week some bleach (the pail not the dipes, never soak dipes in bleach lol). no liner here either
FYI I think I got mine at walmart for less $$
For pre-treating before wash, has anyone used the Lotus Sanitizing System before? It's a device that oxygenates regular tap water (works something like oxyclean) and is said to be very good on stains and yet absent of any chemicals. Put into a spray bottle, it can also sanitize kitchen counters, bathrooms and conceivably diaper pails. We are contemplating getting it, and would like to hear any experiences to see if it is as good as advertised before we take the plunge.