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#1 of 4 Old 04-10-2013, 08:11 AM - Thread Starter
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A while ago we started using one of those stainless steel compost pails (1.5 gallon capacity-- about 1ft tall and 9in across) to store kitty litter poop on it's way to the dumpster. It's been amazing at cutting down smells because the steel doesn't pick them up like porous plastics do, and the carbon filter under the vent holes works really well. 


I'm outfitting baby's nursery right now, and wondering if something like this would be useful for diapers. We are 80% on going for cloth prefolds + covers. 


Is this too small?


Do you use a pail or trashcan or just a lined bag?


How does it work on odor, and do you need to constantly disinfect the inside of it to keep it from smelling up? 


(BTW-- I know kitty poop is stinkier than baby poop, but I've just been so frustrated with how many smells all of these plastic-lined trashcans pick up when a simple steel can would solve the problem-- except I can't find any big enough to replace our other trash cans.) 

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We use a 5 gallon Home Depot utility bucket with a lid (I think it was $5), which we keep in a closet across from the bathroom and the room that the change table is in (we keep it in a downstairs play room and not the bedroom).  Honestly, it doesn't smell until you take the lid off, but its never off for long.  When we do diasper laundry I rinse it out and back in the closet it goes.  It's not pretty, but it works.  I think 1.5 gallons is going to be way too small...our bucket holds ~18 diapers, which, when our babes were tiny, was about 2 days worth of dipes. 

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I think you'll want something much bigger for CDing.  You'll need to fit 10-15 diapers in there a day.  If you wash every other day (which is reasonable), you'll want something that can hold up to 25 or 30 diapers.  I made a large wetbag out of two pieces of PUL sewn together and hang it from the nursery door.  Smell isn't really an issue until they start solids (at least in our case).  And if you're spraying poop off, smell is still not really an issue.  Many people who CD notice that open air containers are actually better for smell than closed ones.  The air circulation prevents a lot of the really gross smells that you'll encounter if they're shut in.


Wetbags are nice because you can just throw them right into the washer with the diapers and they get clean and stink-free.  The same thing would apply to a pail with a liner.  I personally wouldn't use a pail without a liner since rinsing it out would be more of a pain than I'm willing to put up with.

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I agree that you'll want something bigger for all the diapers. That said, we have at times had a small bucket close to the changing table that could hold a few diapers, and then a couple of times a day we would take it out to the big bucket in the garage. Or once a day on a hard day. So it could be a good option for keeping the smell down in your living area.

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