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I'm about to buy diapers, made up my mind what I want... but I am stuck on the whole pail issue.<br><br>
Seems to me, most people use the dry pail method these days. Is this about right?<br><br>
What are the reasons for this? Seems to me if you had a wet pail, you could fill it with water and some sort of enzyme cleaner (I have seen Bac Out listed as a good one in various places), and thus skip the soaking step in your washer... I'd think you'd also have less staining and less odor with a wet pail. The only drawbacks I can see to the wet pail are, heavier to lug to the laundry room and the possibility of someone (baby perhaps) knocking it over. Since our house is small and one floor, I would just be able to keep the bucket in a small bathroom off the laundry room, so I don't see either of these being an issue - short distance to washer, and baby would never be back there.<br><br>
Does anyone use a wet pail any more?<br><br>
If I go the dry route... why do so many diaper pails I see on diaper sites seem to be 54 quart size? I cannot understand why you would need a diaper pail that large if you plan to wash diapers every few days. I think our kitchen garbage can is only about 48 quarts, and it's huge! How big of a pail would I realistically need, if I go the dry route? Is 54 quarts as huge as I seem to feel it is? Do I even need a pail at all if I go this route? Could I just use a drawstring diaper pail liner and toss the baking soda cake inside?<br><br>
Any thoughts, opinions, remarks appreciated!
 

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Well, in my almost 2-years of cloth diapering I've never used a wet pail, so I can't speak about that. But I can say that for a dry pail you really don't need a regular diaper pail. I got a regular old plastic Sterlite trashcan at Target that I use as a diaper pail. I have ZERO odor problems, and never have problems with stains either (or when I do I just sun my diapers!)<br>
Anyway, I have a PUL bag that I line my trashcan with, and the whole works gets thrown in the machine on wash day (which in my house is every day! LOL )<br><br>
Anyway, I never saw any benefit in using a wet pail, and the potential for having one of my kids fall in it (even with a tight fitting lid) was just too great. My dry pail with NO lid works just fine for me!
 

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Using a wet pail just adds to the gross factor, IMO. All that waste, floating around, growing even more bacteria.... And if you rinse the diapers out first, that's an extra hassle. And dumping out all that gross water? Yuck. You have to clean/disinfect the pail extra carefully more frequently. I don't even use a pail liner anymore, I just spray the inside with all purpose cleaner/disinfectant and wipe it out with a paper towel. I've done the wet pail method and didn't care for it. It was just a hassle.<br><br>
It can also be a drowning hazzard to a toddler if the pail is not lockable.<br><br>
I don't even really care for soaking my diapers in the washing machine, to be honest. A long soak can help remove stains, but I find it unecessary with diapers. The stains either come out with the sun or will come out in the next wash. Most of the time I just set the dial to Rinse. It fills, agitates, then spins out and shuts off. Then I finish with the rest of the wash routine. The sun takes care of any stains left behind, which are minimal, anyway.<br><br>
You can squirt a little Bac Out on the poopy diapers before putting them in the pail, if you really feel the need to pretreat.<br><br>
As far as diaper pails goes, I just use a small Sterilite waste bin with push button flip up lid (don't recall how many quarts). It holds exactly one large washing machine load worth of diapers, so it keep me from letting things pile (or stink) up. It's not good for your diapers to let them sit in ammonia too long, anyway. I wash every other day.<br>
I don't think using just a pail liner would be the best idea, because of the condensation you seem to get on the outside of the bag. It might make a damp spot on the floor or whatever the bag leans against. But maybe that condensation thing doesn't happen with all bags. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Anyone use just a wet bag for their diaper pail? Also, it's nicer to have a one handed or hands free system, cuz you usually have a diaper in one hand. If the bag has a zipper or a toggle type thingy, then you'd have to lay the wet diaper somewhere and use two hands to open the bag. Even if you left the bag open, it would likely not stay open nicely, but colapse upon itself.
 

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I just started cd'ing a month ago and we use a dry pail. I started out using a wet pail and found it to be a bit gross with the floatees and the odour! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I now use a dry pail and wash every other day. When I throw the dipes in the washer I first wash them in a cold/cold cycle with a few drops of tea tree oil and lavender, as well as a bit of detergent. Then I wash them a second time in hot/cold cycle. So far have not had a problem with stains.
 

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then I've found that a 34litre Sterilite trash can with a flip lid works perfectly, and holds appx 2days worth of diapers. I have to say that I used a wet pail for the first few months because I didn't know any better and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross">!!!! I would not go back, for the gross factor, but the number one reason is I don't want to risk ds drowning. He is fascinated with that pail when we're in the bathroom.
 

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I won't wet pail because room temperature water with poop in it sitting in a dark pail for a day or two sounds like Disneyland for germs. Also, I've heard those long soaks can break down diaper fibers faster and if you wet pail you have to keep your AIOS and covers in something else or the long soaking can damage the waterproofing.<br><br>
I don't have a pail liner I just rinse the pail out with the hose then set it in the sun if it gets a little whiff. I might want one if I had runny newbaby poopies in there, though. I use a rubermaid kitchen trash can with a flip-top lid. Those 54 quart pails are what diper services use, you don't need something that big if you plan to wash frequently, but I like having a big pail for when I get behind or if DS gets sick and goes through 20 diapers and 10 covers in a day (it happens.)
 
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