Monday, November 3, 2008

Dry Pail vs Wet Pail

I found the answer to my preschoolers cloth diaper stinkings! I tried everything to get the ammonia scent out of my diapers:sunshine, bleach, sportswash, white vinegar, etc. The only thing that was working for me was using a small amount of bleach. Not only was his diapers smelling like ammonia first thing in the morning, it was burning his little bottom. I was using the dry pail method and that was my problem!

For the past couple of weeks I have been trying the wet pail method. I use my same laundry bucket that I used for my dry pail. Now I just fill it half full with water and add a 1/4 cup of borax or 1/4c baking soda. I let my diapers soak for a few days before washing them. The ammonia problem is gone. Now I don't have to use any bleach!!!

From my own experience I think a dry pail works great when you are washing diapers more frequently. For more info on dry pail vs wet pail visit:

Just remember if you use the wet pail method in your home-keep your small children away from it!!! It is possible for them to drown in the bucket. Keep it up high, or under your bathroom sink with the doors locked.