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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: http://www.zany-zebra.com/cloth-diaper-pail.shtml

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.

2 comments:

Andrea U. said...

You could use a gamma lid on the pail if you are using a standard sized bucket. that way you can get in ant out easily but the little ones can't fall in.
http://www.gamma2.net/new/GSL.html

~~Andrea

Little Rabbits said...

Thanks Andrea for the idea, it seem like I've seen this lid at Maceys. I'll have to check for it when I'm there next!