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.


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.


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!