What to do with Poo? {DIY Diaper Sprayer}

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Let’s face it – the first thing that everybody wonders when they start contemplating cloth diapers OR if you tell them that you use cloth diapers is “What to do with the Poo?”.  It’s only natural that this would be one of the first concerns about cloth diapers – I mean, who really wants to talk about poo, let alone put it in your washing machine on a regular basis.

DIY Diaper Sprayer for Cloth Diapers

But the thing is, it’s really not that hard at all to deal with poo or to talk about it.  See, I’m doing it right now {although I admit, I feel a little weird}.

There’s a few things that can help if the idea of washing cloth diapers full of Number 2 is making you apprehensive about cloth diapers.

Breastfed Babies Poo Can Be Put Directly into Your Washer.

For realz.  Everyone seems to agree that EBF babies poo is water soluble.  BUT I never did it.  I would always try to swish/rinse/shake off any excess that I could.  But you can, if you choose to.

Use Cloth Diaper Disposable Liners.

AppleCheeks Disposable Cloth Diaper Liners

This tip is especially useful when traveling and worrying about dealing with poo.  Sure you can travel without them, but if the dirty diaper will be sitting in your wet bag for an extended period of time, these liners can be very useful.  You can simply lift the liner out of the diaper, with all the mess hopefully on the liner, and flush everything because most disposable liners are flushable. You could even use them at home, not just traveling.

When Your Baby Gets Older, Most Solids Will Shake Off Easily.

There’s a good chance when your baby starts eating solids, their poo will start taking on a more solid form.  Makes sense.  Solid poo is easier to shake off in the toilet.

Swish, Dunk, or Spray.

Although cloth diaper parents with diaper sprayers swear by them {me included}, you can successfully cloth diaper without one.  You can simply use the swish or dunk method.  Dunk the whole diaper, swish around until most of the poo comes off of the diaper.  It can get a little messy, but it works just fine.

Diaper Sprayer.

Honestly, my diaper sprayer may have saved cloth diapering for me.  I don’t use it much anymore {see Solids discussion above}, but when I need it, I need it.  Just like cloth diapers themselves, the start-up cost of a diaper sprayer can be a little overwhelming.  They average to about $40-$50 and sometimes it’s hard to justify another cost when cloth diapering {isn’t this supposed to save us money?}.

DIY Diaper Sprayer {Make Your Own!}.

I did – or hubby did, over 2 years ago and ours is still going strong.  It’s really easy and I have a link to a set of instructions that makes it super easy to find the parts that you need.  Over two years ago, we spent only $26.  I blogged all about our DIY Diaper Sprayer a year and a half ago.

Our Diaper Sprayer not only gets even the yuckiest of poo off the cloth diapers {so it doesn’t go in my Washer}, but I’m convinced that it’s one of the reasons that I’ve never really battled stink OR cloth diaper stains in over 2.5 years of using modern cloth diapers.

I use a plastic Over the Door Hanger to hang the Diaper Sprayer on the side of the toilet.  Easy Peasy!

While you’re here, be sure to check out all of my cloth diapering posts, including my Cloth Diapers 101 section.


Did you decide that it’s too much to DIY?  Here’s a great option of diaper sprayer from Amazon – including other supplies to make dealing with poo even easier!

  1. good tip on the diaper sprayer – also if you are running any poo even just stains through your washing machine you should run a full load with no clothes at all just one cup of bleach in order to sanitize the machine. probably do it weekly.

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