One of the most dreaded parts of cloth diapering, to newbies at least (it definitely was to me), is the poopy diaper. At first you worry about the “ick” factor and then it evolves to the “oh, no, my beautiful diapers are stained!” factor.
A diaper sprayer will help both of those concerns.
I’ve read numerous times that if your baby is exclusively breast-fed (EBF) that their poop is water soluble and can be put directly into your washer. I don’t know about you, but I still thought it would be better to get as much poop off as I could before going into the washer. So, when I decided to cloth diaper Sophia, I started researching diaper sprayers (even though she was EBF in the beginning).
There are lots of different Diaper Sprayers available, but they all have one thing in common… they are quite price-y! Honestly, they are worth every penny, but… if you are a DIY-er or have a DIY-er as a hubby (like I do!), you can tackle this simple project and be successful!
After some research, I came across this tutorial. You can make your own DIY Diaper Sprayer!
It is SO easy to understand and I love the pictures of the parts you need to buy. I even printed them out and it made the shopping trip MUCH easier when we got to Lowe’s. I bought an over-the-door hook and hung the sprayer on it, to keep it out of the floor. In all, we spent $26 on our DIY sprayer!!!
I truly think that my diaper sprayer is one of the reasons that I’ve never had serious battles with stains during our 7 months of cloth diapering. It’s definitely one of the reasons that I was never concerned with the yuckiness of poopy diapers.
If you do happen to get stains on your inserts or covers, just put them out in the sun (wet is best) and let the sun bleach them! You are never supposed to use bleach on your diapers with PUL and besides, letting your diapers shine in the sun is such a prettier sight and smell (than bleach) and much green-er!
Tip of the Day: Extra tough stains? Mix Lemon Juice with Water and spray on your inserts while sunning them… Eco- & Cloth Diaper-Friendly Bleach-er! Be sure the inserts are wet when you spray, then sun. Throw them back in the washer for one last rinse cycle when done (to avoid any reactions on your baby’s bum!).