If you use cloth diapers, you know you need a specific cloth diaper pail. Disposable diaper pails just don’t work in most cases, so you’ll need to improvise. Let’s talk cloth diaper pails and cloth diaper pail liner options and which will work best for you!
One of the biggest myths about using cloth diapers is how gross and dirty it will be… and that is in fact a myth. There are so many great products available to make cloth diapering easy and clean. Today we’re talking about one of the most important products you’ll need when you cloth diaper… a cloth diaper pail and liner.
There are a couple of different ways to store dirty cloth diapers – a wet pail and dry pail. I have never used the wet pail option, but if you are interested in learning more about it, you can read about that type here. A dry pail is what I’ve always used and it’s SO simple – all you need is a diaper pail with a lid and liner.
Cloth Diaper Pail Options:
- Cloth Diaper Pail + Cloth Diaper Pail Liner
After cloth diapering for over 5 years, I discovered that my favorite cloth diaper pail was actually a trash can like this one. It was the perfect size to hold a couple of days’ worth of diapers and the lid created a tight seal to keep any odors inside. My favorite combination is this type of trash can with a PUL pail liner.
Pail liners come in a couple of options – elastic around the top, which makes them stay on the diaper pail so much easier and a drawstring type. The drawstring is nice if you ever want to travel with it away from home.
You can also use a diaper pail with a plastic bag, such as a trash bag, but if you’re cloth diapering a reusable cloth diaper pail liner makes so much more sense. They’re so easy to use too – just dump your cloth diapers out into your washer and throw the pail liner in the washing machine with them.
Expert Tip: I’d always recommend having 2 cloth diaper pail liners on hand so you can immediately put one back in your pail while your doing laundry.
While I don’t recommend it for long term, if you’re on a strict budget, you can get away with using a pillowcase as a cloth diaper pail liner. The cotton will soak up liquids and smells, but it works in a pinch. See more of my cloth diapering on a budget tips here.
- Hanging Wet Bag
If space is an issue, you can always use a hanging wet bag as a cloth diaper pail. It also makes for easy traveling.
- Disposable Diaper Pail
When I cloth diapered my girls, there were no disposable diaper pails that I could find that would definitely work with cloth diapers. Now there are a few options that might work like this one. I still prefer the simplicity of a trash can with a diaper pail liner though – works great and is a better price in the end.
Why Do You Need a Cloth Diaper Pail Liner?
Let me let you in on a little secret… you need a pail liner to make doing cloth diaper laundry easier. If you don’t have a pail liner, you’ll get stains, smells, and definitely germs inside your cloth diaper pail. By using a cloth diaper pail liner, you eliminate the need to clean the pail itself weekly.
Plus, they’re just so easy to use. You never have to touch a dirty cloth diaper once it’s in the pail. Just shake them right out into the clothes washer and throw your pail liner in as well. My favorite cloth diaper pail liners are made of PUL, making them waterproof and keeping your cloth diaper pail clean and dry, so I do line dry them to preserve the PUL fabric.
How Many Cloth Diaper Pail Liners Should You Have?
As I said above, I would recommend having at least 2 cloth diaper pail liners in your stash. This is so when you empty your pail on wash day, you can put one right back in your pail immediately… because we all know that babies don’t wait until laundry is finished to have a dirty diaper!
A diaper pail and cloth diaper pail liner are definitely make my list of cloth diapering accessories that you really need. There are ways to get around having them both – but honestly, they’re worth the relatively small price tag to have a cleaner, more organized system of dealing with dirty cloth diapers.