7 Mom-Approved for Reducing Diaper Pail Odors
If your diaper pail smells funky no matter you do, consider these seven mom-approved tips for keeping odors in check.
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DIY Diaper Pail Cakes
This Pinterest find for DIY diaper pail cakes, courtesy of Pearl Handmade Art & Design, combines the odor-absorbing power of baking soda with the naturally nice smell of your favorite essential oil. All you need to do is mix enough baking soda and distilled water together to make a paste, add a few drops of essential oil (lemon works well), and spoon the batter into a muffin pan filled with cupcake liners. Allow “cakes” to harden overnight, and presto! Your own never-ending supply of all-natural diaper pail fresheners.
Toilet Flush Assist
From the “now why didn’t I think of this?” files comes this great tip from my mom friend Annie. If baby has a No. 2, whenever possible, flush the poo down the toilet before tossing the diaper in the pail. Once I started doing this, our pail was suddenly much less stinky!
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The Can of Steel
Since plastic can absorb odors, it’s no surprise that even the best of plastic pails often take on a funk. The better material for deflecting diaper stink? Stainless steel, like this coated stainless steel favorite from Ubbi.
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Dog Poo Bags
If you’re over at a friend’s house or visiting your parents, it can seem a little rude to just leave your baby’s calling card to stink up their trash. One alternative to contain the smell when you’re away from your own diaper pail? Toss your baby’s diaper in a dog poo bag (like these) before throwing away.
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Because let’s face it, splatters happen, regularly rinsing and drying your diaper pail can get off any stuck on stuff that’s adding to the stink. One tip from mom-of-three Kirsten? On sunny days, rinse and let the pail dry outside. Sunshine can help to naturally “bleach out” unwelcome odors.
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Borrow a tip from aquarium owners and use carbon charcoal packs (like these) to prevent diaper pail stink from getting out of control. Just drop the carbon pack in the bottom of the pail and replace as directed every few months.
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Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags
Is your diaper pail large enough to fit a lot of dirty diapers? That might be part of the problem. One way to get around the stink that can build up in super-sized pails is to use a much smaller can liner — this forces you to empty the pail on a frequent basis. The perfect smaller liner for holding soiled diapers? Leftover plastic shopping bags that need to get recycled anyway!
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