Diaper Pail Buying Guide

Diaper Pail Buying Guide

 Do I need a diaper pail for my nursery?

For some, it is not necessary to find the best diaper pail. For them, it is sufficient to simply dispose of the diapers outside of their home. Nonetheless, have you thought of the wasted time and effort in doing so? From experience, in the beginning we didn’t use a diaper pail and after a few weeks dirty diapers in plastic shopping bags started to pile up outside the front door. Not the most inviting thing for people to see who are visiting.

To give you a few reasons why a diaper pail might be a good investment, here are some top reasons to buy one.

Diaper Pails Are Made for Reducing the Smell

You would not want to have dirty diapers creating a foul smell in your home. Although your newborn’s poo may have a mild smell, it will become worse as he or she starts eating solid food.

Basically, babies who approach four to six months of age will start changing in the consistency of their poop. Why? New food introductions will drastically change the smell and potency of their diapers. If you compare his or her diapers to what he or she did as a newborn, you will notice that the smell becomes tougher to contain.

That being said, you’re eventually going to need a diaper disposal system to get rid of whatever smell your baby’s used diapers emit. You may think that you could live with the smell at first, but if you already had a baby you know how horrible stale dirty diapers can smell.

Nonetheless, you should not expect a diaper pail to get rid of the stink of your infant’s diapers. Instead, it will simply contain the unlikely smell.

Your Baby Will Use Tons of Diapers

Can you handle the fact your baby will likely use up to 3,000 diapers in a year? Do you think bringing every dirty diaper out to your garbage is a feasible solution? Don’t forget the punishment you will be putting your garbage man through when he lifts your garbage pail lid.

Instead of throwing the dirty diapers out individually, you should consider the amount of dirty diapers your baby will produce. If you choose to throw away every diaper separately, you will spend a lot of time on doing so.

Be reminded that there are several times a day that your baby will require a diaper change. A diaper pail will be able to save you thousands of trips outside your home over the course of their pre potty trained days.

It Has Child Safety Features

You may be worried that keeping soiled diapers in your home will open the door to your children getting into them. However, most of the diaper pails today are designed with a child safety lock.

This feature will keep your infants from touching or reaching into the used diapers. It will also keep your child from accessing the plastic bags and sharp parts among others.

Regular Garbage Pails Will Not Work

No matter what you do, a regular garbage pail will not be able to equal the odor-reducing power of a diaper pail. Although it may work when your baby is still an infant, it wont be able to contain the smells when your child starts to eat solid foods.

As mentioned earlier, the smell of used diapers become worse when your baby begins to consume solid foods. As you may know, when he or she is just feeding wth breast milk or formula, the poop smell may only be mild.

Improved Cleanliness at Home Is Paramount

If you have an infant at home, there is nothing more important than keeping your babies room clean and fresh. With diaper pails, you will have an easy system of effectively throwing soiled diapers.

Furthermore, it is much easier to clean your baby messes having a pail right next to the changing table.

Diaper Type Flexibility

Do you know that diaper pails are not only just for disposables? Instead, there are also diaper pails for cloth diapers. Instead of acting as a temporary garbage bin, this type of diaper pail is meant to store the soiled cloth diapers before laundry.

Types of Diaper Pails

If you are looking for the best diaper pail, you should educate yourself on the available options. Similar to other infant necessities, there are also different types of diaper pails offering different features. You can select which diaper pail fits your needs based on features, construction material, or even which color goes with your baby’s room.

Here are some examples of the different types of diaper pails available:

Diaper Pail for Disposable Diapers

From the name itself, this diaper disposal pail is made for baby diapers that can no longer be reused. It is designed to compress and contain the diapers into a disposable bag.

Normally, a diaper pail for disposable diapers is designed with a foot pedal allowing you to open the pail conveniently. This is convenient to a mother who is holding her child in one hand. Even without hands, you can dispose of the used diapers without touching the bin.

Diaper pails for disposables are constructed to avoid your child from getting into the bin. Be mindful that an unsupervised child can do the craziest of thins and a suffocation risk is present with the use of plastic liners. By using special liners, air filters, or even baking soda, odors are controlled using a diaper pail.

You can find this type of diaper pail in various materials like most of its counterparts. Certain plastics are sometimes not the choice of parents because over time it absorbs the smell from the soiled diapers.

Diaper Pails for Dry Cloth Diapers

This is a type of diaper pail is meant to provide utmost convenience to parents. Once you have washed off the “dirt” from a cloth diaper, you may dispose it to the pail.

You will also find this type of diaper pail has a child locking system. It is more beneficial to find one that has a tighter lid in order to keep the odors in more effectively. On laundry day, you may use the liners to remove the diapers easily.

What makes this cloth diaper pail a good choice is it doesn’t require you to wash the diaper’s insides completely before laundry day. Also, this type of diaper pail may have washable liners. Cleaning the washable liner with the diapers is most common

To avoid odors, you may also sprinkle baking soda at the pail’s bottom, in the bag itself or use some of our diaper pail hacks discussed later in this guide.

Cloth diapers are surprisingly being used by more parents nowadays to support an eco-friendly movement. Washing each wet diaper as it happens just negates any eco-friendly aspect of using cloth diapers. This is where a cloth diaper pail comes in handy.

Using a cloth diaper pail with soiled wet diapers, it is common to have some liquid in the bottom of the pail to neutralize odor. This liquid is made with odor absorbing and cleaning compounds, such as vinegar or baking soda. By soaking the diapers, you can keep the stink controlled until you wash the diapers without damaging them.

It is common that diaper pails for wet cloth diapers are heavier than other bins.

What to Look For When Buying Diaper Pail

You may have found the best diaper pail on the market but you are still interested in evaluating your options. In this case, you should not settle by just searching for the top rated brands. Brand reputation definitely matters, but you should also assess products based on their performance.

This means that you should check the features a diaper pail has. Remember, since there are diaper pails for cloth diapers and wet garments, there are also diaper pails for disposable diapers and the features may vary. However, the following features should at least be found in your choice of diaper pail so you get the best experience possible.

Here are some features to look for:


This feature actually depends on your preference. You should determine if you will utilize disposables or cloth diapers. Once you know the type of diaper you are going to use, you will be able to narrow down your search for the best diaper pail.

In actuality, you can keep cloth diapers in both pails for wet and dry diapers. If you select the latter, you can use the bin for disposables. Understand that this is not applicable for pails that require special bags, which do not give access to soiled diaper laundry.

Odor Control

It is most effective to find a diaper pail that has liners which will keep odors from escaping the bin. Even if you compare it to garbage bags, you will notice that diaper pail liners are more efficient and designed specifically in eliminating odors; unfortunately the specific pail liners cost significantly more than standard garbage bags.

Liners have the capability to seal even the worst odor of a used diaper especially if your child is consuming solid food. Also, it is reliable in keeping the smell from escaping whenever you open the lid of the pail.

In case there are liners, you should look for diaper pails with air filters that assist the liners in controlling odors. The more odor control features the better.

There are also pails today that have a feature of locking every soiled diaper. As a result, the odor will not spread to other areas of the bin and the smell will be reduced greatly.

Effective Mechanism of Disposal

This feature is measured depending on your choice of convenience. There are various diaper pails today that come with a variety of disposal systems. For instance, there are ones that have lids that can be opened with a foot pedal.

Alternatively, there are also diaper pails that hold used baby diapers with the help of special insert bags.

If you select a diaper pail with lid, ensure that it is secure after use. Always remind yourself that the used diaper bin is a hazard to your child.

There are also newer diaper pails that have a motion detector promoting an easier and faster disposal. It is also a good idea to consider finding a tall pail since it eliminates the need to bend.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

You can figure out in advance the total cost of owning the diaper pail you are choosing. You can determine this by checking the price of the pail and expenses on purchasing bag refills. Figure out how many diapers each bag holds and how many diapers a day you will be using. Calculate how many bags you will need per month and assume that your child will be using some sort of diaper for the first three years of their life.

Sufficient Size

It makes sense to look for the biggest pail as it will have larger storage; just make sure you have the room for the bigger size in your nursery. It’s not the worst thing if you can only fit or afford a smaller, thinner pail as the convenience of using a diaper pail itself is worth it.

Estimate how many diapers your baby uses daily. After, you can check out models that can handle the amount you have calculated. The more the diaper pail can manage the less you have to empty it outside.


It is best to find a diaper pail that is lightweight. If you are considering a bin for wet diapers, this is an important feature. Once the pail contains water, it will become heavier. Plus you need to consider what the pail is made of; plastic, steel, aluminum, etc.

There are pails today with a pour spout and handle, which will make it easier for you to carry the pail around to dump the waste water.

Construction Material

The material make up of the diaper pail matters as well. Most of the time, you will find steel and plastic diaper pails. The former is often powder coated. Steel diaper pails won’t absorb odor like some plastics.. Also, it is easier to clean.

Alternatively, plastic diaper pails are more available on the market and they are cheaper. They also have a disadvantage to steel as they absorbing the odor, unless they are made from ABS plastic or some other plastic that prohibits odor from absorbing.

If you are on a tight budget, you may want to stick with a plastic diaper pail. However, if you prefer something that will last longer, maybe you plan on having more children, steel bins are preferable.

Ease of Changing Bags

Your choice of diaper pail must allow a simple means of changing refill bags. There are products that can cause injuries or are just a pain in the next to replace.

For instance, there are diaper pails that allow easy insertion and removal of bags using a closure bag with a simple snap feature. Look for a diaper pail that can avoid the diaper bag from getting caught on the bin’s sides whenever you try replacing it. Newer diaper pails come with a front door option allowing easy removal of a full bag.

Tips for Using a Diaper Pail

It seems pretty simple using a diaper pail right? Think again. You still have to maintain the diaper pain and keep it clean. If you choose not to, the life of your product will drastically diminish and you’ll just end up replacing it with anew one.

In other words, most of the work will involve maintaining the diaper pail’s performance. You can do this by ensuring odor is not kept in the diaper pail. There are products, especially the ones made of plastic, that absorb the smell from the soiled diapers. Over time, it will be more difficult to eliminate the stink.

Here are the tips you should keep in mind when using a diaper pail:

Get Rid of the “Dirt” First

Every time you dispose of a used diaper, it is recommended that you get rid of the “dirt” first, AKA poop. This will reduce the odor when you keep the garment into the pail.

Otherwise, if you really want to eliminate the odor of soiled diapers, you should dispose of the poopy ones out of your home right away. I have adopted the habit of disposing poop diapers in a plastic shopping bag and leaving it on my porch to go to the pail. It truly is the only way to eliminate any bad odors from your home.

Create Liners

If there are no liners available for the pail you purchased, you can create a liner for the pail. Remember, that if you do not do this you need to clean the pail separately whenever you wash cloth diapers or throw out the disposable diapers.

Liners are helpful so you can save time and effort. If you are using cloth diapers, you can make a liner out of a laminated fabric, nylon, or any water-resistant material and simply remove it and wash it with the used cloth diapers. You should not use liners made of woven fabrics or cotton material as these are known to absorb moisture and smell from used diapers.

Most diaper pails will come with replacement diaper pail liners that you can purchase.  There are mods or hacks out there to use normal garbage bags instead of buying the brand specific liners. In my experience it is much more convenient to buy the proper replacements.

Spray the Pail Regularly

You can eliminate unnecessary odors in your pail by using a disinfectant spray. This is helpful in reducing the growth of bacteria in the bin as well. You can make it a habit every night. This will also assist in decreasing the smell brought by the soiled diapers.

Use Baking Soda

This compound is known to be highly effective in reducing the smell of your diaper pail; especially whenever you remove the full bag of soiled garments. Preferably, you may use a deodorant disc or sprinkle baking soda into the pail’s bottom part.

The smell potency of diapers may be eliminated by using a quarter cup of baking soda. Deodorant discs are often used as alternatives since they can be reused.

Toss Strong-Smelling Diapers

There are times that diaper pail smell can no longer be masked by baking soda. You may need to start throwing the really bad diapers outside as they happen.  Sometimes there isn’t a design or technology that can mask a truly smelly diaper.

Separate the Layers of Diapers

Before throwing the diapers into the pail, you could separate the diaper’s layers. Normally, you will find the diaper with an outer covering that is waterproof and it has an insert or core responsible for absorbing liquid excretions. This isn’t a preferred method as it gets messy and the absorbing material turns into a gel when wet.

If you are using cloth diapers, you should remove solids into the toilet and rinse any loose stool off the diaper.

Essential Oils

There are also essentials oils that you can use in order to reduce the odor of your diaper pail. The most commonly used ones are lavender and tea tree oil. A few drops of either of the essential oils will do.

You may use a paper towel or cloth to absorb the essential oils. Put it in the diaper pail to eliminate the ammonia odor, which is often produced by the soiled diapers filled with urine.

You may use the essentials oil on the bag’s inner seams

Do Not Use Air Fresheners

You should avoid the use of air fresheners to eliminate the odor from your diaper pail. Air fresheners just mask the smell and you usually just get a mix of stink and air freshener. For most people, the smell it may produce is worse than the odor of used diapers.

Old Coffee Grounds

Are you thinking of dumping your old coffee grounds? Think again. You could use a plastic container and put it at the bottom of the diaper pail and poke holes in the cover of the container. Similar to other strong smelling items, the coffee grounds may be able to mask the diapers’ smell.

Create a Vinegar Spray

If you are worried about the cost associated with the use of a disinfectant spray to eliminate your diaper pail’s smell you could create a mixture out of white vinegar.

You will use the spray each time you empty the pail. Vinegar has a very strong smell that could block out the scent of soiled diapers. The vinegar smell shoud dissapate in a couple of days if you’re worried about smelling vinegar instead of dirty diapers.

Don’t Forget the Power of Lemon

This citrus fruit has hundreds of uses around your home so why not use it in your diaper pail? You can utilize it in removing the smell of your diaper pail. However, in this case, you will use the lemon peel in addition you would add salt to the container as well.

After creating the mix, you should put the salt-filled half lemon at the pail’s bottom. Once the lemon peel becomes a small flat mass, you should replace it.

Wash the Diaper Pail Frequently

This strategy is one way of removing the unwanted odor from the pail. Besides, this is highly helpful if you want to eradicate the bacteria or its further growth. The existence of bacteria in the pail can also hamper the proper sanitation of your home.

To kill the bacteria found in the diaper pail, you may use a bleach mixture. Ammonia can be used but it does not have antibacterial properties. If you do not have bleach at home, you may utilize a mixture of water and hot anti-bacterial soap.

Lay Fabric Softener Sheets

Instead of using mixtures and put them in the bottom of the pail, you may utilize fabric softener sheets. These are best placed on top of the soiled diapers and in the bottom of the pail. It will block the soiled diaper’s smell from escaping the bin.

Whenever selecting softener sheets, you should choose those that are free from too much perfume. Instead, select ones that utilize baking soda. Unnecessary fragrances may only make the smell of the diaper pail worse.

Follow the Two-Day Rule

There are parents who swear by the fact it is much better to empty the diaper pail every 48 hours. This recommended if you are using a cloth diaper bin for dry cloth diapers. Letting the diapers sit for long will promote the build-up of bacteria.

Give Charcoal a Try

You should also try to use a charcoal in order to absorb the unwanted odor from the diaper pail. The material is known for acting as a dehumidifier. It has the ability to reduce condensation, collect moisture, and keep bacteria off your bin among others.

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