My parents where visiting us when my baby pooped. My dad immediately said that he would change her and of course, I handed my baby over. I was so relieved I didn’t have to change one more poopy diaper!
I don’t know what I dislike the most about having a kid in diapers: my baby trying to move as I change her diaper, the stinky diaper or opening the diaper pail and getting hit by an massive invisible cloud of poop smell. This last one is probably the worst.
If you’ve ever changed a diaper then you know what I’m talking about. It’s been over 3 years of changing diapers and I have tried everything out there to get rid of the diaper pail smells. Luckily I have succeeded and I’m going to share with you what has worked for us.
We use both disposable diapers and cloth diapers. For cloth we use Charlie Banana and they have a hybrid diaper system where you can use on layer of cloth and on top a small liner or a thin disposable pad. When we’re at home I mostly just use cloth but if we’re getting close to the time when my baby poops I’ll use a disposable.
This means we have a diaper pail for the poop diapers and a bucket for the cloth diapers that are going to be washed later. The cloth diaper bucket doesn’t have a lid so keeping the smells under control is a must.
I like to use clean, natural and non-toxic products in my home because I want to minimize the exposure of toxic chemicals in my children so all the tips, products and methods I tried are more natural ones. Not all of what I tried worked but you’ll be surprised at how well the products I’m going to mention have worked for us when it comes to stopping the stink!
How to get rid of the bad smells from your diaper pail with natural products
Baking soda is great at neutralizing odors and has been used for ages in homes. I put about half of cup a baking soda at the bottom of the cloth diaper bucket every time I empty the bucket.
The times I’ve forgotten to do this, it smells pretty bad so now I never forget.
You can also sprinkle the baking soda inside the bag of the diaper pail. I’ve found that just keeping a baking soda box next to your diaper pail doesn’t work as well so just sprinkle it.
You can use essential oils to fight those stinky odors. The best part is that you can use whatever smells you like best.
We use Plant Therapy but any essential oil will work. I put a few drops on top of the baking soda when I’m adding them to my cloth diaper bucket and I’ll add a few drops to the bag inside of the diaper pail.
You have to do this every change you empty the pail.
This has been by far the most effective way to remove the smells. Fresh Wave has a wide range of products that make your house smell nice. They are safe, non-toxic and made with natural ingredients so if your kid (or pet) where to get to it, they would be fine.
Fresh Wave is the only air freshener I’ve found that doesn’t use harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, doesn’t contain alcohol and are 100% Phthalate free.
We use several of their products:
These stick to any surface and come with a small pouch inside that smells divine. I put one inside the lid of our diaper pail and another one on the side of our cloth diaper bucket. This does the trick and now when I open my diaper pail it smells like Fresh Wave and not poop. It’s amazing!
The best part is that these little pouches that go inside the pod have to be replaced every 30 days so I don’t have to change it often like with the baking soda.
They also have small jars that contain gel that makes an entire room smell really nice. We keep one in each bathroom. We used to just have them in the bathroom where we had the changing pad but it’s worked so well that now I have them on both bathrooms and one in the kitchen.
Since we’re talking about poop I have to tell you about their spray. I keep one on top of our toilet and have instructed my husband to spray the bathroom after he’s done using it. It makes all the bad smells go away without you breathing in nasty chemicals or endocrine disruptors.
Plus if you need to walk in right after someone has pooped it won’t smell bad. It’s win! 🙂
Those are my tips! The baking soda plus the pod is a must for our cloth diaper bucket and the pod is a must for our diaper pail, it really does the trick if you stick it to the lid.
We really like these products not only because they work, but because they are safe so although we started using them as a diaper pail solution we now have them throughout the house.
Have you found any other ways to remove poop smells from your diaper pail? Leave a comment!
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