Storing Dirty Cloth Diapers: Pails and Wetbags {Video}


When you use cloth diapers you are always going to end up with the same result: a dirty, stinky diaper.

Unlike throwaway diapers that go into your trash bin, cloth diapers need their own storage solution. While you can certainly go the cheapest route and either toss them into an empty washer until you have a full load (but then what do you do when you need to wash clothes?!) or a trash can with no liner (you’ll need to periodically wash it out) there are more stylish and practical options.

GroVia Perfect Pail
GroVia Perfect Pail
Wet bags

Wet bags are the most popular choice for most cloth diapering families. They are cheaper than buying a pail and reusable liners and they can be moved around when needed. They travel with you when you need them or stay hanging on your door knob at home. They also come in large sizes for use at home to store many days worth like the Planet Wise and GroVia Perfect pail shown in the video- or come smaller for day trips like the practical and stylish Maxwell Designs diaper clutch. They’re also nice because you can find them in prints that coordinate with your decor if you choose. They’re waterproof and most zip close, however the Perfect Pail has a slit opening. You may be worried that without a zipper closure it would smell but often, diapers smell less when the pail or bag is slightly vented!

Ubbi Diaper Pail

Diaper Pails

Diaper Pails are harder to find when you use cloth. Many big name brands are made for disposables only, and even if you try to use them the openings are too small for cloth diapers to fit through. I featured the Ubbi pail in the video- this brand works with disposable and cloth diapers! You can buy a reusable pail liner to use with it but I’ve heard from fans of this product that other reusable liners can work with it as well. The other bonus of the Ubbi is that it’s powder coated steel and won’t absorb odors like plastic pails.  I prefer a pail because I like having a solid structure to dump my diapers into, one with a permanent home. I also featured my own Diaper Dekor that I “hacked” to fit elastic edged pail liners, like the Wahmies brand shown. If you are on a tighter budget you might also consider a simple lidded trash can! Certain sizes work best to fit elastic edged pail liners so keep that in mind while shopping.

Bummis Fabulous Wet Bag
Bummis Fabulous Wet Bag

You can also do a combination- often people will keep a smaller hanging wet bag (like the Fabulous Bummis wet bag shown in the video) in the bathroom to store the freshly sprayed diapers, rather than walking them all the way to their child’s room. And even pail users will still need travel sized wetbags.

Either route you choose can go high end or low- it is up to your budget and your tastes! Wet bags and liners will see a lot of wear and tear, more than your diapers even since you often only have a couple in rotation. You might find that you have to retire them before your child’s diaper days are done.

Stay tuned for giveaways, including a GroVia Perfect Pail, this weekend!
Some items shown were sent free of charge for the video. No other compensation was received.

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  • Samantha

    I love my planet wise wet bags for travelling and I use a regular trash can with a planet wise pain liner at home. Its easy to just take the whole bag, dump it into the wash and throw the bag in too to clean everything. It definitely started to stink up my daughters room so I just moved it to the laundry room and that room doesn’t smell, only when you open the pain. When I travel for a few days and use the big wet bag for all the diapers that to me seems worse smell wise than my pail, so Im happy we use the pain at home… but the wets bags are also super easy to clean. My pail liner dries faster outside than the wetbags though, just another pro in the pail liner column!

  • M. Tanner

    We use the Kissas Liner and it works great. It has an elastic top that stretches around the top of the pail.

    I’ve been changing diapers in the bathroom so long that it seems weird to me that people do it in the kids’ rooms. Once my son’s poo needed to be sprayed it seemed like the logical choice to move it all to the bathroom. Rubber gloves are one of the top reasons I have stuck with cloth diapering for so long. I can squeeze the water out of the diaper after spraying and there is no risk of dripping.

    • M. Tanner

      Oh, and it’s really helpful to have two pail liners so you have a place to put any dirty diapers while the other liner is being washed.

    • kimrosas

      One of the videos next week will talk about Poop Avoidance. Sounds like you need a Spray Pal!
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • Laura B

    Thanks for posting this video! We will be cloth diapering our first due in Dec and I have been trying to decide which type of dirty storage to try.
    I would ideally like the Ubbi but have read bad reviews of the Ubbi cloth bag on Amazon. Any idea which other brand wet bags would fit in the Ubbi? Is it necessary for it to have a drawstring on the top since it looks like the Ubbi opening is much smaller than most regular trashcans?
    Thanks anyone for your input!

  • meljc

    We originally used disposable diapers so we already had a Diaper Dekor Plus. We now use it for cloth (lined with an elasticized liner) but my only challenge is that sometimes it won’t hold our full three days of dirties. It also seals SO well that I think the odor is worse unless i crack the lid. But overall it works well.

    I am, however, a total wetbag junkie. I currently have two wipe pouches, one small, two medium (one with a tiny PUL hole), three wet/dry (one that isn’t water-tight enough rinsed diapers and one that is partially melted after catching fire!), and three XL hanging (one with a tiny PUL hole). In part my oversized wetbag collection reflects the relatively faster wear you referenced. But another culprit is the search for a wetbag that can REALLY hold in wetness. I personally think that sealed seams are a must, after inadvertently buying some very nice WAHM wetbags that lack that feature.

    • kimrosas

      Yes when it comes to holding in that wetness 100% sealed seams are a must. For a short day trip on the smaller sizes it isn’t as big of a concern…. but for a larger bag yes you want them sealed.