Are you tired of dunking all the couch cushions in Fabreeze before visitors arrive? Are you weary of the welcoming stench of “A Baby Lives Here” when you walk through the door? Oh, the fecal funk.
Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to place our offspring’s post-digestive matter inside a solid 24-karat gold diaper pail with 5,000 rubies, sapphires, and diamonds like the royal family. (I could only afford the one with 3,000 rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. #itHurts)
For all the plebeians out there forced to put their baby’s extra excrement into unadorned and unsparkly trash containers…this post is for you.
4 Strategies to Get Rid of the Terrible Diaper Pail Smell
Nothing says “welcome to parenthood” like the whiff of sulfur anus in the morning. There are 4 typical approaches to tackling this issue in your home.
- Using Common Sense
- Using Home Remedies
- Using Essential Oils
- Using Tough-Grade I-Mean-Business Products
Let me break each of those down into 22 specific stinky diaper pail solutions.
5 Common Sense
Stinky Diaper Pail Solutions
These solutions use the “common sense” approach to problem solving. I still thought I’d mention them, though, because when you’re averaging 5 hours a sleep at night, “sense” really isn’t all that common.
After all, that’s why you have me.
To obviously state the obvious to those who are oblivious of the fact they are obvious. (You got that, right?)
- Throw poopy diapers directly into the outside bin (you know, for the neighbors), or dump the solids directly into the toilet before tossing the diaper itself.
- Every evening spray a disinfectant spray, like Lysol, into the pail.
- Vow to never allow the diaper count to rise above 10 or 12 before removing.
- Change all diapers in the same spot, so all dirty diapers go in the same bin and you avoid a “surprise” in the guest bathroom 2 weeks later.
- Change your disposable brand every few months. Seems strange, but many parents swear this helps!
9 Home Remedies for
Horrific Diaper Pail Odors
So what do you do if the common sense approaches are a no-go? (After all, let’s be honest, I don’t care how crappy the room smells, I’m not heading outside after every diaper change… #LikeItIs)
Try some of these, instead:
- Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the diaper pail every time you take out the full bag.
- Put a coffee filter in the bottom of the diaper pail.
- Toss in a few whole cloves.
- Put a dryer sheet in the bottom of the pail.
- Dump old coffee grounds in a plastic container and leave it in the bottom of the pail.
- Heck, toss ALL those things in the bottom of the pail at the same time… #yolo
- Keep a spray bottle of white vinegar and spray it into the pail every time you empty it. (Because you know what smells better than poo? VINEGAR POO!)
- Take a half lemon, scrape out all the flesh and fill it with salt. Then place it at the bottom of the pail, replacing it when it gets “cake-y”.
- Pick up some Multicat Litter at the grocery store and pour it into an old sock, tying it off like a ball. Then secure it to the lid of the diaper pail. (Obvious Con: Look crawling baby! a Ball Toy to chew on!)
4 Essential Oil Solutions
for Diaper Dumps
As many of you know, I’m not a “there’s an oil for that” kind of person.
I do use essential oils for a few things, but my first instinct with a headache is still Tylenol.
That said, many moms are discovering that essential oils can do some pretty cool things. Like affecting moods and disinfecting things…exactly the results you’re looking for in your diaper pail problem.
So I asked my go-to-oil-gal, Jeralyn Mulkey, to share her essential oil-remedies for a stinky diaper pail. Here are her tips:
- Add 5-10 drops of Eucalyptus oil to a cotton ball in the bottom of the pail (between the pail and the bag).
- Clean the diaper pail with a blend of hot water and several drops of OnGuard or Melaleuca.
- Diffuse some lavender in the nursery. (Bonus: it can help make babies sleepy!)
- Use the ylang-ylang on yourself… it enhances certain um… “moods” *winkwink*. Then ask your hubby to change the up-the-back poonami. (My personal favorite…)
If you’re interested in using essential oils, talk to Jeralyn on her Facebook page. She is not pushy at all. In fact, I knew her for an entire YEAR before I found out she even did essential oils. #andThat’sWhyWe’reFriends
4 Products for Code-Red
Sometimes, you just need a “buy it and use it” solution. Life is too crazy to make your own lemon-cake-deodorizers, right?
Here are a few fast “done for you” solutions:
- Pick up some pooper scooper bags. Sure, it’s for dog poo…but if it’s strong enough for a 95-lb golden retriever’s Chewbacca Chunks, it will do for your little dude’s dingleberries. (This is a MUST for the diaper bag!)
- If you’d rather not wrap up the poopy diapers separately, purchase some odor-block trash bags and call it done. You had me at “patented dual-action odor control technology”.
- Spray the diaper changing area (and inside of the pail) with Mrs. Meyer’s Everyday cleaner – it’s ecofriendly so you don’t have to feel guilty about not making your own lemon-cake-deodorizers.
- Charcoal is a natural dehumidifier – absorbing moisture, reducing condensation and bacteria, those things that cause your noise to wrinkle. This brand is an Amazon favorite.
- Purchase a new diaper pail with every baby (plastic can absorb smells over time). See below for the top three rated diaper pails on Amazon.
So there’s my list.
Twenty-two solutions for the stinky diaper pail, as promised. Your nursery is going to be the sweetest-baby-smelling room in the bouse.
What is your favorite de-stinkinator method for the diaper pail? Share it with me below!
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Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at MightyMoms.club and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007. She’s a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, has been a featured parenting expert writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, Cafe Mom, and others. If it’s 2am and you’re desperate to read SOMETHING, check out her deepest darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn’t be allowed to blog.