The expense of cloth diapers isn’t limited to the purchase of the diapers or the detergent—you do need a couple extra tools for the process:
• Diaper pail
• Diaper pail liners
• Wet bags
Instead of a hamper I use a white plastic lidded garbage can, the kind with the flip-up-lid push-pedal. I’ve heard of some people throwing their cloth diapers in a plastic bin with water to soak before washing, but that sounds fetid to me. My diapers don’t require that but it’s a good point to research when perusing brands. Our diaper pail is also our hamper, so I throw in all of Isobel’s soiled clothes and washables in there, too.
Diaper Pail Liner
You’ll want to line your hamper with a washable diaper pail liner. Don’t be an idiot and only buy one diaper pail liner like I did. You need two: one will perpetually be in the wash while the other lines the hamper. The great thing about these is that when it comes time to do the wash you grab the whole liner, dump the diapers in the wash, and then toss in the liner itself. Your actual contact with the soiled diapers is minimal.
What the heck is a wet bag, you ask? Sounds like a helluvan insult. A wet bag is a bag for storing soiled diapers in the diaper bag. It is specially made to be waterproof on the inside so that soiled cloth diapers don’t leak waste all over the contents of your diaper bag. You will need at least two of these as well. You’ll want an extra one of these hanging around if you have one in the wash.
The wet bag, like the diaper pail liner, can go directly into the wash along with the contents of the bag. Super nifty! Add to that the plethora of luscious fabrics to choose from, and they are one of my favorite things to purchase for baby. I mean, look at these:
You can find a bunch of these on etsy if you do a search for ‘wet bag.’ They come in lots of sizes (I recommend owning at least two large), and they have all sorts of uses beyond the diaper bag as well, particularly for carting wet bathing suits around after a swim.
I suppose you could always use some sort of plastic bag to store your used diapers in, but
1. wet bags are reusable, making them environmentally sound
2. wet bags can be used for other things, so they are versatile
3. plastic bags run the risk of leaking, which is EW GROSS
4. wet bags are gorgeous!
Next up, the Cloth Diaper FAQ and Resources post!