ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

DIY Cloth Diaper Pail

Updated on February 25, 2015

When we made the decision to start cloth diapering, we found out that in addition to the cost of all of those diapers (totalling $340) we would need to have a diaper pail and wet bags to make laundering and diapering out and about easy and odour free.

So I decided to create my own diaper pail. Why? I’m cheap and paying $69 for something I could create myself for less than $20 seemed silly. Plus most of the components I can repurpose in the future.

For a DIY diaper pail to work though, it had to have a few necessary functions:

1) a washable, removable liner
2) odour blocking
3) easy to open (while holding a poopy diaper)

so I set out looking at available diaper pails and came up with a list of a few cheap products at Wal-mart that would fulfill everything on our list and start off our cloth diapering journey.

Materials (linked to similar products):

- Step Can
- activated carbon
- pantyhose (I bought knee highs)
- PUL (waterproof fabric) or Wet Bag

Steps:

1. Double up the pantyhose then fill with 1/2 cup of activated carbon. Tie off the top end.


2. Measure inner dimensions of step can and create open ended wet bag (with elastic around top hem). Instructions here. Alternatively you could use a ready-made wet bag that is an appropriate size.


3. Place DIY carbon filter in bottom of inner can then line with wet bag, pulling elasticized edge over top.


4. Your diaper pail is ready to use!

My favourite thing about this diaper pail is that it has a foot lever to open the top, so I don’t have to try to open any clasps or lift off a lid while holding a diaper and keeping a squirmy baby on her change pad. The bin is not airtight so that there isn’t any risk of mildew forming and I was worried this would mean that odours would still escape but we have been using the original filter I made in October and still have no odours in her room.

Notes:
- Another possibility for a liner bag is a mesh laundry bag, which can then be tossed directly into the wash. If using this method, find a way to attach carbon filter to inside the top lid of step can.
- Activated carbon is used as a filter in aquariums, but it has all of the same properties as charcoal.
- To wash: remove wet bag from bin and push diapers out into washer while turning wet bag inside out (meaning no touching dirty diapers!)

For washing diapers, we use soapnuts. They are low sudsing and can be used in high efficiency washers, but contain no chemicals so they will not irritate sensitive baby skin. They work by releasing naturally occurring saponin when the shells are softened by hot water. For diapers (washed in hot water following a cold pre-rinse) we use 4-5 soapnuts in a muslin bag and for cold water washes (Emily’s clothing) I made a liquid detergent by boiling 6 cups of water with 12 soapnuts until reduced to 4 cups. At $47.25 including shipping for a 1kg bag, it works out to around $.12-.15 per load!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Angela 

      4 years ago

      This is wonderful! Can you tell me how often you would change the nylon/carbon filter?

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      armywifejen 

      4 years ago

      Anna, I used two stick on wall hooks facing opposing ways to hang a nylon filled with activated carbon. Great deodorizer!

    • profile image

      Jenn 

      4 years ago

      Great idea for the home made filter, I'm going to try it! We use soap nuts for our cloth diapers too, and love them :)

      Thanks for the tip!

    • profile image

      Anna 

      4 years ago

      I noticed in the pic of your diaper pail, there is a hook of some kind in the lid...what do you use it for?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)