How to “De-stink” Your Baby’s Diaper Pail!
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#TheStruggleIsReal, am I right? Any parent knows the struggle of a stinky diaper pail, and it is not a pleasant battle to take on.
Recently, on Facebook, there was a mom who posted her struggle with this issue and posted a plea for help! She stated that she had her pail outside soaking in bleach for a few days and it was still bad after a few washes, nothing was removing the smell. I passed this hack on to her and it actually was the reason why I decided to post this on my blog, after realizing that many moms on the board were having the same problem. Now, please note: this hack does WORK… however you will need to repeat it at minimum 1x (or 2x) a month, just as you would clean your toilets on a regular basis. No matter what “hack” you try, if you neglect to clean it on a regular basis you will always have a stink issue.
Here are a few quick steps you can take in order to “de-stink” that pail, and keep lingering odors at bay.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Cleaning Vinegar (or regular white vinegar)
- 1 piece of bread (any bread, use the “tops” no one eats)
- Spray Bottle
- Coffee Filter
- Baking Soda
- Small piece of ribbon or twine
- trash bag/ diaper pail bag (depending on the brand and what it uses)
- OPTIONAL: Essential oil of choice (to add fragrance) like Lavender or Citrus
(*if your diaper pail is brand new, skip the first 2 steps; chances are you are reading this, because it is not new and it is super stinky!)
- Spray down empty pail with cleaning vinegar. You can pour some to the bottom to sit, and use a spray bottle to get the inside of the lid etc. Let it sit for a few hours. **If you are able to let it sit for a whole day, that’s even better. Leave the lid open if possible to help it air out as it sits, but if it’s too much to handle (smell) go ahead and close it. **Cleaning vinegar has 1% stronger acidity than regular distilled vinegar, it does not sound like much but that extra 1% is powerful! This is why I prefer it, but if you do not have it on hand regular distilled vinegar will work. It will both remove odors and sanitize the pail as well. (I keep a spray bottle of cleaning vinegar in my kitchen at all times to disinfect without using harsh chemicals, when needed)
- After a few hours (or better yet, a whole day), wash this all out. Preferably in your shower or tub, so you can use hot water. Once done – let dry (or dry off with paper towels)
- Make a Baking Soda Sachet: Pour a generous amount of baking soda into your coffee filter (fill the bottom, as pictured). Place a few drops of your essential oil at this point – if you have chosen to use it, although it’s not necessary; seal with twine or ribbon (or a rubber band). Drop this sachet into your empty diaper pail. If you do not have coffee filters, tissue paper also works! (You can use these sachet’s in shoes too, just place them in daily after you remove your shoes and set them aside at time of use)
- Pour vinegar onto your piece of bread (soaked) and place that piece of bread directly into your new trash bag/diaper pail bag/liner. Anytime you replace the bag, add a new piece of bread with vinegar and discard the old one along with your diapers. Close your pail and you are ready for use!
As with any bag full of dirty diapers… when you remove the bag to throw it away you are obviously going to smell something, lol! This trick/hack however is a fantastic way to keep your actual pail from soaking up those smells and making them almost impossible to remove later (or having that smell fill the air in the room/nursery). I would highly suggest repeating this at least 1x a month (or 2x) (clean & add new sachet). And as mentioned above, add a new piece of bread every time you change the bag. You can always make a second sachet with baking soda and add it to the bag along with the bread and vinegar, if you want an extra little boost.
*Depending on your baby’s “potty”- some people may have to do this more often at times. REAL TALK: We have all experienced explosive messes that need to go directly into a HAZMAT bag and into a fiery blaze somewhere far… far away, and should NOT remain in the diaper pail for a few days until the bag is changed out!
Let me know if this little hack has helped! Feel free to comment or send me a message (click contact me above) to let me know. Do you have any other tricks for diaper pail odors?