- A drop or two of tea tree oil can aid in containing odors both in the diaper pail or at laundry time. It also has cleansing and antimicrobial properties which is perfect while the diapers await washing day. Some pail liners and wetbags even have a small square of fabric sewn into the seam where you can put a drop or two of this or other essential oil. (Note: You need a large quantities of tea tree oil to completely disinfect in the wash, so is not the most economical choice for disinfecting).
- Use pail powder, also know as sprinkles, to deodorize your dirty duds by sprinkling some on the diaper each time you toss another one in.
- Deodorizing disks are also popular and you can place them in the bottom of the diaper pail or trash can and some diaper pails even have a pocket to place these in. I recommend purchasing non-toxic deodorizers such as Citrus Cloth Diaper Pail Deodorizer Disks found at many cloth diaper retailers. These discs need to be replace every 3-4 weeks, but are pretty affordable to purchase.
- Spray-on deodorizers are used in a similar way as deodorizing powders and are sprayed on soiled cloth diapers before storing them until wash day. bumGenius makes a non-toxic, biodegradable spray-on deodorizer and although they target odor-causing bacteria more so than some of the options outlined above, it does not completely eliminate them.
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