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What do I do with Dirty Cloth Diapers


You need to store them some how until laundry day!

Pretty piles of cloth diapers adorn your nursery, or living room, or even a bathroom shelf, but what about afterwards? What happens to a cloth diaper once it's dirty?

First, remove solids from the diaper. 

We'll go over the different ways you can remove solids, or poop, in another blog post, but before that cloth diaper goes anywhere, it needs to be empty. 

You do not need to remove exclusively breastfed poop because it is water soluable and should wash out without any difficulties. 

Second, place in a dirty diaper bag or bin.

There's two options for storing your dirty cloth diapers before laundry day.  

  • Hanging Wet Bag
  • Large garbage bin or recycling bin or laundry bin with or without a pail liner. 

Both of these options are great choices for any family, and it will really come down to a few personal factors around budget, space, and general preferences. 

Whatever you choose, you need to make sure your dirty cloth diapers have the ability to breathe. Letting your wet bag stay open, or keeping the lid off of a bin, helps keep the cloth diaper smell from becoming unbearable. There will always be some smell because it is dirty cloth diapers, but it will be less if you have air flow. 

Which is why, the Nuggles Utility Bag features a small pocket that allows just enough air flow to get to your diapers to reduce the smell. You can also add a charcoal filter or a little puff of essential oils to keep the smell down. 

At Nuggles, we love our hanging wetbags and we offer them because they are  dirty diaper storage solution that fits seemlessly into our every day lives. We tried bins and pails, but they just take up extra space we aren't really to sacrifice in our small homes. 


What if I leave the House?

When you're headed out and bringing cloth diapers with you, pack along a small wet bag for storing the dirties. A small wet bag like the Nuggles On-the-go Wet/Dry Bag provides a convinent waterproof bag to keep the diaper's wet in and not all over the bag. 

Unlike your home bag, zip up the bag to contain the smell, and when you get home dump the contents in your larger utility bag.

The best part about the Nuggles On-the-go Wet/Dry Bag is it features two pockets, one for storing your clean diapering supplies from the diaper to the wipes to the bum cream and liners, and another for your dirty diaper. The newest prints offer seam-seal technology making the inner bag waterproof. 

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Bailey Bouwman

Bailey is a mom of two young and wild children living in the cold tundra of Northern BC. She had no idea what to do with her life and fell in love with cloth diapering where she continues her passion here at Nuggles as the Director of Happiness.