My goal in this blog (and in my life) is to keep things simple, inexpensive and real – out of necessity! So when I find a problem in the home that needs fixing…my FIRST goal is to do it for as little money as possible, SECONDLY to make it as easy as possible.
I’m prefacing this post by saying this because my diaper solution is about as simple and cheap as it gets, which might make some people wonder why I’m writing an entire post about it…but to me it was a proud moment when, after a year of searching, I came up with this.
Disposing of dirty diapers while keeping the house/nursery smelling good is a thorn in just about every mother’s side. And the older your child gets (and more solid food they consume), the tougher it gets!
Trial and Error
As I begin, let me summarize my past year of diapers:
– Diaper Pail: I will say right away that I have never actually purchased a diaper pail (didn’t fit into my goal of finding the cheapest solution). Not only were the highly rated ones expensive but it was a never ending cost to buy replacement bags. But on top of the money, I hadn’t met a mother who had ever had true success with one! Most of them said that eventually the smell soaked into the plastic and stunk up the room even if there were no actual dirty diapers in it. Scratch diaper pail.
– Garbage Bag: The first thing we tried was a full sized garbage bag on the back of the door that I would take out whenever it got full. It would be fine for the first couple days (while she was exclusively nursing) but by day three (when the bag was still only half full) it would become repulsive to step into the nursery. Scratch garbage bag.
– Grocery Bag: The next thing we thought of (about the time she started solid food) was to hang a grocery bag on the back of the door and take it out at the end of every day. It was probably our most successful failure because it was cheaper then the other options (I just saved bags when I went shopping) and having diapers sit in the room one day is definitely better then three or four. But the more she switched to solid food, it would only take one stinky diaper to stink up the entire room for the rest of the day. Scratch grocery bag.
Needless to say…I was getting discouraged. But was determined to find a solution that fit both of my problem-solving goals!
This solution is simple, although slightly inconvenient, but provides not the first whiff of dirty diaper ANYWHERE in our home! Definitely worth a couple extra steps!
Solution: Screw/stick on a hook to the OUTSIDE of your back door. Hang a grocery bag on it. Any time you change a diaper, get into the habit of immediately putting it into the bag. Tie up the bag and put it into your outside garbage can whenever it gets full (usually every 2-3 days). DONE!
I have found that this is not only inexpensive (free if you save your grocery bags every time you shop), eliminates any odor on the inside of your home, and also isn’t strong enough to spread an offensive odor into the backyard. YAY!
So, of course, I would love to know if you have any feedback or if you have come up with any other cheap, simple solutions to this mothering issue! Thank you!