Diaper sprayers (aff link) are used to remove solid waste from cloth diapers. Poop from exclusively breast feed babies dissolves away in the wash, so it does not need to be removed before laundering your diapers. Solid poop can usually be dumped into the toilet. Then there is the "in between" poop. It's not quite plunk-able, but it needs to be disposed of in the toilet. Diaper sprayers entered the market to help make the process of cleaning cloth diapers easier.
- Put dirty diaper into the toilet*
- Use your plunger and agitate the diaper in the water. This will loosen the poop and cause it to come off into the water
- Remove the diaper from the water **
- Place diaper into a wet bag or diaper pail until laundry day
*Remove pocket diaper inserts before this process. You only need to rinse diaper components that have poop on them.
**See below for tools to use in this process
Although the plunger method is closely tied to traditional cleaning methods, we have some great tools to make the process easier. To remove the diaper from the water, you can use an inexpensive (and dedicated) pair of tongs. There is also a new product called Diaper Dawgs (aff link) that allows you to reach into the toilet, grab the diaper, and avoid touching toilet water.
Diaper Liners and Dump itAnother alternative, is to use disposable diaper liners (aff link) at each diaper change. I'm not a fan of liners because sometimes poop still gets onto the sides of the cloth diaper and the diaper needs to be rinsed. However, a diaper liner can keep the majority of the poop off of the diaper and make poop disposal very easy. I try to avoid disposable products when I'm cloth diapering, but liners have been a significant part of many cloth diaper users' success stories.
Remember, even disposable diapers instruct you to dump the poop: this is not exclusive to cloth diapers.
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