Soiled Nappy Storage

Pailing Nappies

A dry pail is something to hold dirty nappies until they are washed. The ideal dry pail is storage without a lid and is plastic so that it can be washed easily and doesn’t rust.

Remove soiling (poo) with toilet paper and flush, then rinse anything remaining, either in the laundry sink or in a bucket in the laundry sink and tip the water down the toilet. This doesn’t need to be done immediately after the nappy has been changed during the day, it can be all done at the end of the day. After doing this you can either:

1) Put the nappies straight in for a pre wash cycle.

2) Or spin the nappies in the washing machine to remove excess water, and put them into the pail until pre wash.

Removing this excess water helps reduce the development of ammonia and potential for mould growth.

Wet Bags

Wet bags are water resistant bags made of PUL, which can be used for storing soiled nappies while out or during the day. They are also useful for wet swim wear and clothing.

What is wet pailing?

Decades ago wet pailing was the most common method of dirty nappy storage. This is no longer a suitable or needed option. Napisan previously contained sodium hypochlorite (the active ingredient in bleach which sanitises), it no longer does, so the modern Napisan/Vanish does not sanitise. Wet pailing poses a drowning risk, creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to flourish, constant soaking of nappies degrades them prematurely and is more labour intensive.