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Home Remedy for Stinky Diaper Pails

Posted Oct 24 2011 11:55am

How to deodorize a stinky diaper pail Whoo-eee! If you’re using conventional diapers (i.e., non-cloth), then you know that that diaper pail sure can get stinky. The one in my house is so nasty, it could wake the dead. That is why we put it near the front door, so that it can knock out guests as they walk in, enabling us to ransack their pockets for extra cash. Just kidding. Not really. We use compostable diapers and have a compostable diaper service pick ours up every week, but just because we’re being environmentally friendly doesn’t mean that that pervasive stink doesn’t still waft itself into our nostrils each week. Thank goodness for Tuesday afternoons, when Earth Baby comes along and takes them away! Of course, then the diapers just pile up all over again.

Anyway, I’ve got a way to remedy that stink. Yes, the world of Aromatherapy offers us effective and natural solutions that you can make at home to combat those putrid poopie smells, and it just so happens to work on carpets, too (but I’ll write about carpet blends next time). All you need is about 8 ounces of baking soda, a plastic Ziploc baggie, and 45-60 drops of the essential oil (or oils) of your choice. But don’t just pick ANY essential oils for the diaper pail…pick ones that are also strongly disinfectant, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Also pick some that have a strong scent profile. What do I mean by that? Well, as an example, Anise essential oil (Pimpinella anisum) smells very nice and licorice-y, but it has a very low-key scent – it will be easily overpowered by the stench of doody. That’s the equivalent of sending in a mosquito to fight a cannonball.

The essential oils that I DO like to send into battle are: Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Clove (Szyzygium aromaticum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Cinnamon (Cinnamonum zeylanicum), to name just a few. Here are two of my example blends:

Blend #1: A Little Medicine to Make the Poopie Go Down

  • 10 drops Thyme
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops Sage
  • 10 drops Rosemary
  • 10 drops Tea Tree
  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • Put 8 ounces of baking soda into a plastic baggie.
  • Add the essential oils listed above.
  • Zip up the baggie and shake around, until the essential oils are thoroughly mixed in with the baking soda. This will end up smelling very herby and medicinal.
  • Sprinkle about half into the bottom of the diaper pail.
  • Then, as you add used diapers, keep sprinkling more powder in to further neutralize the smells.

 Blend #2: A Very Spicy Diaper Pail Indeed

  • 20 drops Clove (Szyzygium aromaticum)
  • 20 drops Cinnamon (Cinnamonum zeylanicum)
  • 20 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Follow the same instructions as above. This blend will come out smelling slightly festive and Christmas-y. Kind of strange, I know. But I find it kind of absorbs the poopie smell better, rather than just muscling past it.

What do YOU do at home to remedy stinky diaper pail odeur? I’m always looking for new suggestions, so I welcome your comments!


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