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Old 02-12-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

I can't find anything when I google this...is there a reason I would need an actual liner instead of just re-using a kitchen trash bag? Do they get stinkier than the PUL liners or something? When we've used sposies in the past we just threw them into the diaper pail and there was no odor ever, so it seems like putting the cloth ones into a trash sack would work just fine?

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Old 02-12-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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Re: Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

I don't use a liner at all and have no odor issues. I just clean the pail out with vinegar on ever wash day.
My pail doesn't stink even in the summer in Texas!
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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I think pail liners are much easier to manage is why. Also not wasteful and most people who CD care about that.

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Old 02-12-2012, 04:49 PM   #4
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Re: Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

Whatever works! but I will say, in the 2.5 years I have been here, I have heard numerous Mamas lamenting their diapers were mistaken for garbage and thrown out. I see it as kind of a safety measure.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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Re: Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

I think the bag would start to stink after a few days and you would have to toss it. If you want to use a liner you would only need 2 and they should last your entire CD'ing life.

I just use a step on trash can with removable insert, take the diapers to the wash and dump them then rinse out the plastic container.
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Re: Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

OMG that would be horrible!! That's enough reason for me to get a liner - thanks mama!!
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Re: Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

I just use a pail, no liner. We wipe out the pail every couple of days, or if we see poop get directly on it.
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Re: Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

A really inexpensive solution that I used several years ago was to buy a reusable laundry bag from the dollar store. I got two somewhat thick plastic reusable laundry bags with a drawstring. I could wash them with the diapers and hang dry. They aren't as durable as a more expensive pail liner, but 2 of them (for $2+tax) lasted me probably 4+ months. So if you had to replace them every 4 months for two years it would cost you approximately $12...and that's for two bags. With this baby I opted for a pail liner (because I could register for it, lol) and I just bought one. It's less convenient, but more economical
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Also check the camping section for cheap waterproof bags!
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Re: Can I use a plastic garbage bag instead of a pail liner?

I think using a plastic trashbag really goes against the principal on being green. IDK but I find it a oxymoran(sp?) to CD but then not use a reuseable pail liner. I mean you can't re-use the trashbag liner becuase they get stinky and you need to change the liner about 2-3 times a week depending how many times you wash your diapers a week. That's a lot of trashbags and waste not to mention that just costs more. A PUL liner is less than $30 and really handy. I just pull my planetwise pail liner out and carry all the dirty diapers inside it to the laundry room and when they are out of the dryer I stuff them in the pail liner again to bring upstairs where I fold them all up. Also for trips I use my pail liner to hold all my clean diapers as it's so big and then just use my large hanging wetbag for my dirty ones. It's less to clean with the liner too as you just throw it in the washer to wash instead of scrubbing out a trashcan becuase it got smelly or poo on the insides.
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