How to Dispose of a Diaper The Right Way?


Diaper changing can be challenging for new parents, but it is easy to master. On the other hand, proper disposal is a bit tricky if you don't know how. Thus, I have created this article on how to dispose of a diaper properly for new parents and parents-to-be alike.


How to Dispose of A Diaper

1. When At Home

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 Diaper changing and disposal is definitely a lot easier when you're at home. The easiest and most convenient option you have is to use a diaper pail. (If you don't know which brand to use, here's an article to help you out)

Using a diaper pail is easy. Simply, you close up the soiled diaper and drop it down the bin. An opening mechanism will differ between different brands, so choose one that is easiest for you (perhaps a foot lever, or button style pail).

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But how do you use a diaper pail properly?

Here are a few tips on the use of your diaper pail:

  • Replace the bag regularly when it is just about full to prevent overflowing
  • Close up the diaper using its adhesive tags to prevent waste from spilling
  • Sanitize your diaper pail regularly to prevent bacteria growth
  • Choose a diaper pail that has good odor-locking technology to keep the room odor-free
  • Diaper pails with foot levers are better to use; this way, you don't have to touch the bin and prevent spread of bacteria
  • Invest in a good quality diaper pail
  • If you can, throw poop down the toilet before putting the diaper in the pail to reduce odor

On the other hand, if you don't want to use diaper pail, there's a proper way to dispose of a diaper, too.

You can use a regular sealed trash can instead of a diaper pail. Just make sure to wrap up the diaper tightly using its adhesives (if possible, wrap it up in old newspaper to prevent spillage) before throwing it out.

A good tip to reduce odor and spillage is to flush down the poop inside the diaper, if you're not rushing, as this will prevent the bad smell from wafting upwards when you open the bin.

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2. When Outside

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Disposing of diapers when you're outside is a bit trickier. In this case, using a sealable plastic bag is the gold standard to prevent odor from escaping. So, make sure to pack a few pieces in your baby bag every time you go out. You can also pack a few in the car to make sure you always have extra pieces.

When your baby soils his diaper, roll it up carefully and seal it with the adhesives. Then, put it in the plastic bag and make sure to seal that tightly as well to prevent spills.

Now, where do you dispose of your dirty diaper? The most appropriate locations are outdoor bins, bathroom waste bins, dumpsters, or a friend's bin (with consent, of course). If you cannot find a proper waste bin, carry it in your bag until you get home, but don't make sure you don't squish it.

You should, however, not dispose of your diaper bag in restaurants, offices, outdoors, or recycling bins. It's both not polite nor hygienic.

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Can You Compost Your Diapers?

This special section is meant for parents who want to help the environment and choose a greener option to dispose their diapers.

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1. Disposable Diapers

If you're one of the majority of parents that use disposable diapers, then you can use your tot's dirty ones for fertilizing purposes. Of course, this would take more effort, but it can help reduce solid waste and help the environment somehow.

The idea is simple: wet diapers (not those with poop) can be used to fatten up flowers, trees, and bushes-- but never for vegetable, herb, or fruit gardens. Simply tear open the diaper and let the cotton-y components inside fall onto your compost pile. Discard the remaining parts of the diaper in the regular trash.

2. Compostable Diapers

Some companies offer an environmentally-option for parents with compostable diapers. These are specially made diapers that can be composted efficiently and effectively, so make sure to check that out online if you want to be greener.

Moreover, these companies also offer a diaper pick-up service so you can set aside your dirty compostable diapers for them to pick up. Easy and environmentally-friendly!

What About Reusable Diapers

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Use of reusable diapers increase the amount of work that a parent has to do, but it will greatly reduce your carbon footprint.

Many stores offer reusable cloth diapers, which you can launder and reuse again and again. It's a bit tedious because you have to throw out the solid waste, rinse, wash, rinse again, then dry your reusable diapers. But if you can manage the extra work, it can be a more economical option.

For toddlers however, that can notify you when they need to go number two, you can use these cloth diapers only for pee. This will both reduce your laundry time and reduce bacteria spread.

PRO TIP: Using cloth diapers can greatly reduce diaper rash, which is a common occurrence for disposable diapers.


  • Remember to wash your hands before and after changing your baby
  • When using a public changing table, sanitize it first before laying down your baby
  • Potty train your baby as soon as you can
  • Make sure your changing table is always clean


This article is meant to help out new parents and parents-to-be on the subject of diaper disposal. If you follow all the information above, then diaper changing is an easy obstacle to cross. After all, it's one of the tasks we always need to do as parents.

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Rosanna Mai

I am a new parent with a 1 year old and my husband's lives. Although still new to parenthood, I can give a lot of valuable info on financial management in the home, DIY projects to save money, and generally the frugal way of living.

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