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How to Dispose of Disposable Diapers Properly

By Amanda Knaebel ; Updated June 13, 2017
Disposing of soiled diapers properly helps protect the environment.

Disposable diapers provide parents with convenience compared to having to store soiled cloth diapers for home laundering or a diaper service. Disposable diapers also contain an absorbent gel that helps soak up moisture, keeping your baby drier than cloth diapers, explains Ilona J. Frieden, M.D., director of pediatric dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. If you decide to use disposable diapers, properly getting rid of them helps you remain sanitary and minimizes odor and environmental impact.

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Dump solid waste from your baby’s diaper in the toilet whenever possible. Removing feces from the diaper before disposing of it can help minimize odor and bacteria.

Roll the diaper in on itself to contain the soiled area inside, and tape it closed with the flaps.

Place the diaper in a diaper pail with a liner and a secure lid when you change your baby’s diaper at home.

Remove the liner, and place it in an outdoor garbage can.

Sanitize the inside of the pail with an all-purpose cleaner and paper towels to keep it sanitary and smelling fresh.

Seal soiled diapers in a plastic bag when you must change your baby’s diaper on an airplane, in the wilderness or anywhere else where you do not have access to a trash can, recommends Laura Sutherland, family travel writer for BabyCenter.

Throw the plastic bag in an outdoor trash can or bathroom can as soon as possible.

Things You Will Need

  • Diaper pail
  • Diaper pail liners
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags


Wash or sanitize your hands after disposing of your baby’s diapers or cleaning your diaper pail.

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About the Author

Amanda Knaebel is a self-professed gadget geek and loves all things tech, both new and old. Amanda has been working as a freelance writer for over 10 years on topics including technology, health, fitness, nutrition, gardening and many more. She has also worked with Fortune 50 tech and financial companies, both in technical support and content production.

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