How to Dispose of Disposable Diapers Properly

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.

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 1.

Roll the diaper in on itself to contain the soiled area inside, and tape it closed with the flaps 1.

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.


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