We use a dry pail to store dirty diapers in and have enough diapers to wash every third day. As long as she is breastfeeding there is no toilet dunking or spraying the poopy diapers out! Everything goes in the washer on a short cold cycle first and then on a longer hot cycle to get squeaky clean. Line drying is preferred, but they can even go in the dryer! Everything comes at a cost to the environment, but washing these diapers (especially in an energy efficient washer) is undoubtedly the lesser of the evils.
Still not convinced?? Here are a few facts about cloth vs disposable diapers from DiaperShops...
- Over 27 billion disposable diapers are sold and 92% of them are put into landfills in the US.
- It is estimated that it takes between 500-700 years for a disposable diaper to decompose, under optimal conditions.
- Disposable diapers use twenty times more solid waste than cloth.
- Disposable diapers use twice as much water in manufacturing than cotton diapers require for washing.