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i am just a little pleased with myself.  that is all.  i scored one of these babies on craigslist for $30.  “that’s nice miranda.  what is it?”

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it’s my super duper diaper pail.  a compact, haier washer.  i was having problems with my dipers retaining smell.  so i broke down and bought the recommended soap.  there was still smell.  so i surfed around the internet, and much to my dismay, i was told i need to store my diapers wet.  and what was worse, i had to change this said, wet, poopy compound nightly.  horror.  fortunately, i stumbled upon this bit of profundity: just keep your diapers in your washing machine.  (under the presupposition that you don’t use it constantly, all day long.)  so i thought to myself, fine, i will get two washers.  nothing wrong with that, there are free washers on craigslist all the time.  genius.  then i stumbled on this baby.  i just throw my diapers in, soak them in a bit of oxi-clean free or baking soda, and spin and refresh every night – all with no touchy touchy.

i haven’t had any trouble since.  but whether you use a compact washer or a full size, i think it is the only way to fly.  there are no odors and no rinsing poop off into my toilet.  i have an official poop machine, just for poop.  hooray.

don’t you know?  this is america, you can have two washing machines if you want them (and can get your husband to haul it home and down a flight of stairs).  😉

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11 Responses to “la”


  1. 1 mom November 12, 2008 at 7:30 am

    i have seen it. it is so cute. it is 1/4 the size of a normal washing machine. it sits next to the big machine. it is so cool. i dont know how she came across it on craigs list. divine help.

  2. 2 Angela November 12, 2008 at 9:13 am

    but what is it? Is it just a small washing machine or a specific, poop dissolving machine for diapers?

  3. 3 mavis November 12, 2008 at 10:01 am

    just a small washing machine. i kept hearing people say that you shouldn’t have to rinse your diapers out in the toilet, you should “let your machine do all the work”. my husband didn’t believe them and thought women were all the same.

    this way, we are both satisfied. i dump any solids in the toilet (whatever is convicted by the force of gravity) and the rest i throw in the wash to soak. at night i hit spin and change out the water, adding more baking soda. by wash day, there are no poopy remains and i throw the whole lot in the big washer for a rinse/wash/rinse cycle. there are no odors coming from a diaper pail, no buckets to lug around, no smells embedded in my diapers and no rinsing, dunking or swishing. if you are a woman of delicate sensibilities, i would recommend it. but i understand that most people are made of sterner stuff.

  4. 4 miriam November 12, 2008 at 10:32 am

    If I had read this about 3 years ago, we may have gone cloth. Maybe.

  5. 5 amy November 12, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    my comment has nothing to do with this post…however, you are brave for going with cloth. my mom did it, so i’m sure that someday i COULD (i need a husband and kids first :)) but i would also need something like this to make it bearable! i was wondering if you have a copy of your nursing cover tutorial? i made one once before with your tutorial bur now i can’t find it! pretty please? feel free to email me if it would be easier for you. thank you, thank you!

  6. 6 Janae November 12, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Hi, I’m your mother-in-law’s(Gayla?) cousin’s(Laurel) daughter(Janae). Pretty cool, right? Anyway, I just started doing cloth diapers. This idea for a mini-washer is great!

    If you have any other de-stink advice, could you share it sometime?

    Your blog is great, funny, and very entertaining. My mom and I are big fans.

  7. 7 Judy November 13, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Good for you!

    What a wonderful “convenience”.

  8. 8 mavis November 13, 2008 at 11:13 am

    janae – howdy. long time no see. 😉 i think i use fuzzi bunz like you (i was checking out your blog, fun, fun.) but a big stink factor is just the soap. i had to go to allen’s naturally and seriously put in only a teaspoon and a half. it just doesn’t seem right, but such is the case. soaking in baking soda also helps. who knew cloth diapering was a science? it took me by surprise too.

  9. 9 tiffany November 13, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I’m having serious washer envy. *sigh* After 4.5 years of doing this (although I’m getting a reprieve right now.) I still haven’t found a pail solution I am happy with. My diapers smell fine after they are washed, it is just the before part where they sit in the pail in the bathroom making it smell like you are camping. Not so good. Nothing I craigslist in my area though….sad.

  10. 10 mavis November 14, 2008 at 11:05 am

    tiffany – you might try this. i never really had a problem with pail odor storing them dry. it was just in the diapers themselves (from storing them dry). a definite no win. but if you do, i liked this method a lot. i the laundry basket never retained odor. i had the liner in a regular pail and it stank within one day, even when i took everything out. plus, with the little ventilation in the lid no fumes build up. also, i used to keep our disposable diaper garbage out the back door in the summer time or in the garage off the kitchen. you know, smell no evil, see no evil.


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