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3 Natural Ways To De-Stink Your Diaper Pail

As parents, we have all been there, thinking, “How can something so small and so cute make something that smells SO bad?”

There is nothing worse than a stinky diaper pail.  The feeling of dread when you flip open the lid, and the fumes come wafting out.  The games of “rock, paper, scissors” you play with your partner, trying to get out of emptying the pail.

You could make it a game to see how quickly you can toss in a new dirty diaper without letting too much stink escape, OR, you could try our three favorite ways to keep your diaper pail smelling fresh!

DIY Diaper Pail Deodorizing Disks

You can make your own diaper pail fresheners with this simple, 3 ingredient recipe!

Here’s What You Need:

1 box baking soda 
1/2 cup distilled/boiled water 
A few drops of essential oil 
Muffin pan 
Muffin cup liners

Here’s What You Do:

Pour a few tablespoons of water into a mixing bowl, and sprinkle in a few drops of essential oil.  We love Plant Therapy’s lavender oil.

Start mixing in the baking soda until moistened, then incorporate additional water.  At this point, the mixture should be very fragrant and liquidy.  Add in more baking soda until the mixture reaches the consistency of a thick paste.

Line your muffin tin with paper muffin cup liners, and fill them with about a half an inch of the paste.  Set aside and let harden for approximately 24 hours.  When the disks are hard, you can peel back the muffin cup liner, and place in your diaper pail.  Most standard diaper pails have a little slot for deodorizing disks, and you can slide these right there for a pleasant scent every time you open the pail.

DIY Scented Towel

Find an old washcloth or rag, cloth diaper insert, or cloth wipe, and sprinkle it with a few drops of your favorite essential oil(s), such as these from doTerra!  Experiment with different scents to find out which one suits your fancy!  Toss the cloth into a freshly lined diaper pail, and enjoy the lack of stench.

DIY Diaper Pail Powder

Again, pull out your trusty favorite essential oils, and mix a few drops with about 1/3 cup of baking soda.  Depending on which essential oil you choose, you may need to add more or less oil, as some are stronger in scent than others.  Sprinkle this powder into your diaper pail every time you change the pail liner.

For more great DIY ideas, check out our MAKE section!

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Heather is the mom behind the blog, Cookies For Breakfast. Reality TV addict. Natural living enthusiast. Accidental hippie. Comedy ninja. Loves big sunglasses, seasonal cocktails, and of course, cookies for breakfast.

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