How to Dispose of Diapers

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How to Dispose of Diapers

You probably know the basics of how to dispose of a diaper, but we're here to give you some extra tips and tricks. There's actually a "proper" way to dispose of a diaper,  so hopefully, this blog post will make diaper changing easier.

How to Dispose of Diapers Properly

There are 5 basic steps to dispose of dirty diapers properly:

  1. Dump the contents of the diaper into the toilet
  2. Wrap the diaper back up to avoid spillage
  3. Seal the diaper in a container if you're not around a disposal
  4. If you are, dispose of the diaper immediately
  5. Remember to wash your hands!

Proper Diaper Disposal: Why It's Important

Human waste is not supposed to end up in landfills, so as parents, we must ensure we take the proper measures to dispose of it.  

Dumping a diaper's contents in the toilet before wrapping one up is essential because the spread of human waste has the potential to be a public health hazard. Wrapping the diaper into a tight ball prevents it from coming undone and having the waste spread.

Placing diapers into a sealed container, such as a Diaper Genie, will help trap odors and keep your home smelling fresh. If you don't have a diaper genie, use a plastic bag or doggie bag and leave them outside– away from where pets or animals can  reach them– until they're ready to go into the bin.

Disposing of Diapers On the Road or On a Plane

When you need to change your little one's diaper on the road, pack some sealable plastic bags into your diaper bag. Use a sick bag when you're on a plane and don't have a sealable plastic bag. You can also use doggie or grocery bags to put your diapers in.

Next, locate a waste bin. This could be a park trash can, public trash can, or a friend's outdoor trash can. On a plane, place soiled diapers into the lavatory bin or ask a flight attendant how to dispose of dirty diapers onboard. 

Also, check your local waste management regulations before disposing of dirty diapers.

Is It Illegal to Throw Away Diapers?

Technically no, but according to the World Health Organization's guidelines, putting human waste straight into the trash is not super wise. Throwing away diapers is most appropriate at home.

Key Takeaways 

Improperly disposing of diapers could be a health risk for you and your family and others. Follow the steps above to keep everyone safe and healthy.