Friday, April 1, 2011

Are disposables really that convenient? Have you ever read the fine print?

Imagine a world where all disposable diapering families had to take each soiled diaper home in a baggie, take each disposable diaper to the toilet, and rinse or shake the poop off before disposing of the diaper?

Nevermind whether they all actually would do it, but do you think they'd think twice about the convenience of disposables compared to cloth diapers?  After all, part of what people think is so gross and inconvenient about cloth is having to deal with the poop, take the diaper to the toilet, etc.

Well did you happen to know that human waste is not actually supposed to end up in landfills?  The directions of the backs of each package of disposable clearly states that users are to take the diaper to the toilet and rinse or shake the poop off before throwing the diaper into the garbage! 

Here's exactly what this particular package says...(I know my photo didn't turn out nearly as clear as I'd hoped)
"Rinse or shake diaper contents into the toilet.  Wrap diaper securely inside it's back sheet before discarding into waste receptacle."
Now imagine, if families really followed the directions. (lol)  How many more disposable diaper users would be converted to cloth because they would no longer find disposables so much more convenient?

What are your thoughts?  Did you know that when using disposables you are NOT supposed to throw away the waste?

30 comments:

Heidi Maxwell said...

This is something we DO know and so merging the we do when we use disposable diapers. And it's a real pain to do with disposables. Much harder than with cloth IMO.

I am afraid that most people just roll their eyes at those important directions on e package.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately nobody reads the fine print. :( We'd have many more cloth users. :)

CC

Mindy said...

I've heard this several times, but never actually seen it on a package. Interesting stuff!

UnXpctdHappEnes said...

Here is more information to consider: http://www.ehow.com/how_7202698_dispose-disposable-diapers-properly.html

Samantha said...

My mother used disposables on me as a kid and did, indeed, follow the directions. She's always saying that my cloth diapers are about the same amount of work except I don't have to keep going out and buying more.

Catherine said...

Is it terrible that I keep thinking about going on a hunt for daycares NOT doing this and reporting them to the health department? I wonder if more would be willing to do cloth if someone actually called them out for not doing this. They are legally required to do it!

Heather Irwin said...

I used sposies on my son until he was about 4 months....just because I really didn't know about cloth. When I was using them I had no idea that you were supposed to flush the poo....so I guess its a good thing most his poo ended up on his clothes since the diapers couldn't manage to contain his EBF poo. LOL

Alison said...

So, I immediately went to my bag of Pampers Swaddlers (for emergencies only) to see the fine print but couldn't find any! However, it says the following on their webpage..."As the Pampers bag recommends, you'll want to dump bowel movements in the toilet. Then just roll the diaper into its backsheet, using the tape or fasteners to keep it closed, and dispose of it in the trash."

Am I missing something? Neither of my bags actually say this, yet their site says they should? Weird.

Kiersten said...

Here is a picture I took of a package once. It states, "Rinse or shake baby soil into the toilet."

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31660319&l=c763e1db4d&id=1527139679

Karen said...

I never knew!! Although it has occurred to me to knock of the solids, since I do it with cloth, and it means less smellys.

Timmi said...

Even if you oppose cloth diapers you could save yourself the hassle of those nasty diaper pail (which still smell horrible ) if this was done. Hmm...

lynn said...

i find cloth easier for this reason, actually. rinse or shake a disposable diaper? really? someone try it and tell me how well dumping peanut-butter consistancy poop works with dispoasables...and then, when it doesnt work, let me know how rinsing it goes. and then having to roll a soggy, dripping sposie and track it through your house to your outdoor garbage can, or even the diaper genie in your kdis room. lmao!!! cloth is this simple: swish or rinse, plop the wet diaper in a [portable hanging or second] wetbag/5-gal bucket with a lid, and then wait til wash day...oh, and that wonderful bucket/wetbag? yeah, prevents soggy, dripping diaper juice from spreading all across your cream-colored carpet. ;)

ECPI CLT Librarian said...

I have had the same experience as other moms. Several people have told me this, including my own mother, but I have yet to find a package that has these instructions. However, my husband (the sposie user) does not dump the poop. One time I grabbed the sposie had had just taken off our son and went and dumped it in the toilet and he thought I was crazy. Now, if he has diarrhea I don't try to dump a sposie. I'm curious how you are supposed to dispose of that. Are you supposed to dunk and swish sposies too? Wouldn't it just absorb all the toilet water?

Jeanette said...

That is really interesting!!! Thanks for posting this! I want to share that with everyone i know -i am the only one i know who uses CD's. Some of these comments are interesting too, thanks for sharing thoughts and opinions.

Phyllis said...

If Day Care places are required by law to handle diapers this way, how about hospitals? I would like to find that law. Anyone?

Anonymous said...

well aren't you all a bunch of holy cloth diapering rollers.

Ever heard of themompetition.com? You might take some advice from her.

btw, I have used both sposies and cloth, and honestly, sposies are easier. :)

Jessica said...

My son has been in cloth for over a year (since he was 11 months old) and while I was using sposies I had no idea. Put there's a big difference between just dumping out the poo and then having to wash the poo diaper. While I love using cloth and will never go back to sposies, I honestly don't think that knowing this would change that many sposie-users minds.

Amanda Mom of 2 said...

I never knew this when I used disposables with my OS, crazy! How are you supposed to rinse a sposie? Won't it just swell up like a balloon?!?! I don't know if it would convince anyone to switch to cloth, but it might make people less likely to do the "GROSS" face when they meet someone who CD's! :0) I used sposies with my older child and CD with my younger, can't say that I found sposies easier. I LOVE MY FLUFF!!

In reference to post #16, why is it that when anyone disagrees with a post they always comment as "anonymous"!! And I went to the site she suggested, I found quite a bit of foul language and some questionable content. I was unfortunately unable to look past it all to find any usable advice such as the "anonymous commenter" posted.

Anonymous said...

Not to be too gross, but neither of my kids have had poop that you could just dump off the diaper into the toilet. I am certainly not breaking out a sprayer or spatula for a disposable.

Lisa Fergus said...

Anonymous (#19): that's exactly the problem. Imagine, if you can, how awful it would be if everyone started pooping into plastic bags and tossing it into the trash. The septic system is there for a reason. Baby poop is still poop, and it doesn't belong in the landfill.

Niki said...

I'm not against CDing, if I actually had the money I would CD, but honestly even if people who used disposable diapers followed the exact directions most still wouldn't switch to CDing. Sure the directions are the same as CD's when it comes to the waste but tossing them after disposing of the waste is a lot quicker then washing.
Basically, the point you tried to make is invalid.

Bum Luxury said...

I've heard of that and always meant to look so that I could show others, but since I don't buy sposies, I forget. Now I will have to repost to FB:) Thanks for the article!!

Bridget from www.bumluxury.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Niki, you could easily cloth diaper your baby from birth to potty training for under $100 with prefolds and covers or cheap pocket diapers (Kawaii or Alva or Sunbaby). Your diapers would be paid for after a couple months at the most, in your savings.
So the point you are trying to make about why you don't cloth diaper is invalid.

Mel said...

Niki, many people cloth diaper because it is cheaper. There are reasonably price pocket diapers out there. Prefolds or flats are cheaper still. I've seen people make diapers out of old t shirts. You could also phase the cloth diapers in and use the disposables when you run out of cloth, slowly building your stash as money allows, but it will be really nice when you can stop buying the disposables and realize how much you are saving.

Anonymous said...

http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/124241/a_law_against_putting_babys

Anonymous said...

I have worked in daycare, nursery, and a nursing home, and no one has ever told me I'm supposed to dump the poop. I'm not opposed to it (at least not in situations where the poop is solid!...) but no one has told me this. That being said, I do *not* think any of these places are required to handle diapers this way. We would be notified, and considering how many, many, many things we are required to do by law, that we can get in big trouble for when State comes knocking to check us out, if we needed to know it, they would make sure we do.

There is a difference between what the diaper companies want, what the landfills would prefer, and what is required by law!

Anonymous said...

Another point to consider is that even after scraping the large majority of the poop out of a disposable or a cloth, you are left with a streak... To Clean or to toss? I'm thinking TOSSING is still more convenient than "saving" it for laundry day or whatnot.

Anonymous said...

Amen. I have never dumped me sons diaper my mom works in a nursing home and they just chunck them aeay

Anonymous said...

i have to say either way you go you should never rinse your cloth diapers in the toilet water this is full of germs and can make your child very sick even if you wash it that doesn't always kill germs!

Anonymous said...

If you take swabs of the toilet bowl and some areas of a normal kitchen guess which has more germs?? Most CD moms hang them in the sun (which bleaches and naturally sanitizes the diapers). The pathogens released by faecal matter in landfill (or your trash can!) is far more dangerous than rinsing in the toilet :)

 
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