I don’t know about you but I’m not a huge fan of diaper pails. They’re often a pain to use and end up smelling awful in no time. In fact I really wish I didn’t have to use one anymore, but alas I will have need of them for quite some time to come. My two year old still hasn’t quite mastered the whole potty training thing, and I have another on the way. So even if he is out of diapers by the time our little one arrives, I will obviously still be using a diaper pail. I’m not patient enough for cloth diapers so it’s disposables all the way for me. So even if I would rather not have to use them, diaper pails are a necessity for me right now, and finding the right one does make a difference.
I recently received the Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail and started using it right away. I was a little hesitant when I saw it needed special bags and required installing the baking soda deodorizer, but I didn’t need to be. The directions are basic and easy to follow and took about two minutes to get the diaper pail ready to use. Which is nice because who wants to mess with complicated set up? It’s a diaper pail for goodness sake. I say that because in the past I’ve had brands that were way too much trouble. They required special bags, taking the whole thing apart to put them in, scissors, and all kinds of other steps that were way more effort than I wanted to put into a garbage. For that reason for the last year I’ve been using a simple garbage pail that takes regular trash bags and requires no more effort than your kitchen garbage can. Sounds great right? Well, while that was easy to use, it did not keep the diaper smell contained at all. After one or two diapers were in there it would smell; and even when the bag was changed and empty the plastic can had absorbed all of the odors and no amount of Lysol could get rid of it. I lived with this because I didn’t want to mess with the other kinds of diaper pails.
This is why I’ve been so happy with the Munchkin diaper pail I’ve had a chance to use. I purposefully left diapers (including some seriously nasty ones) in the can for three weeks to see if it would contain the smell and it did! Even when you open the lid to throw a new one in, you can’t smell anything. This is especially important to me right now. As anyone who has been pregnant knows your nose becomes extra sensitive during this time. Although I’m not as bothered by smells during this pregnancy as I was during my previous ones, those “bad smells” are still just a little bit more nauseating than they would normally be. And dirty diapers definitely qualify as a bad smell! So it was such a relief to replace my old diaper pail with a new one that actually removed these odors. I have been extremely happy with the quality of the Arm and Hammer Munchkin Diaper Pail and that it definitely keeps it promise of eliminating odors. Replacement bags are also easy to find in stores. My only complaint is that this diaper pail does not hold as many diapers as some of the larger cans do. I believe the bags say they hold 25 diapers, I think I fit a few more in there, but the bags fill up quickly. The replacement bags are more expensive than a regular trash bag would be, which are all some diaper pails require. I guess what someone considering the purchase of this diaper pail would have to decide is, “Do I want a less expensive bag, or do I want to contain the smell?” I’ve gone both routes, and for me right now I’m thankful for the baking soda deodorizer and lid that seals the bag closed until you use it again…keeping those smells in the can and away from my nose.
If you’re looking for a diaper pail for yourself, or maybe as a baby shower gift, the Munchkin diaper pail is definitely one to consider. It’s easy to use, takes up very little space, and neutralizes odors. There are online websites to check out it’s features and I’ve seen it in many retail stores as well.
Rebecca received the product mentioned for review purposes. Regardless, all opinions expressed are her own.
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Rebecca is a stay at home mom of two (expecting her third soon), and married to a wonderful husband. She was an elementary school teacher before staying home after her first child was born, and now is excited to have transitioned to her newest teaching assignment as she homeschools her children. She is actively involved in her church, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends there. Drinking coffee, baking, and trying out new recipes also help to occupy her time.