Got Stank?

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Melissa

Whew! Did my son’s room smell the other day! I was a little behind on my cloth diaper laundry and since we are now good little Wisconsinites, our home’s windows have been sealed up for winter since late September (there goes my swift idea of opening them to allow the air to circulate).  After I had everything cleaned up and washed, I sat down with a glass of apple cider to problem solve.

Yeah, I have tried commercially manufactured diaper pail deodorizers before. The worst one was this bag filled with lavender scented baking soda that made me nauseous (lavender scented poop isn’t any more pleasant than poop scented poop)! But the baking soda…hmm…hmm…A HA! All of a sudden I had a great DYI diaper pail deodorizer idea!

Step 1 – Gather the following: old panty hose, baking soda, scrap ribbon, sharp scissors, and a spoon.


Step 2 – Cut the panty hose into strips about the length of the spoon. Cut a slit into one end and double knot the two pieces.


Step 3 – Using a spoon, fill the inside of the panty hose with baking soda.

Step 4 – Cut a slit into the other end of the panty hose. Lay your ribbon through the slit and tie the ends up tightly.

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Voila! You now have yourself an easy green (and cheap!) solution to whatever odors ail you. Since you yourself are a Greenist, I don’t need to school you on the smell sucking powers of baking soda! However, if you would like to learn more about baking soda and its many uses, visit

I tied my new baking soda bag onto the diaper pail. One week later, it is still working – no poop smells! I’m not sure how long it will work…I guess when the room starts to smell again I will just make a new one. Goodness knows I have enough panty hose left over from my college student teaching experience when I wore a skirt every day to work (now that I’m a real School Counselor and sit on the floor daily I know better than to do that)!

If you don’t have a diaper pail, sigh, lift that chin back up! You could hang this handy deodorizer bag in your car…behind your toilet…in a closet…in your laundry room…inside your pet’s bed…in your refrigerator…in the shoe closet…the possibilities are endless! Let’s hear your great ideas for beating the stank!


  1. What a great, easy idea.

    October 19th, 2009 at 5:19 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  2. I’m totally sending this to my brother and sister in law with their new baby and cloth diapers galore!

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:17 pm
    Comment by k8
  3. Just came across this and I’m very excited to use it! We have a “diaper room” and I can’t imagine when/if we need to have a child sleeping in the same room as the diapers. Especially now that my son is eating more solids. Thanks so much for the idea :)

    November 25th, 2009 at 12:07 am
    Comment by Tessa

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