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Advice on nappy disposal systems and reusable nappy bins plus the opportunity to purchase a range of nappy bins.
If you are planning to use cloth nappies on your baby a good nappy bin is essential. As a newborn averages about 12 nappies a day, a good nappy provides you with somewhere hygienic to store dirty nappies in between washes.

The most basic nappy bin will essentially be a bucket with a close fitting lid designed to contain smells; the majority have a strong handle to make it easy to move the bin to the washing machine. Size is an important factor when it comes to choosing a nappy bin, especially if you are not intending to wash everyday - most state the number of nappies they will hold. It is worth bearing in mind that a full nappy bin can be quite heavy to carry; getting two smaller bins can be a good solution especially if you suffer from a bad back.

You have two options when it comes to using a nappy bin; you can either store the nappies dry or soak them in a sanitising solution. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these methods; which you choose simply depends on your personal preference.

Soaked nappies are less likely to stain and require a cooler wash than dry nappies (40 degrees will usually instead of 60 degrees), they can also be rinsed prior to being put in the bin. However, despite the superior stain beating that soaking nappies provides, it is worth bearing in mind that when the lid is taken off they do tend to smell more than dry nappies. This can be helped by putting a few drops of an essential oil such as tea tree or lavender in the bin and rinsing nappies first.

Nappy bins with build in deodorisers are also available to help minimise the smell. It is worth emphasising that the bin should only smell when the lid is removed. However, you also need to empty the sanitising liquids off before putting the nappies in the washing machine. This can either be poured in the toilet, bath or sink, but you should always remember to rinse well afterwards for hygiene reasons.

By storing nappies dry, less smell will be created and they will be easier to transfer to the washing machine so minimise the risk of dripping! However you will need to use a hotter wash and the nappies may not come out as clean as soaked nappies - an occasional prewash will help the nappies to look fresh.

By using either a laundry bag or specially designed nappy bin bag (some bins come fitted with these) to line the inside of your nappy bin, the transfer of the nappies to the washing machine is must simpler as you simply have to lift the bag out. This can be a good option for soaked nappies too as you are able to squeeze out excess moisture before putting them in the machine.

If you have older children it may be worth investing in a bin with locks to avoid enquiring fingers getting to the dirty nappies. Alternatively by storing the nappy bin in a shower or bath knocking over becomes less of a problem - this can also be a good storage solution if you are a big short of space.

If you are on a budget, a basic nappy bin with a lid and handle will do the job perfectly well, however if you want to spend a bit more, advanced nappy bins with anti bacterial and deodourising features are available. There is a huge range of shapes and styles available on the market so the choice is yours.

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