My Newest Cloth Diapering Discovery- Flushable Diaper Liners!


Remember when I shared with you the dirty truth about cloth diapering? When I talked about all of the swishing and dunking and spraying I’ve been doing with poopy diapers?

Well! Let me share with you my newest discovery- the amazing Flushable Diaper Liners.

Truly, I’m loving these things.

Simply put, they are a thin mesh cloth type of liner that you use with cloth diapers. It holds solids, and also helps to wick moisture away from baby’s bottom. So, instead of having to deal with the poop, you can simply pull the liner out and flush it away! (Some liners are not recommended for septic tanks, some are okay.)

For around $8 you can get a pack of 100 liners. If you sign up for Amazon Mom you can get Free 2 day shipping with purchase of baby items. And if you are like me and have a few Swagbucks hanging out, you can easily score a pack of these for free. (Don’t forget that the February issue of Baby Talk magazine has a $10 Amazon coupon good on any baby item, making these free as well!!)

Other moms are even reporting that they are successfully washing the un-pooped-on liners several times before they fall apart. So these things can potentially last for quite a while.

*Update: Note to self… do not try washing these cloths in the washing machine with the rest of the diapers. Especially if there is velcro involved. That was a total disaster. Hand Wash.

I was just so excited about this I had to share. My life has just become one chore less complicated. What will they think of next?!


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11 Comments

  1. This is a great tip, and exactly the type of awesome thing I was looking for here as I have perused your posts today. One question, how would you feel about composting these wipes since they are bio-degradable? Would that not work just like any other dung compost, to be kept separate for use as fertilizer after all the bacteria has died off in a year or so?

  2. Aren’t they grand!!! I love mine. I had given up cloth a long time before this with my first. And never even tried them with my second. Now, here I am with my third 6 months old and this whole cloth thing is easy! EASY!

    I don’t struggle with them in the wash. And dry them too. Velcro doesn’t seem to bother them. I’m pretty sure these are the ones I use…http://www.amazon.com/Imse-Vimse-Flushable-Liner-pieces/dp/B0009A3I5K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298429534&sr=8-1.

    Enjoy the duration of your diapering years! 🙂 I am!

  3. I have been following your site for awhile now. We are long term home schoolers with one child left to go! Currently we are in the process of retiring from our life in the north and are looking for a small farm down south.

    I am an owner of a land surveyor firm. One of our areas of expetise is in the design of septic systems. I have seen over the years many misconceptions regarding the care and maintenence of septic systems. Without getting into a technical outline of why, here is a short list of septic system maintenence and care:

    1. Do not throw anything but organic materials into the system. Washable diapers or any man made product are a no no.
    2. Garbage disposals should not be connected to the system.
    3. Cooking grease should be disposed of separately.
    4. Laundry products should be septic approved.
    5. Septic products that are advertised as bacteria enhancements are redundant as the septic tanks are loaded with bacteria. It’s akin to adding salt to the ocean. The only time it should be considered is after the tank is pumped to start the growing of natural bacteria.
    6. Depending of the size of the family and the age of the kids the septic tank should be pumped every 2 years, more if the tank is undersized or if two kids to a room. Tanks that go unpumped will discharge solids into the system and will clog it. It’s just a matter of time.
    7. If the system is pressurized open laterals once a year and let the water exit onto the ground one lateral at a time. Use a nylon stocking to catch any material if you like. Treat discharged water with lime to disinfect or keep the kids away from the area for awhile. If no visible endcap to the lateral is attached to line consider adding them. In-ground systems do not have them.

    The life of a system is a matter of the quality of the water that is discharged into it for the most part. It is always smart to limit the gallons of water put into a system with low flow devices such as clothes and dish washers, toilets, etc.

    Ok that’s my two cents. Enjoy!

  4. I used these with my girls and loved them–but, I didn’t flush them.

    Instead, I had 2 diaper pails–one for the diapers to soak in, and one for the liners. The one I used for the liners was one of those fancy ones that is self contained with its own baggie system. I got it as a freebie for having multiples.

  5. We had to have our septic pumped a few months ago and the septic guy said that those wipes, liners, etc. tend to get stuck together into one big ball in the septic. Like Rachel, he also said that if you put toilet paper, wipes, etc. in a glass and swirl it around and within seconds it doesn’t start to dissolve, don’t use it. Just re-emphasizing that for your readers. 😉

  6. I recently made liners for my toddlers cloth diapers by buying 1/4 yard of fleece from walmart and cutting it into about 11 rectangles. I stick one in each diaper and it catches 99.9% of his poop (he has some seriously nasty diapers!) and, though it’s not flushable, it is so much easier than swishing or spraying a whole diaper! Most of the time everything rolls off the fleece liner and into the toilet. Liner goes in my wetbag with the diaper and then into the wash with everything else. Easy peasy!

  7. I’ve been enamored with those liners over the years, but always just erred on the side of caution with our septic tank and looked from afar. We haven’t had ours pumped in over 7 years with how we treat our tank (despite the number of humans under the roof!), but it is about due now.
    I can’t remember what kind of diapers you use, but if it’s just prefolds or something, you can always get a sheet of microfleece and cut up little rectangles to just place on the diaper. Poo typically comes off microfleece easier than some other fabrics (like cotton or hemp/cotton blend). Just shake out, throw in with the diaper laundry, and and they dry in a snap.

  8. Caution: MOST of these things that say they are flushable, are a huge future plumbing nightmare. I don’t remember where I read/saw it – maybe it was our News station “Does It Work?”, but the answer was “NO” and don’t do it. They were talking about flushable wipes for little kids doing potty training.

    One of the people that they talked to was a plumber, and he said that he has been called to numerous homes that had huge wads of the stuff stuck in the lines. It just takes too long to decompose – and if people can wash it and reuse it – it isn’t decomposing fast enough to not cause a problem if it gets stuck … like lint in a dryer.

    If you put it in water and stir it around, it should turn to watery mush pretty fast to be considered flushable.

    E^en some kleenex are not really flushable.

    But I did get gi^en 2 boxes of these when I was diapering Joel – and it was AWESOME to be able to dispose of that tiny bit without the swishing and wringing. I just kept a small wad of plastic baggies within reach and put it in there, tie them tight, and dispose of them. I ne^er considered washing and reusing them! But I did later cut up some old polyester T-shirts, and use them, and that worked really well also, at least keeping the poop from discoloring all the other layers

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