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I really wasn't very sure how successful using reusable nappies would be before having my daughter, but I was determined to give it a good go, despite a lot of people thinking I was mad for even thinking about it. However, what a lot of people don't realise is that as long as you are prepared to put on an extra wash every couple of days, there really is very little hassle when using reusable nappies. Some people dislike the thought of smelly nappies lying around or having to touch dirty or wet nappies and load them into the washing machine. This is where a nappy bag comes in handy.
Anyone using reusable nappies needs a nappy pail or bucket with a lid. Now, there are plenty of pricey nappy buckets on the market, but I found one in my local discount store which holds 21 litres, but I also needed a bag that would fit into this size of bucket. Initially I found this nappy bag on ebay, although at the time I didn't know what make it was, and when it arrived I was so pleased, that once I had found out the make, in this case Junior Joy, then I ordered another, this time from amazon, priced at just over a fiver, which may sound expensive for a bag, but it really is worth it. HAving two nappy bags really is very useful, as when one goes into the wash, I line the bin with the other bag.
This Junior Joy Mesh Nappy Bag measures 45 by 50 cm, and fits me 21 litre nappy pail perfectly, with room to spare. This is a drawstring nappy bag, although when you are washing nappies, you should leave the drawstring open, so the nappies can work their way out during the washing cycle. The best thing about these nappy bags is that when you go to put on a wash of nappies, the only thing you have to handle is the bag, rather than any nappies, meaning your hands stay clean and fresh.
The most, in terms of nappies, that I have put into the bag has been 10, as I am only using reusables during the daytime, however I would be very confident that you could fit several more nappies in the bag, meaning you really are making the most of a wash on your machine.
There are two main ways to store reusable nappies before you wash, you can soak them, or you can dry pail them. I do the latter, where I simply put soiled or wet nappies into this mesh bag which lines the nappy bin, add a couple of drops of tea tree oil, which helps with any odour, and leave until ready to wash which I usually do every second day. I find there is no lingering smell on the bag, and it comes out of the washing machine clean and fresh as well as the nappies. I have also found that the nappies are able to work themselves out of this bag easily during the wash. Although the nappies themselves can be slow to dry, this bag definitely isn't and dries very very quickly. In fact, I usually just leave it hanging over the bath or washing basket and it is dry within the hour.
All in all, for anyone using reusable nappies, a nappy bag really is a necessity in my opinion, and having two is even better, so you can always keep your nappies in one bag, and put straight into the washing machine, without having to even touch the dirty nappies. I am extremely pleased with these Junior Joy nappy bags. They store the nappies well, they are a perfect size for my nappy bucket, they wash well and let the nappies out during the wash, and dry very quickly. A great item!