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One of the most common questions that is asked of cloth diapering moms is “but what about the poop?” I’ve been asked and even asked it myself thirteen years ago when my oldest son was a baby. The truth is, dealing with poop doesn’t have to be scary, any more gross, or more difficult than it is with disposable diapers.
You could use the dunk and swish method in the toilet. Or you could try flushable diaper liners that contain most of the poo so you can just dump it and flush it. But I find that the easiest way to deal with poopy diapers is a diaper sprayer.
While a diaper sprayer is not a necessity for rinsing cloth diapers, it sure is a very nice thing to have! It makes clean up much easier. But how do you install one? Is it hard? The answer to both of those questions is that it’s very easy. Your new diaper sprayer will come with instructions but I’m a visual learner so I will walk you through the process step by step.
Before you open the package and get started, first determine if your toilet supply line is flexible or rigid. If it’s rigid you can either replace it with one from another toilet in your house or pick one up at your local home improvement store for about $5 or $6.
Now that you have a flexible supply line attached, you’re good to go.
First, turn off your water supply. Throughout the installation remember the rules: “Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty”
Attach these two pieces together before attaching anything to your toilet. Especially if yours is in tight quarters like mine. In most cases installing a diaper sprayer is a tool free job but I was leaking a little out of this piece so I used a pair of pliers to tighten it more
Disconnect the toilet supply line from the tank
Connect the sprayer to the tank
Connect the toilet supply hose to the sprayer
Turn your water supply back on slowly in case you have a leak. If so, tighten your connection with your hands or with a pair of pliers. Leave the sprayer valve in the off position when not in use.
That’s it! Happy spraying!