(Yes, today is my due date and no, the baby hasn’t arrived yet)
This is something we put together a couple weeks ago that I’ve been meaning to share with you all. From what I’ve heard, if you cloth diaper a diaper sprayer makes your life a lot easier (and less gross). I remember when my brothers were young, my mother used to have to rinse out the poopy cloth diapers in the toilet. That meant getting her hands in there. Ewwww! Today they have diaper sprayers. With a diaper sprayer, you can just hold the diaper above the toilet and spray the poop right down into the toilet. Diaper sprayers are rather expensive though. When I was looking, I found them to be $50 and up.
Since I like to save money, I started searching for a better way to do this. In my searching I came across this fantastic blog post by Gidget Goes Home. The blog post takes you step-by-step through building your own diaper sprayer. Now it is an older post, August of 2008, so I was not able to find the parts for as cheap as he was. I spent about $30 or so on parts, all from Ace Hardware (we don’t have a Home Depot nearby like the blog suggested). Still, this was much cheaper than I was able to find a ready-made one for! Not to mention, that this homemade one has a much longer tube so I can easily reach the shower to rinse down the walls after scrubbing it. Bonus! I did find that I needed to use the tip in one of the comments about using teflon tape around the compresser connection to keep it from dripping. Otherwise, it works fantastic! Another neat thing is that the valve we purchased from Ace allows you to adjust the pressure by having the valve in a position between on and off. Hmmm, on one of the gentler spots it might even work as a bidet! (for those of you interested in such a thing…). Also, we used one of those 3M hooks to hold the sprayer, as you may have noticed in the photo.
Since a very helpful tutorial has already been written, I won’t spend time writing one here. I just wanted to share with my readers that this can be done very easily. It is very satisfying to do it yourself! I will again direct you to the DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Diaper Sprayer blog post by Gidget Goes Home.