Do you love using cloth diapers but hate the clean-up? Are you fed up with having diapers soaking in a bucket of water that smells like a swamp? Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to get all the poop off before laundering, stubborn particles refuse to budge.
When I was pregnant with my child, the idea of using cloth diapers was terrifying. Just the thought of having to deal with the grossness of poop was enough to send me running for the bathroom. When she arrived, the grossness was definitely there, but by using disposables I could just about cope.
Then one night, musing as you do when giving a night feed, my mind wandered to money. More importantly, how much disposable diapers were costing us. It amounted to lots of post breastfeeding wine, or clothes, or even a much-needed vacation.
It was time to bite the bullet and head for cloth diapers.
One of the other new moms in my circle had been extolling the virtues of a diaper sprayer. It worked out to be the perfect solution for me to deal with the foulness of the poop. Maybe it could work for you too.
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Why Consider Buying a Diaper Sprayer?
Europe, the Middle East, and many other nations are way ahead of us on this one. They generally have a separate spray shower gun attached to every toilet. Sometimes referred to colloquially as a bum-gun (that gives you an idea of what it is used for), it’s perfect for washing poop off diapers.
Fear not, while we are not so quick at catching on as our foreign counterparts, there are sprayers which can easily be attached to the side of our toilet.
If you are exclusively breastfeeding (EBF), the remnants of the deposits from your bundle of joy can be washed straight off in the machine. But when you are using formula, or when you start feeding solids, the consistency of the poop changes (source).
It can be harder to remove and needs some pre-wash consideration. You can use tissue, or even a spatula, to remove the residue into the toilet. But, sometimes, it’s like sticky peanut butter and not going anywhere.
Following that, you need to dunk and swish to get off the remnants. Personally, I have an issue doing this in the toilet.
I also don’t like the idea of doing it in the sink. It’s where I clean my teeth.
How A Sprayer Helps
A diaper sprayer saved my life when I switched. It’s effective enough to remove even the most stubborn excretions and leave my treasured cloth diapers ready for the laundry.
Features of the Best Diaper Sprayers
So, what is it about a diaper sprayer that makes it the ideal choice for removing number twos from cloth diapers?
Here are just some of the features:
- Water pressure: One of the main reasons a diaper sprayer works so well at removing the poop is the water pressure it provides. These sprayers are not like the faucet attachments that might be OK for rinsing the basin or removing soapy suds. They are like miniature pressure washers. Now, that being said, you don’t want to be spraying water all over the bathroom. Even worse, you don’t want the poop being distributed everywhere and sticking to you and the wall like stucco.
- Control: Most diaper sprayers give you control of the pressure via a trigger, to turn the flow on and off. The more you squeeze the trigger, the more water, and the more pressure.
- Splash guard: Some sprayers have a splash guard to prevent flying poop. The diaper is secured, usually by clips, and the debris and water go straight down the toilet.
- Price: A diaper sprayer can vary greatly in price. However, just think of the savings you can make on disposable diaper liners. It will pay for itself over time.
- Ease of fitting: You shouldn’t need to call a plumber to get a diaper sprayer fitted. They are supplied with all the components and instructions for quick and easy fitting.
- Shut-off: Once fitted, you don’t want your diaper sprayer leaking all over the bathroom floor and causing damage. Make sure it has its own shut-off valve that can be engaged when not in use.
The Best Cloth Diaper Sprayers of 2019
Here are my top seven picks currently on the market.
1. Aquaus SprayMate & Aquaus 360 Premium Diaper Sprayer
Best Diaper Sprayer with Splash Guard
When rinsing a dirty diaper, you don't want to create more work by creating backsplash all over your bathroom. A splash guard can prevent this from happening.
The Aquaus Spraymate is a higher-end diaper sprayer. The 5-piece package is, however, worth the investment. It comes with the sprayer, splash guard, diaper clips, a drip tray, and a handy tool to move the diaper as you rinse it.
You don’t need to touch the diaper once it’s clipped to the guard, which — by the way — looks a bit like a small garbage bin with legs. The legs fit perfectly over the rim of the toilet and there is a hole at the bottom. This allows the water and poop to escape down the sloped sides and into the bowl.
The sprayer is manufactured from corrosion-free polymers, which are strong and resist impact. The valve core is brass and it has ceramic seals. It is available in four different nozzle lengths, from 3.75 to 11 inches, and two spray head sizes of ½ inch and 1 inch.
The provided drip tray sits underneath the splash guard when it’s not in use, to catch any water that might be left in it.
The water pressure is easily controlled with your thumb and is sufficient to deal with the most obstinate poop.
- Splash guard to protect from the unwanted back spray.
- A handy tool to move diaper through 360 degrees.
- Drip tray to catch leftover water.
- Clips to attach diapers to the splash guard.
- Price may be prohibitive for some.
- Some find the splash guard uses up too much bathroom space.
2. Spray Pal Cloth Diaper Sprayer and Splatter Shield
Best for Storage
A large splash guard can take up valuable bathroom space. Having a compact guard that can be stored easily is a bonus.
This patented splatter shield comes complete with a diaper sprayer. The sprayer has a 4-foot long hose, encased in stainless steel. The T-connector, to attach to the water supply, is made from brass.
The spray pressure can be adjusted using the trigger style lever, letting you rinse off diapers with ease.
The clever thing in this package is the spray shield. Think of a clipboard with two additional sides you can fold over it. To use, you open the sides up and they form a bucket-type shape when you close the poppers on the outer edges.
To spray the diaper, clip it on with the strong clip, place the unit in the toilet bowl, and fire the jet of water at the poop. The shield is easy to clean and is BPA- and PVC-free. When the diaper is clean, just un-pop the shield and fold the sides into press out excess water.
Once you are done, the sprayer fits into a supplied handle which you attach to the toilet, and the shield folds for storage in a wet bag.
- Adjustable high-pressure diaper sprayer.
- Foldable spray shield to prevent splash-backs.
- The shield can be stored easily in a wet bag.
- Some find the pressure of the spray hard to control.
- Shield might not fit in some toilets.
3. Diaper Dawgs Diaper Sprayer and Splatter Shield
Funnelling the Flow
This offering, from Diaper Dawgs, has a patented funnel covering the end of the sprayer. This prevents water and poop being sprayed around the bathroom. Simply place the funnel close to the soiled diaper and press the nozzle for splash-free rinsing.
The funnel system prevents airborne germs from escaping. Switching the spray from wide to jet stream is easy with a twist of the nozzle. This means you can gently rinse the easy-to-remove stuff, and zap the gussets and hard-to-remove bits.
Quick and easy to fit, the hose is 4 feet long and made from metal, with an enclosed woven core. The sprayer is easy to install, in just three steps. It has a heavy-duty brass valve, allowing you to turn it on and off and set the water pressure.
The shield measures a compact 4 by 4.75 inches, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Consequently, it takes up very little space. You can either fold it down when not in use or leave it attached to the spray nozzle.
The sprayer attaches to the toilet tank.
- Unique patented splatter guard in the shape of a funnel.
- Easily adjustable spray, from gentle to jet stream.
- 4-foot sprayer hose.
- Priced in the mid-range of the market, some may find it expensive.
- Assembly instructions can be hard to follow.
4. SmarterFresh Cloth Diaper Sprayer
Best Trigger Control
Easy control of the flow of water from your sprayer means less splashback.
This stainless steel diaper sprayer comes with a long hose, plus a holder that can be hooked onto the toilet or mounted on the wall. This gives you the flexibility of where you place your sprayer. It is slim and stylish, so it won’t look out of place in any bathroom.
The included brass T-valve adapter makes the connection to your existing toilet water supply quick and easy. It can be fitted in about 10 minutes. If you do need extra parts, such as a flexible toilet connector, they are available from your nearest hardware store.
Spray pressure can be adjusted to supply a gentle rinse or a much stronger jet. It is controlled via the trigger handle on the shower head. Both the available pressure and the easy control ensure that even the most stubborn solids will be easily removed from the diaper.
The water supply can easily be turned off when not in use, meaning no leaks on the bathroom floor. As there is no splash guard with this sprayer, controlling the pressure is key to avoiding splashback and a messy cleanup.
The company offers a one-year warranty on this product.
- Strong water stream to remove poop easily.
- Simple and quick to install.
- Adjustable pressure.
- Water pressure control takes a little practice.
- Make sure to turn it off to prevent leaks.
5. BabyMojos Two Spray Mode Cloth Diaper Sprayer
Pressure at Your Fingertips
BabyMojos brings us this diaper spray with two pressure options, soft or jet spray. Simply set how much pressure you need to remove the doo-doo from your child’s diaper, by adjusting the T-valve.
You can use the slow spray for lightly soiled diapers and give it a blast with high power for the stubborn cling-ons.
The shower head and hose casing are made from stainless steel. This makes them durable, plus they look quite good next to other silver colors in your bathroom.
There are two options for hanging the hose, either from the tank of the toilet or on the wall. This makes it convenient to place it where it suits you best. The hose is 5 feet long, so depending on where you position it, you might be able to use it to rinse your bathtub and washbasin too.
The sprayer comes with a bonus package of a free wet/dry bag to store your rinsed diapers that are ready for laundry, or soiled diapers ready for rinsing. There are also instructions on how to make your own splash guard at home.
The company stands behind its product, offering a “no questions asked” one-year warranty.
- Two settings for water pressure.
- Wall and toilet mount for ease of positioning.
- Easy and speedy fitting.
- One-year warranty.
- Bonus package of a wet/dry bag.
- Some find the spray nozzle too large.
- The nozzle may drip slightly after turning the sprayer off.
6. Eco Aligned Toilet Sprayer for Cloth Diapers
Easiest to Hold
Having a handle that is easy to hold will help make diaper cleaning simple. It also is an advantage if you have any issues with grip.
The Eco diaper sprayer is made from stainless steel, with an internally braided high-pressure hose. Its brushed finish gives it a modern, stylish appearance.
There are two mounts included, for the wall and for the toilet tank. This gives you the choice of where you want to store it in your bathroom. The mounts are also finished in brushed stainless steel.
The unit is easy to fit via a chrome-plated solid brass T-valve.
There is a useful walkthrough guide on the company website if you get stuck (source).
There is even Teflon seal tape included, ensuring a good fit with no leaks. An ergonomically designed, thumb-controlled sprayer handle makes the pressure easy to control.
- Ergonomically designed handle.
- Thumb-controlled trigger for adjustable pressure.
- Stylish brushed stainless steel finish.
- Does not come with splash guard.
7. Bumworks Cloth Diaper Toilet Sprayer
Easy to Fit
This cloth diaper sprayer is one of the more affordable ones. The sprayer hose delivers a strong pressure letting you wash away the stinky mess your little one has left for you. No more dunk and swish to clean diapers, the mess goes just where it should, down the pan and not over you.
The sprayer fits onto your toilet tank with a mounting clip. The hose measures about 3 feet. Both the hose and the spray head have a chrome finish so it fits in with most bathroom decor.
The fitting can take less than five minutes using the T-valve adapter that is suitable for a 7/8 toilet water supply hose. No need to call the plumber, you can do it yourself by following the easy-to-read instructions.
The pressure can be adjusted by turning the water inlet valve. A comfortable grip handle makes rinsing off the messiest diapers a breeze.
Just remember to turn the valve off when, not in use and empty any remaining water from the hose. This will prevent a puddle forming on your bathroom floor.
- Quick and easy to fit.
- Attractive chrome finish.
- Adjustable water pressure.
- Water can leak down the hose when it’s turned on and not actually spraying.
- The toilet holder does not appear to fit all tanks and is prone to moving around.
Flushing it Away
Our top pick for the best cloth diaper sprayer is the Aquaus SprayMate. The spray pressure is easily controlled, giving you that extra strong jet just when you need it. It is easy to fit and stores either on the wall or the side of the toilet.
Sturdy and stylish, it will fit into any bathroom decor. What I like the most, though, is the splash guard.
The strong clips hold the diaper in place and the useful tongs allow you to move the diaper without touching it. This ensures you get all the poop off, with no splashback.
You can also choose how long a nozzle you want, keeping your hands further away from the messy bits.