Having a system in place to handle your used briefs will greatly reduce the stress involved with making that important decision… could I, SHOULD I – switch to cloth? Daily changes will cause soiled briefs to accumulate and need to be set aside until laundering. We recommend using The Dry Pail System.
The Dry Pail System involves a pail with a lid. The soiled item goes in the pail to await its inevitable laundering date.
Typically people chose a white garbage pail with a flip top lid, purchased at your local hardware or department store.
Before purchasing, consider these factors:
If you have multiple bathrooms in your home, consider the bathroom that is least accessible to guests to be the permanent home of your pail and laundering system. It’s bonus if this private bathroom happens to be near the laundry room!
Check out your bathroom layout and determine where you will place the pail. Some people keep it next to their toilet if they plan on using a hand-help water sprayer, which is especially helpful if you struggle with bowel incontinence. If you plan on investing in a water sprayer in the future, take the measurements on the area next to your toilet and use that as a basis for how big your pail can be.
The Ever Essential Lid:
A lid is imperative for obvious reasons. Manually opening the lid can save you a few bucks on the price, but ultimately is not as practical as a foot pedal system. You will be holding a soiled item and need quick access to your pail. Some pails have a spring loaded lid with a button that releases the spring, automatically opening the lid for you. I found this type of pail to be reasonably priced, as well as eﬀective. A few dollars more and you can have a foot operated flip top lid. If the pail is rectangular in shape, ensure that the hinges are evenly . If the pail is rectangular in shape, ensure that the hinges are evenly spaced along the width of the pail rather than the short side. This will reduce the load on the hinges and springs, springs, and give a longer life to the pail.
Shape and Size:
A pail that sits discreetly under a counter is better with a foot operated lid. Double check to make sure your lid will open enough for easy access to put your briefs in. If possible, take the measurement of your under-counter space with you to the store, and measure it up against the proposed pails. If you are storing your pail under a counter, a button operated or manual lid will be cumbersome.
Rectangular pails can fit in a variety of spaces like directly next to the toilet next to the shower. Round pails typically have compromised hinges if they are not manually lidded. Look for durability, and ease of cleaning when choosing your pail.
You will only be storing one to two days worth of briefs and inserts in your pail at a time. For a person who goes through 3-5 briefs a day, a standard 13 gallon kitchen trash can is suﬀicient to hold this quantity.
The Dry Pail System is well established and may be in your home for a while, so have fun with it. There are multiple options for you to choose your look.
Colored: Can match hand towels
Patterned: Can match a theme in your bathroom.
Matching: Match your pail to your garbage can. Having two pails in your bathroom that match flows well and can complete the look of the bathroom. You can typically find matching cans in stainless steel.