We use a trash can with a lid and a PlanetWise diaper pail liner. When we open the lid to put in a dirty diaper, you get a strong whiff of yuk! I can't really describe it as ammonia or barnyard, well maybe more ammonia. It doesn't really bother me because, well, its a bunch of dirty, urine-soaked diapers. But DH will wash diapers as soon as he smells anything, I think too often. We usually do laundry every 2-3 days.
We used to use a 7.5 gallon trash can and would wash when its full but we just moved up to GMD medium (red) prefolds, so they are taking up more space so DH wanted to get a bigger trash can. I think its 13 gallon. But he's doing laundry pretty much when its only half full. Today he told me he could smell the diapers down the hall...I think he's exaggerating. It just irritates me that he's so sensitive to smell. I feel like he's being dramatic.
Anyway, could you tell me what a diaper pail is supposed to smell like? I think I still need to tweak my wash routine, but I'm not sure if this is normal stink or an actual problem. Also, we have not started solids yet. Thanks!