I’m all for simplicity. If everything I need comes in one box ready for assembly with no add-ons needed, I’m a fan. With that in mind, I appreciate the simplicity of the new Diaper Dawgs All-in-One Diaper Sprayer package. It comes with everything you need to spray dirty cloth diapers clean, protect against splatter, and store your diaper sprayer efficiently. Each package includes a brondell diaper sprayer, sprayer holster, and bonus Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar.
We used a different diaper sprayer in the past and had to remove it because water slowly leaked through our basement ceiling. This made me a bit shy about installing another sprayer, but the brondell sprayer has a brass core integrated T-valve with pressure control and water shut-off features. I also disliked the days when a toddler would decide to investigate the sprayer inb the past and I’d rush into the bathroom to avoid a watery mess. With the shut off feature of this Diaper Dawgs sprayer, however, you don’t need to worry. Your toddler is unlikely to figure out how to turn the sprayer back on!
So, how does the Diaper Dawgs Diaper Sprayer bundle work together?
1. Install the diaper sprayer. This is the most time consumng part and requires a bit of patience. The installation directions are clear, however, and there is no plumbing expertise required. Diaper Dawgs even provides step by step photos.
2. Mount the sprayer holster. You can choose to mount it on the wall or toilet. I prefer the toilet mount because it can discreetly fit on the side of your toilet, giving it a more seamless appearance. If you own a different sprayer already and purchase the Diaper Collar, you can also purchase a holster separately.
3. Turn on water supply valve and check for leaks. If no leaks, you’re ready to add on the sprayer.
4. Install the Spray Collar. Diaper Dawgs provides handy step by step instructions, including photos, here as well. The Spray Collar is super simple to install and takes less than a minute!
Diaper Dawg AIO Daily Use
Once you have everything installed, the real test comes with a soiled diaper. Here’s the process and my impressions.
1. Reach behind the toilet to open the T-Valve Shut off valve to allow water to flow. This might sound like a dirty job, but it’s really not a big deal. This is the main feature that impressed my husband, who disliked how easy it was for kids to make a mess with the sprayer in the past. You don’t have to do this every time, unless you want to ensure that the sprayer won’t be used by kids. The sprayer itself has an on and off valve.
2.. Pick up your diaper and hold it over the toilet. You can use Diaper Dawgs Finger Guards as well at this point if you don’t want to touch the diaper at all. These guards come separately and they are an affordable novelty, but not what I would call a necessity. (As a side note, my kids think they are awesome finger puppets.)
3. Direct the Diaper Sprayer Head toward your diaper and release the water by turning the diaper spray head button “on.” The first time you use the sprayer, you’ll want to also adjust the spray to wide spray or stream, depending on your preference. You can adjust this any time and will probably want to use the stream to get the sides of diapers.
3. Hold the Spray Collar directly against your soiled diaper and let the water rinse off the poop.This takes a bit of getting used to because you can not see underneath the Spray Collar. This necessitates lifting it up and sometimes turning it off between sprays to determine effectiveness. It takes a bit of practice figuring out how to direct the stream with the collar correctly as well, so that it removes stubborn stains with enough force. I also found that the Spray Collar had trouble getting stubborn poop from the sides of diapers and the stream provided the best way to tackle the sides.
4. At this point, you need to push the diaper sprayer head button “off.” You then place the dirty diaper in a wet bag or pail until laundry day. My biggest issue here? Most of my diapers filled up with water at the bottom inside from this process and the Spray Collar provided no way to wring this out without getting my hands dirty, while the finger guards could not do this effectively. If I didn’t wring out the diaper, I was depending on a wet bag to hold a lot of water.
5. If you want the sprayer to be free from accidental use, be sure to reach behind the toilet and flip the valve. You’ll then want to give the sprayer one last spray, then click it back to “off.” I will admit to accidentally spraying myself a time or two when I went to use the sprayer again because I forgot that last step, but I quickly learned my lesson!
So, the big question: Is the Diaper Dawgs Diaper Srayer AIO bundle a necessity or a luxury? Here’s my take. If you don’t own a diaper sprayer, you’ll want one. They’re worth it. At $64.95, this sprayer is a good value, especially with the mount and Spray Collar included. Plus, it’s a great sprayer, with the added bonus of a shield you can attach and forget. The Spray Collar has a one time “assembly” and is quick and easy to use. The Diaper Dawgs Diaper Sprayer may not be a necessity, but it will definitely make your life easier with cloth diapers.
Disclosure: I received product to review for this post. All opinions are my own.