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The material that these nappies are made of are very absorbent. This page is about using disposable diapers in the garden.


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July 1, 20050 found this helpful

Disposable nappies (diapers), yep those things that millions and millions of are disposed of in rubbish bins all over the world every day, can be used in your garden. Remove the plastic outer and other unwanted 'bits', (or just use the "cleanish" ones), and put it in a bucket of water. It expands quite an enormous amount and then can used as an additive to potting mix or when planting something in the garden. It holds the moisture and saves heaps of landfill. I have tried this with the 'grandbabies' nappies and it does work.

By Trish

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By gardengrow (Guest Post)
March 28, 20070 found this helpful

my husband says that it is dangerous and unhealthy to use them in the soil...what do you all think?

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January 15, 20170 found this helpful

Excerpt from an earlier post of mine.

I read a post here in ThriftyFun suggesting the use of 'the "cleanish" ones', indicating the diapers had been previously soiled by the baby (or adult). For reasons of personal safety, please, never use a diaper which has been soiled with fecal matter, no matter how slightly.


As for diapers soiled with urine only, human urine contains about 9% urea. Urea is a main constituent of many commercial fertilizers. Does that make the use of urine soiled diapers as a soil amendment, safe? NO! Along with urea, human urine contains about 1000 other chemical compounds. Some of these other compounds are organic, meaning they are, or have been, alive.

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