Disposing Of Incontinence Products Safely At Home
Incontinence pads and pull-ups should not be thrown directly into the household garbage. Urine can give off an unsightly odour quickly, and in the Australian heat, a pungent smell can emanate in a short amount of time. A soiled incontinence product is also a breeding ground for bacteria. There are however some solutions to this problem:
A diaper disposal system. These are airtight bins which you can keep in your bathroom to dispose of pads and diapers hygienically. They are predominantly made for baby nappies, but they can also fit adult diapers and pads odour free, so you don’t need to go directly to the trash every time you change pads.
Scented biodegradable bags and bin liners. Tie up your incontinence products in a scented bag before putting out in the trash to reduce the smell and the spread of bacteria. Choosing biodegradable means that when your products hit landfill, the natural parts of the product will break down along with the bag.
If you are staying at someone's house, or in a hotel, tie up your incontinence pads securely with a scented bag and place in the bathroom bin. If you are only staying one night, you can tie tightly and then bring the item home with you, or place in a public bin, when you have an opportunity.
Disposing Of Incontinence Products Safely In Public
Disposing of incontinence products in public can be daunting for both men and women. Always take a spare set of pads or pull-ups with you to change, and take a couple of scented, biodegradable bags with you. Women can wrap and place used incontinence products into the sanitary bins provided in public bathrooms and men can tie up their products tightly in a small scented bag, or nappy bag, and dispose of in the bin.
Recycling Of Incontinence Products
Not all incontinence products are fully recyclable due to the different materials used to secure the products and keep them comfortable and secure for the user. However, by using biodegradable, or ‘green’ bags when disposing of incontinence products helps and any natural materials will break down over time in the landfill.
One in 3 women and 1 in 10 men suffer from urinary incontinence and bladder leakage, so you are not alone. Visit your GP who can suggest diet, exercise and other options to manage your symptoms.