When I started using cloth diapers when my first son was five months old, a cloth diaper sprayer was out of our budget. I ended up just using the swish and dunk/scrape off, whatever method I could find to get the stuff off. I did that for a couple years until I found a pet sprayer that hooks up to your shower on sale. I didn’t really like it because you had to manually hook it up every time and disconnect it to use the shower. But it beat buying a $50 cloth diaper sprayer. It worked for a while until it started leaking one day. And then after continued use, it starts spraying out of the hose connector onto all the walls!

I also found tutorials on how to make one yourself with parts from hardware stores. After getting to check out though, the total ended up being around $45 for us, so we just put everything back. I could buy one for that much and save my husband the hassle of putting it together.

When our second son started eating solids I knew I had to get something set up as a sprayer. I was not going back to dunking/scraping in the toilet. I ended up finding a detachable shower head that was perfect for the job! Here are all the reasons I love using it as a cloth diaper sprayer.

Why You Should Use a Shower Head as a Cloth Diaper Sprayer

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Reasons to Use a Shower Head as a Cloth Diaper Sprayer

Hot Water

With a regular cloth diaper sprayer that attaches to the toilet, you can only use cold water. But with a shower head, you can use whatever temperature you need! Warm is good for fresh diapers, but if you happen to forget to spray a poopy diaper right away, it can really get stuck on there! The hot water helps immensely! If I only had cold water, I would have to soak the diaper before even attempting to spray that.

Why You Should Use a Shower Head as a Cloth Diaper Sprayer

More Powerful

A typical cloth diaper sprayer only has one spray setting. You can’t adjust how fast or hard the water comes out. The shower head I use has jet settings from forceful to gentle that work extremely well to get everything off!

Kids Can’t Reach It

When I contemplated buying a regular sprayer I was worried that I would walk in the bathroom one day and find a giant mess on the floor and walls if any of the kids ever got a hold of it. The shower head eliminates that fear as long as it’s put back in the holder and not left dangling after use.


I read through so many listings on Amazon and the shower head I picked has great reviews and it ended up being cheaper than any cloth diaper sprayer I could find! The price has dropped all the way to less than $6 at one point and has never cost more than $20!


The only downside I can find to using a shower head as a cloth diaper sprayer is that it might not reach to the toilet. My solution to that was spraying into a 5-gallon bucket in the bathtub and then dumping in the toilet. It’s one extra step, but worth it in my opinion for all the above benefits! If you can find a compatible longer hose that should work too!

Now that you’ve read all the benefits, would you choose a shower head instead of a cloth diaper sprayer? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Why You Should Use a Shower Head as a Cloth Diaper Sprayer

  1. Spraying with hot water might not work for everyone! I had a wonderful wash routine going and couldn’t figure out why my diapers were smelling barnyard like and looked dingy until I realized that spraying my diapers with hot water was opening up the fibers and likely soaking some of the poop deeper into the fabric. I use the duo hemps prefolds by thirsties. Not to say that it doesn’t work at all but maybe depending on the fiber of the diaper? I could visibly see that it looked like some poop was going further into the fabric.

    1. Yeah, that could be possible. In that case, I would only use hot water if I forgot to spray it out right away. Thanks for the tip!

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