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Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag Review

Whimsical, convenient, and space-saving way to hamper dirty cloth diapers
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Price:   $34 List | $34 at Amazon
Pros:  Convenient, large capacity, saves space, easy to clean and use
Cons:  Zipper can be difficult, average smell containment, cloth will wear over time
Manufacturer:   Planet Wise
By Juliet Spurrier, MD ⋅ Mom-in-Chief  ⋅  Aug 27, 2018
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The Skinny

Planet Wise Waterproof Hanging Bags are adorable and come in many attractive designs and colors. The bags are lightweight and versatile with an attached handle making it easy to hang on a doorknob and out of the way. This bag has a challenging zipper, and the odor containment is only so-so. Rinsing poop off before depositing dirty diapers is a must and will help keep smells to a minimum. While this bag convenient and made of anti-microbial materials, the outer cloth bag can wear over time with repeated washing. However, we are impressed with the performance of this hanging bag that is easy to wash and an eco-friendly answer for cloth diapers.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Planet Wise is a family run company owned by Nicki and Jesse Maynard. Their goal is to maintain an environmentally and socially responsible company by manufacturing reusable products locally, using products made in the U.S.A. as much as possible, and ensuring that all products are PVC and lead-free. Employees are given flexible schedules to work around family, making it a family-friendly place to work. They sell the Hanging Bag and other products ranging from reusable wipe containers to nursing covers.

Performance Comparison


The Planet Wise Hanging Bag is a great option for cloth diapering needs. It is convenient, lightweight, and easy to use and clean.

The "Sly" pattern is just one of the many fun options Planet Wise offers.
The "Sly" pattern is just one of the many fun options Planet Wise offers.

Likes


The Planet Wise Hanging Bag is the perfect option for families looking for a diaper pail that does not take up floor space. With convenient handles, you can easily hang the bag on a doorknob, keeping it out of the way and off the floor. We appreciate this design that helps prevent your dirty diaper container from being a nursery display piece. We love that it is lightweight cotton and has a front zipper pocket to store dry items, like clean diapers and wipes.

The two handles make the Planet Wise Hanging Bag easy to store out of the way.
The two handles make the Planet Wise Hanging Bag easy to store out of the way.

Made with anti-microbial materials, a waterproof PUL liner, and locking zipper, the Hanging Bag has hidden seals that keep it 100% waterproof. Measuring 16 x 26.5 inches, these hanging bags are available in over 50 attractive styles/colors and come with a 60-day warranty (for "seams, stitching, elastics, zippers or any other sewing defects. Fading or staining is considered normal wear and tear and does not fall under this warranty," according to the manufacturer.) Additional bonus as the zippers are PVC and lead-free, too.

The front "dry" compartment is useful for storing dry diapers in the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Hanging Bag.
The PUL liner has hidden seams to keep the Planet Wise Hanging Bag waterproof.

Dislikes


The Hanging Bag is not the most durable option you can choose. With cloth sides instead of plastic, you'll have some trade-offs you'll need to consider including how long the bag will last compared to the competition. Also, since you will be storing dirty cloth diapers inside, it will need frequent washing (don't forget to rinse poop off before tossing a diaper in the bag). This repeated machine washing will eventually result in faded colors, thinning fabric., tears to the lining and zipper trouble. How long will this take? It is hard to say, but Planet Wise does offer some helpful tips to keep your bag working well as long as possible and prevent voiding your warranty by mishandling the bag.

Follow washing instructions on the Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag to avoid possible issues with the zipper breaking.
Follow washing instructions on the Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag to avoid possible issues with the zipper breaking.

To wash and dry your bag here are some tips to help keep your bag intact:
  • Hand wash the bag with dish soap and rinse with water
  • Machine wash on gentle in warm/cool water
  • Line dry, do not put the bag in your dryer
  • Do not wash the bag with diapers (or other items) that have loops or hooks
  • Do not use bleach or detergent with brighteners or other additives

Odor containment is also a concern with this "pail." Because the only barrier between the stinky contents and your nose is a zipper, the Hanging Bag does not prevent odors from escaping as well as simplehuman 38 Liter Rectangular Step Can and cloth diaper liner.

Conclusion


If you want a smaller option to hold your dirty cloth diapers, then the Planet Wise Hanging Bag might be what you need. With attractive patterns, lightweight materials, and hanging handles this bag is perfect for off the floor containment, traveling, or use as a hamper beyond your diapering days. While you can expect more odor from the bag than a traditional diaper pail, rinsing solids in the toilet and emptying the bag frequently, you can avoid a build-up of monumental proportions. We think the Hanging Bag is a good choice for cloth diapering families who want to keep it simple and avoid a plastic pail in their nursery.

Other Versions


The Wet/Dry bags are available in multiple sizes and styles. One option is the Planet Wise Clutch Wet/Dry Bag, a handy smaller bag to keep in your diaper bag or at daycare for changes on-the-go and away from home.

Planet Wise also makes a variety of brightly-designed diaper pail liners suitable for the simplehuman Step Can or other cloth diaper appropriate pails.


Juliet Spurrier, MD