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Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag Review

Whimsical, convenient, and space-saving way to hamper cloth diapers prior to wash
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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  ⋅  Sep 1, 2013
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The Skinny

These Planet Wise Waterproof Hanging Bags are adorable and come in many attractive designs and colors. The bags are lightweight and versatile. With the attached handle, it makes it easy to hang on a doorknob keeping it out of the way. While they are convenient and made of anti-microbial materials, they may not be very durable in the long run as the cloth can wear over time. Overall, we were very pleased with the performance as an eco-friendly choice for cloth diapers.


Our Analysis

Planet Wise is a family run company, owned by Nicki and Jesse Maynard. Their goal is to maintain an environmentally and socially responsible company. They strive to achieve this by manufacturing reusable products locally, using products made in the U.S.A. as much as possible, as well as ensuring that all products are PVC and lead-free. Employees are given flexible schedules to work around family schedules. In addition to selling the Hanging Bag, they also have products ranging from reusable wipe containers to nursing covers.

Performance Comparison


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

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 vessel that does not take up a ton of floor space. With the convenient handles, you can easily hang the bag on a doorknob, keeping it out of the way. Which is something that we appreciate, no need having a dirty diaper container on display. We also love that it is constructed of a lightweight cotton material making it ideal for traveling. The bag also has a front zipper pocket to store dry items, such as 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 of anti-microbial materials with a waterproof PUL inner and locking zipper, the Hanging Bag has hidden seals designed to 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


One thing to keep in mind with the Hanging Bag is durability. Made of cloth material instead of a plastic container is going to have a few trade-offs. Since you will be storing dirty cloth diapers in the bag, it will need frequent washings (don't forget to dispose of solid waste before tossing diaper in the bag). This will eventually cause colors to fade. Another possibility is the lining tearing or zipper coming off.

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 clean, wash and dry these liners (especially with regard to the warranty), Planet Wise has provided many in-depth instructions on its website. Here are some brief tips, however, to help with keeping these bags intact:
  • Wash bags with dish soap, rinse with water or on warm/cold in washing machine
  • Line dry is recommended, do not dry in dryer
  • Do not wash with diapers (or other items) that have loops or hooks
  • Do not use bleach or detergent with brighteners and/or additives

Another critical consideration is odor containment. Since the only barrier between the contents and your nose is a zipper, the Hanging Bag does not contain odor nearly as well as our two Editors' Choice Award winners, the Munchkin Step and the Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions.

Conclusion


If you are looking for a sustainable option for you dirty cloth diapers, the Planet Wise Hanging Bag might just do the trick. With the attractive patterns and lightweight, versatile nature, it is perfect for traveling or using beyond your diapering days, as long as you can tolerate the odor that will be emitted. Best to empty frequently to avoid a build up.

Other Versions and Accessories


The Wet/Dry bags are available in multiple sizes and styles. One option is the Planet Wise Clutch Wet/Dry Bag. It is a handy bag to keep in your diaper bag for changes when you are out and about.

Planet Wise also makes many brightly-designed diaper pail liners.


Juliet Spurrier, MD