Disposing of bags

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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Most everyone will agree that the odor that comes with having a colostomy is really rank. I've had mine for over two years and I can't take dealing with the smell anymore. I must ask others what they do and how they dispose of the bags. I have a diaper pail I put mine in but in the summer it seems like the smell is MUCH worse and leeches out into my home. If a diaper pail doesn't work, then just putting them in the garbage is out of the question and I can't see running out to my garbage can every time I change. My home is air tight so if I keep it closed up at all and anyone comes over it smells. It's almost like the smell has permeated my furniture. The bags go into a plastic bag and is sealed with a knot. I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions??

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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Grandma Kat,
I suggest using Ziploc bags for disposal and a deodorizer in your pouch. Hydrogen peroxide is very inexpensive and eliminates the odor. You can spray Febreze on your furniture and put a couple of Glade Plug In's in the electrical outlets. If you bake some chocolate chip cookies when the grandchildren come over, that's all their little noses will smell! :-)

Hope that helps!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
my bags come with these brown plastic bags and they keep the smell in really good

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   Posted 6/24/2008 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I just use scented plastic nappy (diaper) bags that you can get 100 for a $1 or similar. Then put them in the trash outside :)
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
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