Hygienic Disposal of Incontinence Products: Everything you Need to Know

Going to an anticipated social event can easily be ruined by worrying about incontinence. What if you need to change your product? Where do you dispose it?

Luckily, there are fool proof tips and advice that can help you avoid embarrassment when you dispose incontinence products. With a variety of products on the market, you do not need to worry about disposing a product.

Use Hygiene Products When Changing

If you are disposing products in bathroom bins, bringing along any sprays and scented products can help to mask any odour you are worried about. When changing pants or pads, skin cleaning products such as hand sanitisers and foam can help you feel fresh and clean. Incontinence wipes are convenient in size, and packs should be able to fit inside a standard handbag. To ensure you are fully clean after changing, bringing along incontinence wipes can be useful. This can provide you with more confidence and help you feel fresh. It may be useful to pack wet wipes, which do not require the use of foam or cleansing lotion alongside them. Wet wipes can be used on every part of your body and are perfect for perineal skin care when changing products. Ensure you never flush products in the toilet. Even the smallest pads should not be put in flushable toilets. They contain super absorbent gel, which can swell up and result in blockage.

You can read about the importance of using skin care products here.

Conti Continence Care Cleansing Wipes are a popular choice of wet wipes


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Get a Disposal System for your Home

Consider a disposable system for your home. This sounds like a small addition, however can make so much difference! This product can save you making regular trips to the outside bin. Disposal systems individually wrap and seal each pad in a fragranced, anti-bacterial film. This locks away germs and odours effectively and keeps your home smelling fresh and pleasant.

Use Disposable Bags

There are scented disposable bags in the market that are specially designed for the disposal of incontinence products. Do not settle for plastic supermarket bags, as these can be easily ripped and release unwanted odour. Scented bags are also a discreet solution help maintain your dignity, as your product will not be visible to others once it has been thrown away. With tie handles, they are also easy and convenient. Disposable bags provide a cost effective, convenient and practical solution. They are even made of 100 percent recyclable material, which is a bonus if you are passionate about caring for the environment. Ensure you fold up pads before they are placed in bags.


Wear Products that are Easy to Change

It is recommended that you wear a product that is easy to change if you are going to an event. This is specially ideal if you have poor mobility. If  you have heavy incontinence and poor mobility for example, an all in one might be easier to change out of than a pull up pant. Velcro fixation is also included in all in ones, which allows for fast changes. Wearing clothes that are not difficult to remove can also be helpful when changing products. You don't want to have to spend a long time in the bathroom changing products and clothes. Avoiding clothing such as very tight dresses or clothing with numerous buttons to undo. There are other ways to dress up that doesn't require tight, uncomfortable clothing!

Uncomfortable about Disposing Products in Someone Else’s Home? Find an Outdoor Bin

If you are uncomfortable about throwing away products in a bin inside, you could walk to a bin outside. If you can find a perfect time, it could be beneficial to walk to an outside bin and dispose your products there. This will put your mind at rest and help you to relax knowing there will be no odour inside the building. Taking a scented bin bag with you can help mask the odour, and no-one will know you have thrown a product away. Ensure you don’t use public trash cans without a disposable bag. This ensures the product is sealed and will not emit unpleasant odour.


If you are going to a social event, ensure you always carry spare products. You don’t know when or where you will end up having to change an incontinence product, so being proactive is invaluable.

Are you struggling to find a product that is perfect for you? Read our Product Guides Section for tips and advice.

Originally posted 2018-08-01 10:52:08.


  1. Roger Marsden Reply

    In disposing of lightly used incontinence pads .10 years or so ago these were treated as clinical waste and burnt. nowadays everything goes in normal household waste into land fill. Is this correct? Surely this is not too hygenic and from my own use of two pads per day must create a hugh waste problem.

    1. Moderator 1 Reply

      The disposal of incontinence supplies is a problem for the environment indeed. This is due to the nature of the goods and what they are made of (mostly plastic). The trend tends to go more towards reusable – Manufacturers start to understand the problem but the market will probably take quite a long time to adjust to these new environmentally friendly alternatives.

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