After 5 years of “making do” with dunking, swishing, scraping and diaper liners, I’ve been given the chance to use a diaper sprayer, and this one is not JUST for diapers (more on that later). Melissa at qdSpray invited me to give her sink-mounted sprayer a test drive this fall. She was extremely helpful through the whole process since I was a complete amateur in the diapering spraying department.
After measuring the distance from my sink to the toilet, I received the qdSpray with an 8-foot hose. Melissa also included some handy extras: a small aerator wrench to make installation easier, and an extra adapter so I could use the sprayer with other types of sinks.
Basic features of the qdSpray:
- Product bundle includes the spray head and hose, faucet adapter, rubber washers and a mesh carry bag
- Available in three lengths: 4 feet ($39.99), 8 feet ($44.99) and 12 feet ($49.99)
- Hose and fittings are food grade and conform to potable water standards
- Backed by a 1 year limited warranty which protects against material defects and workmanship. The sprayer, or defective parts, will be repaired or replaced at no cost to the customer.
There are a few styles of sinks that aren’t compatible with the qdSpray; one is the “fountain” style and that happened to be what we had in our master bath. So I chose to install the qdSpray in our main bathroom. Installation was very straightforward and simple. It took me about 5 minutes using the easy-to-follow instruction manual.
- First, I removed the aerator and old washer from the sink head.
- Second, I popped the faucet adapter out of the sprayer connector.
- Third, I screwed said faucet adapter onto the sink head.
- Fourth, I pulled back the green slip collar to connect the spray hose to the sink head.
I was in business!
With steps 1-3 under my belt, I only have to complete step 4 when it’s time to spray a dirty diaper. The adapter is already in place on the faucet head. I pop the hose on and the qdSpray is ready to roll.
With the aerator taken out and the qdSpray adapter permanently in place, this is what the water flow looks like (below) when our children use the sink for daily activities like hand washing, tooth brushing, etc. You don’t have to leave the adapter on all the time; I chose to because it makes using the sprayer faster and easier.
With the spray hose in place, I can adjust the water pressure and temperature using the taps. When I’m done spraying the diaper, I turn off the water and then press the trigger to release pressure. Pressing down the green spray collar releases the sprayer from the sink head. At this point, it’s a good idea to hold the spray head up in the air while letting water drain from the tube down into the sink. Then it’s time to put the sprayer away until another dirty diaper arrives on the scene.
Here are the advantages you get with a qdSpray, as opposed to the typical toilet-mounted sprayer:
- You can choose from 3 different hose lengths.
- Because you detach it after use and put it away, there are no worries about other children fooling with the sprayer when you’re not looking!
- Because it’s sink-mounted, you can adjust water pressure and temperature.
- For about $40 you are getting more than just a diaper sprayer. You can wash your children’s hair in the tub, wash your hair in the sink, give your pets a bath, spray out the tub and sink after cleaning, hose down muddy boots and dirty yard toys, etc. You can probably think of even more uses! To make a sink-mounted sprayer comparable to this, you’d spend $20 to $30 on materials; with a range of $39 to $49 and a free carry bag and 1-year-warranty tacked on, I would say the qdSpray is very moderately priced.
- It is lightweight and portable. The qdSpray can be easily taken on a camping trip or to Grandma’s house. The mesh bag is handy for carrying. If you plan to travel with the qdSpray, I would suggest getting the 2 adapters they sell, just in case the taps are different somewhere else.
- It might work where other sprayers don’t; some apartments do not allow you to install toilet-mounted sprayers. Additionally some toilets do not have a flexible supply line or other components necessary to hook up a traditional sprayer.
And since no product is right for every situation, here are some of the drawbacks to the qdSpray:
- Although popping the qdSpray onto the faucet is easy and fast, it’s another thing to do. A traditional sprayer is immediately ready to go.
- If you want the aerator to stay on your faucet head, then you’ll need to detach it and the washers and gaskets each time you want to attach the qdSpray.
- A few styles of sinks do not work with the qdSpray
Since I had some questions when first starting out with the qdSpray, I thought you might as well. So I’ve included a few of them here with my answers.
Do you need a lot of plumbing knowledge to set it up? Not at all. I know very little about plumbing and managed just fine with the owners manual, which is a very small booklet – brief and to the point. There are photos and diagrams just in case you need visual reassurance. There are also videos on the website. Setting the whole thing up took 5 minutes. Now that the adapter is in place, it takes about 10 seconds.
Where do you store the sprayer? I coil it up, drop it in the mesh bag and hang on a hook in the bathroom. You can hang it anywhere you want, or store in a vanity drawer or closet.
Do you spray diapers in the sink? I guess you can if you want (toilet water and sink water all drain to the same place), but ideally diapers should be sprayed into the toilet. That’s why the qdSpray is offered in different lengths – so it can easily stretch to reach the potty. If you do want to spray diapers in the sink, a deep laundry sink would be the best way to go, and you’d want to clean it well after the job is done.
Do you or the toilet seat get wet? As long as I’m careful about diaper placement and water pressure, there’s rarely any “sprayback.”
What do you do with the dirty diaper while hooking up the sprayer? This isn’t really an issue since the qdSpray hooks up in about 10 seconds. I roll up the dirty diaper on the toilet seat for that brief time period. If you’re worried about a smooth operator (think: curious toddler) getting into the diaper while your back is turned for 10 seconds, I would suggest hooking up the sprayer first and then bringing the dirty diaper into the bathroom.
Does the hose stay coiled up? Right out of the box, a new qdSpray hose is kind of stiff. It doesn’t affect function, but I did ask Melissa if there was a way to “soften” it up and make it more pliable. She suggested stretching it out as straight as I could while letting hot water run through for a minute or so. This worked very well.
Do I really need a diaper sprayer? That’s a question only you can answer. I got by without one for years, and for several reasons. I didn’t want something permanently hooked to my toilet. I didn’t want to shell out $40 or more for what was just “a cloth diaper accessory.” I also assumed it would be tricky to install. The qdSpray has shot all 3 of my reasons out of the water. While I could still get along ok without it, I love not experiencing DIAPER DREAD anymore. That’s when you’re faced with a mess so bad that, despite your love for your progeny, the thought of scraping, dunking and swishing their diapers is utterly repugnant. I’m talking about #2 diapers that even a liner can’t begin to contain or minimize. As fate would have it, throughout the qdSpray testing phase, Erik was dealing alternately with a really bad cold AND a food sensitivity, both of which produced some of the most abominable toddler output you could imagine. I wasn’t just spraying diapers; I was spraying clothes and sheets multiple times a day. The qdSpray is worth every penny of that $45. Over the years, I’ve easily spent $100 on flushable liners and disposable diapers as a means of minimizing the “ick factor” when dealing with messier-than-usual cloth diapers.
You can purchase a qdSpray directly from their website, or from select retailers.
If you have questions or comments, please leave them below! I’ll be glad to help as best I can. You can also enter to a win a qdSpray of your own! The giveaway is limited to US residents only.