I have 14 diapers, so I wash them every other day. I could get more and not have to wash as often, but then I think the smell would set in more, and I don't mind doing the wash that often.
Here are a few little tips I have come up with:
For a diaper pail; I bought a medium sized trash can with a pop-up lid and two large white pillow cases to use as can liners. The pillow cases fit the trash can great and I can wash them in with the diapers!
I bought a small squirt bottle for $0.99 and I make my own "but wash" using a squirt of baby wash and fill the bottle with water. (I open the diaper, squirt some on him and some on the cloth wipe, diaper goes in the pail and I wipe him down). I keep my cloth wipes (unfolded) in a stack on his dresser next to the changing table for easy access.
I have designated a pair of rubber gloves as my "diaper gloves". I don't really want to touch the wet diapers or inserts as I take them apart to wash, so I wear gloves and wash them with dish soap when I'm done. They hang by the washing machine and I even wrote "diaper" on them with a marker so hubby wouldn't grab them and use them for something else.
I will probably still use disposable diapers on a rare occasion. If were ever going to be out all day I would rather be able to throw away a dirty diaper then have to carry it with me for several hours. Also if my son ever had bad diarrhea I will definitely use disposables then.
Other than that I am a "cloth diapering momma". I have yet to have a single leak, even at night. Which at night I double up and use Hemp Babies Bigger Weeds and a infant size insert. Which was recommended by moms on several different message boards. (The Bum Genius One-Size diaper comes with both a infant size insert and a one-size insert) I have 3 Hemp Babies.
One more tip: The diapers are available in pink, blue, green, yellow and white. Because I have a boy I obviously did not get any pink, LOL. I have 4 each of blue, green and yellow and 2 white. Since I double up at night I use the white diapers for night time. That way its easy to know without even touching them which one is doubled. I can tell my husband, put on the white diaper before bed. And when stuffing diapers after washing I remember to double stuff the white ones.
Its easier for me that way. Cloth diapers are great! I only wish I would have discovered them sooner. Better late then never.