Diaper Genie Refill-Alternative

Just Another Way to Save Money

One night while snuggling my little baby to sleep, I was pondering the deep things of life, things such as the cost of diapers. We invested in a diaper genie and have been really happy with it because it controls the odor of the diapers and we don't have to take the diapers outside every day. It is fairly low cost to get the diaper genie yet the refills can be quite expensive. Although the refill bags are quite easy to use and keep the stench down, sometimes it still lets out smell when you open the lid to add another diaper, even if it's not completely full. I began to wonder if it weren't possible to use regular garbage bags instead of the brand refills.

I have always been a fan of Ruffies garbage bags because they are scented and they are cheap. I thought, instead of using the diaper genie refills, maybe I would try to use these garbage bags. So I tried, and I conquered...here's how I did it.

You will need one empty diaper genie refill, a diaper genie, and an 8 gallon garbage bag.

First, you remove the lid of the diaper genie and remove the empty diaper genie refill plastic as though you normally do.
First, you remove the lid of the diaper genie and remove the empty diaper genie refill plastic as though you normally do.
Open the garbage bag and push it through the diaper genie whole until there is enough left out to cover the outside of the plastic refill container.
Open the garbage bag and push it through the diaper genie whole until there is enough left out to cover the outside of the plastic refill container.
TIP: After getting the bag in initially, pull the bag through from the bottom.
TIP: After getting the bag in initially, pull the bag through from the bottom.
Place the empty plastic container on top of the garbage bag to hold it down, leaving enough garbage bag available to tuck into the plastic.
Place the empty plastic container on top of the garbage bag to hold it down, leaving enough garbage bag available to tuck into the plastic.
Proceed to tuck the edge of the garbage bag into the empty refill. This helps keep it in place when adding diapers.
Proceed to tuck the edge of the garbage bag into the empty refill. This helps keep it in place when adding diapers.
Place the lid back on the diaper genie and you are ready to roll!
Place the lid back on the diaper genie and you are ready to roll!

Once the bag gets pretty full, it might start coming out from the refill container, but then it's time to get a new bag. Or you can tuck the edges back into the refill container for a few more uses. You may have to change the bag slightly more often than the actual diaper genie refills, but you can pick scented bags that help mask the odor and get them at a fraction of the price. This has helped me and I hope it helps you. Happy saving.

NOTES AND TIPS AFTER MONTHS OF USE

It has been many months since I have tried this money saving tip and am thankful that many others have been able to use it as well. I have experimented with various types of garbage bags as well, and have tried some thicker ones as well as double bagging in order to help keep out the odor. Although some of the more expensive bags can help reduce odor, it still is worth the cost to double bag the inexpensive ones.

I have found that if you are going to keep the bag in the diaper genie for a long time, the diaper genie refills do keep down the odor better, yet it will still smell when you open the lid. When the diaper genie bag gets full it is quicker to change, yet the more you use the trash bags, the quicker you get! And I have been glad when I have run out of diaper genie refills that I had my trash bag alternative as back up!

Although you may have to change the trash bag more often, I still find it a much more economical approach to use regular trash bags. The smellier the diaper, the sooner you should also change the bag! Although a regular garbage can could do something similar, I have two dogs that would knock over even a can with a lid so I will continue to use the diaper genie along with both their refills and garbage bags! I tend to go back on occasion to the brand refill and yet once I pay for them, I remember why I chose the alternative and then go back to the trash bags.

If you use this alternative and have any helpful tips, let us know! Thanks!

Comments 6 comments

silly me 5 years ago

Great idea. We use the diaper genie and I totally agree with everything you wrote about it! I had thought about using regular garbage bags before, but hadn't tried it yet! I surely will now! Thank you so much for sharing!


Leslie Bell 5 years ago

My sister, Carolyn Winningham told me about this :) and I tried it yesterdat for the first time and it worked!!! We cannot believe how much money this saves! A refill is $6 and a bag of 76 garbage bags (ruffied scented) cost $4.12. My husband figured that we would only need to put 3 diapers in each bag to save money (we will obviously put more than this in each one) thanks for trying it and helping us save $$$$!


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short and sweet 5 years ago from Southwest Florida Author

Hi! Glad it works for you too. We have tried it with a few different garbage bags and the ruffies are as good as the more expensive kind. You do have to change it more often than the diaper genie but it's worth it for the cost I think! If you leave it for too many days the smell can get kinda potent though, warning! But it still is cheaper than the other refills :) Say Hi to Carolyn for me!


Courtney 4 years ago

Thanks, I love this idea! I have a Diaper Genie ($5 at a garage sale) but baby isn't here yet. I saw the price of the refills and started seriously wondering if I'd ever use that thing, then saw someone mention on a baby website that they use trash bags instead. Now that I know how to do it, I'm completely planning on buying 1 refill and just buying Ruffies after that.


JustThoughts 3 years ago

You can also use veterinary long pastic gloves as bag. They fit perfectly, you just need to roll the glove up, shove it in the original plastic genie holder and you're ready. True, it doesn't last long cause it slips near the end but I will try combining an elastic band for that last portion.


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short and sweet 3 years ago from Southwest Florida Author

Thanks JustThoughts. Where can you get veterinary plastic gloves?

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