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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.
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!