DIY for Frugal Living – Diaper Genie Refills

by Mary on March 23, 2012

Please remember to “PIN” this great Diaper Genie refill tip so you will have it when you need it.

After running out of all the refills that were bought for us at our baby shower we knew there had to be some way of just using regular 10 gallon trash bags as a substitute. Guess what, there is!!! I haven’t had to buy refills for over a year and I am able to fit a ton more diapers in a standard trash bag.


  • Empty Diaper Genie tray
  • 10 gallon kitchen trash bags


Step 1:

Place the unopened trash bag (sealed edge down) through the empty tray and then down in the barrel.

Step 2:

Unfold the open end of the trash bag and wrap it around the top of the empty tray.

Step 3:

Place the tray back into the pocket making sure the trash bag is secured underneath. Replace the lid and fill as usual with all those dirty diapers.

~The only difference my husband and I have noticed is that a trash bag (we have never tried the scented type) does not lock in odors as well as the Diaper Genie brand refills do. It also does smell more while removing the bag because you can’t twist it while in the barrel. You must remove the bag first and then tie like you would when taking out the trash. We have decided the smell is tolerable if it is saving us a bunch of money ;)

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Hilbert March 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm 1

Even better tip. Take the refill apart, place the trash bag into the genie and leave enough the the top of the bag sticking out. Put the large part of the refill where it goes. Take any excess of the bag and tuck it into the refill and then snap the small piece back on. We have been doing this for 4 years now. You can also use the scented trash bags so it doesn’t smell bad

Teresita December 31, 2012 at 9:07 am 2

I went to “smart and final” and bought a roll of produce bags. I would pop a dirty diaper in the bag tie it closed and toss it in the waste basket. I think the entire roll cost me $6 and I still have bags leftover. So one roll lasted me about 2 1/2 years! Talk about saving money!

Teresita December 31, 2012 at 9:09 am 3

Oh i put the roll of produce bags in a stand up paper towel dispenser on the changing table.

Jessica February 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm 4

You can put an air freshener at the bottom of the diaper genie (not the bag) to help with the odor. Haven’t tried doing the DIY diaper refills yet. Plan too, but on another DIY refill I read that what they did. Hope this helps, but scented type garbage bags should also help on top of that. But your right it don’t matter. As long as your saving money is what im planning to do. Thank you

Anna May 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm 5

FANTASTIC idea… I wonder if sprinkling baking soda (keep in a baby powder bottle or similar style container nearby?) in bin/in bottom of bag would help with odors? Will have to try…

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