Monday, May 24, 2010

Diaper Genie Refill Alternative

So, I have three, yes three babies in diapers! That equals a lot of stinky diapers in this house, and yes I am slightly ashamed to admit that we have two Diaper Genie II's, but I love them and I think they love me back. However, the one thing I hate about using a Diaper Genie is that the refills are ungodly expensive, and there are never good sales or coupons for them either.

I am so happy to announce to you that today my dear readers,  I discovered something at Wal-mart that I am VERY excited about....a generic diaper pail refill! I had no idea such a thing existed, especially a refill that is universal among brands! We put it in right away when we got home, and I am happy to tell you that I think it works great! Now, it is not exactly the same, it is just a system of bags instead of one long continuous bag that pulls down as you add diapers. But, this generic refill holds all the diapers, keeps in the odor, and holds more diapers per refill than the diaper genie brand refills!

What is the best part? The price! The best everyday price I've seen for Diaper Genie II refills is at Wal-mart where they are normally $6 each, but this generic is $4.50! That is at least a 25% savings plus it holds more diapers so it should last a little longer than the Diaper Genie brand refill. It says on the package that these refills can be used with Diaper Genie II, Diaper Genie II Elite, Diaper Champ, Diaper Champ Deluxe, Safety First Easy Saver, Safety First Simple Step, Safety First Neat, and The First Years Clean Air.


  1. Hi There,
    I’m your newest follower! I am following from Tuesday Tag-Along.

    Now that is a great find! We had one of those diaper thingies with my oldest son, and the refills sure were costly.

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  2. thank you for this post.
    i recently bought a genie elite II, but am now having 2nd thoughts about it, given the costly refills. would you know if stores other than walmart carry this generic product too?
    how about regular garbage bags, would they work as well?
    thanks again.

  3. Kristin - I don't know if this is carried any where else besides Wal-mart, but seeing as it isn't Wal-mart store brand it wouldn't hurt to look. But, the good thing is that once you buy this generic refill once, you could just use trash bags, or plastic grocery sacks if you wanted. It comes with a ring insert that holds in the bags, so once you have that ring, you could use any bag.

  4. I know this is an old thread, but we bought one refill and saved the empty ring. You can use the ring to hold in a trash bag (as long as the bag reaches the bottom of the diaper genie, otherwise the weight of the diapers will pull the bag out.

  5. THANK YOU!!!!! I'm pregnant with my 3rd child and this will be my 1st experience with the Diaper Genie Elite system. I'm always looking for ways to save money and this is just perfect....I'll go look for these bags today ;0)

  6. I too knew there had to be something else; the Genie refills are $10 where I am and that is crazy considering one lasted me 3 weeks.

    Now I just use a clear kitchen garbage bag in the bottom section, and it works great. So, just open up the Genie and put in the bag, and close it; You do see some of the bag outside, but I bought the clear bags so it is not so obvious. I did the math and a year worth of Genie refills would have been $170, and the garbage bags is $8......wish I would have figured this out a while ago

  7. I am from Manitoba Canada and have never seen a diaper genie 2 refill sold separately for less than 9.00 (taxes included). Costco does sell a 3pk for a reasonable price however the nearest one is 2hrs away from here. I was browsing the pet section today in our walmart and noticed how similar the refill canisters for the "Litter Locker 2" looked as compared the diaper genie ones. They were priced a couple of dollars cheaper than the diaper genie refills so I opted to buy on of those knowing I could always return it if the ring didn't fit in the diaper genie. I popped the Litter locker refill in (snug but did fit) and it seems to work pretty well the same as the DG one. I will have to wait a couple weeks and see if the capacity is comparable. If so I will just opt to buy these ones instead from now on.

    1. I am curious to know the results of your comparison of the Litter Locker and Diaper Genie refills. Costco's diaper genie 3-pack is 21 bucks and Litter Locker individually is 7 at Mondou - so the same but if one were to go on sale...


      BTW:Try this url for Litter Locker, $7 on "big al's pets"

  8. So you guys are saying after I buy the WalMart generic ring and use its diaper bags, I can just hook a regular tall kitchen trash bag on the empty ring and use it (shoving down and turning 3 times) as I did with the first ring? Hope I've got that right. Thanks.

  9. I'm still having trouble picturing how you connect a trash bag to the ring and twist and use it progressively like the regular Genie refill. Are there any YouTube videos showing how to do this? It would be great if someone would make one.

  10. The Genie II doesn't have a twisting system like the original Genies. I never did figure out how to use regular trash bags with the original Genie (and make it twist--can just put a bag in there and keep the lid closed, but it gets stinky), and now they don't make refills for that anymore, so I got a new Genie II. It uses less plastic overall and the generic refills mentioned here are great.

  11. trash bags don't hold in the stench ... at all

  12. thats the problem ... you need the refill

  13. Funny, I started buying the Diaper Genie refills because they were so much cheaper than the Litter Locker! Target sold the original Diaper Genie refills for about $5, while the Litter Locker refills were always around $9-$10.

  14. Can someone tell me if the Diaper Genie 2 refills would fit in the Litter Locker 2?

  15. So, how do put a regular garbage bag in the refill cartridge?

  16. I am curious too. The Litter Genie refills are expensive, more so than the diaper genie here.

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