With my first child, I did not use a Playtex diaper genie. I believed it was one of those baby items that was completely unnecessary and that no one needed. It’s just a glorified trash can, right? I was wrong. I was so wrong. I learned recently that the best diaper pail is often cheap, secondhand, and has refills you can make yourself. Check out how I make our diaper genie refill packs at home!
I made a list of Baby Must Haves that were all things we didn’t have with our first kid but were must-haves with our second. I wish we’d had them all with our first! You can find the list in the Transformation Toolkit.
Best Diaper Pail
Right before my no spend week challenge, I found this Playtex diaper genie at a thrift store for $1.50! It was 50% off day, and the diaper smell was starting to get overwhelming in our guest bathroom. Our oldest still wears goodnights at nighttime, and the smell is just atrocious if the trash doesn’t get taken out of there daily. I’d been hunting a cheap diaper genie for a few weeks- because I refuse to pay full price for baby gear these days- and finally found one that met my rules for thrifting. SCORE!
DIY Diaper Genie Refill
I checked on Amazon and was shocked how expensive ONE refill pack was for the diaper genie- $6 for ONE! That’s ridiculous for something that will hold my kid’s gross diapers. There had to be a way to make a diaper genie refill without buying them at the store.
I had started my no spend week, so I couldn’t buy anything, but I wanted to use the new Playtex diaper genie. I figured out a way to make a diaper genie refill with stuff I had at home. Thankfully, whoever dropped the best diaper pail at the thrift store, left one of the blue refill bag rings in it. After some trial and error, I figured out how to make a diaper genie refill by using the blue refill ring, a trash bag, and a giant rubber band! It’s super easy, and you can do it too!
What you’ll need
- Playtex Diaper Genie Ring
- White Kitchen Trash Bag
- Large Rubber Band
How to Make a Diaper Genie Refill
Place cash bag inside the blue refill disk
Tuck the top of the trash bag into the refill disk.
Place the rubber band on top of the trash bag. It will go around the ‘lip’ of the refill disk.
And that’s it! You’ve successfully made a diaper genie refill!
Now place the disk back into your Playtex diaper genie and ensure the trash bag is unobstructed.
Close the lid, and you’re all set!
Easy peasy! A diaper genie refill made from items you (probably) already have in your house!
I’ve tested this method out for the last week, and the rubber band holds just fine! I can’t believe we’ve gone so long without a diaper pail. I love no longer smelling gross preschooler overnight diapers in our guest bathroom! A Playtex diaper genie is definitely on my must-have baby gear list. Diapers are a necessary evil with children, but that doesn’t mean you should smell them!
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