I didn’t go for the whole Diaper Genie at first. I was like, “Why do I need that? My small trash can with the lid works just fine! Yay me!” And then Jack became older and older and his poops started smelling worse and worse and finally I was like, “Dang boy!” and I buckled and bought one. First thing that came to my mind, besides that I wished I had thought of this genius invention myself and was making millions from it, was that it seemed very un-eco-friendly and that it also seemed a little expensive. I mean, the refills are like $16 (which means about $400-$500 a year), they only last a short time, and none of it is biodegradable. I bought one anyways because of the stink, but immediately worked on figuring a way around both the cost and the anti-earth friendly aspects of my new purchase. BOOM, done and done. Here is the skinny.
1. Buy a diaper Genie
2. Use the bags it comes with until they run out
3. Eco-friendly solution: Buy 10 Gallon biodegradable trash bags online, preferably with a pull tie but if not no biggie. The ones I bought were 70 bags for $7. CHEAP!
Un-Eco-Friendly: Just go buy some regular 10 gallon trash bags from the store, preferably with a pull tie.
4. Okay, now your Genie bags have run out and you are left holding this:
Take your trash bag, put it though the middle of your plastic ring, feather the top of the bag around the outside of the ring and loosely tie the strings around it. You have to leave space for the diapers to pass through so don’t tie it too tight. If you have no strings you can just tie your bag in a knot.
That’s it folks. Cheap, eco-friendly if you want it to be, kind of amazing. You can also take it one step further than I did and either purchase or make a cute reusable fabric bag. Here is a link to some super cute ones that are pre-made for the die hard earth friendly momma!
And a preview of the cute fabrics they use: