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on January 21, 2013
There are hundreds of reviewers who rightly complain about the price of these refills. I'm quick to join them. However, the Daiper Genie just flat-out works too well to retire so here's what we do to save money.

When the Genie gets full, I pull the bag out and use scissors to cut the bottom knot off and let all the dirty diapers fall into a trash bag or grocery bag, which I then tie up and toss in the outside garbage. I then simply retie the Genie Refill bag and use it again. It doubles (or triples) the life of the refills.
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on February 27, 2016
This is one of the grossest stories but is a testament to how well this product works. I am one who buys the environmentally friendly product most of the time but when our kid got to the stage of really stinky diapers, we couldn't take it and bought the Diaper Genie. After our kid was done with diapers, someone stashed the Genie in our garage to use for our next kid. Well about 2 years later, the next kid arrives and we pull the Genie out of the garage to dust off and use again. Guess what we found?! We found old diapers in it - not infested with bugs, not stinking outside the bag at all, and the bag was intact. They were in there for years and nobody noticed! Of course when we cut the bag off to throw it out, we were hit with quite the stench but it was remarkably contained all that time. We were very impressed and grossed out at the same time.
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on February 27, 2017
When it comes to having babies around the house, the stinky diaper is inevitable, it's actually a daily (and often multiple times a day) occurrence. Who wants to have those stinky diapers smelling up the house from the trash, or even worse, have to take every stinky diaper outside every time? Both of those are a pain, so it's a good thing the Diaper Genie and similar systems were invented. Now you can dispose of those stinky diapers right there at the changing table and trap the smell in. Of course this wouldn't be possible without the bags to store them in, and these refills are the way to go. Keep the mess and smell trapped and easily dispose of multiple diapers at once when you fill the bag. I don't know if these work in other systems as we only have Diaper Genies in our house at the moment, but we wouldn't dream of trading them for the world. Having kids soon? Get one of these systems and stock up on some refills. Might I suggest one with a foot pedal instead of a lid you have to flip up yourself...the first exploding diaper you get to deal with will explain that perfectly.
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on August 10, 2017
You thought poop bags were only for walking the dog? NOPE!

Some genius over at Playtex thought "Let's put a crap catcher, in a crap bag." BOOM! Diaper Genie was born. Why wouldn't customers want something like that? No one intends to walk the 100 ft. to their garbage to dispose of that small package of human waste. ...Exercise be danged!

It's better if we keep it all in a pail in our children's room, let it ferment a little. We want those babies to stack on top of each other until it hits capacity. It's like a poop filled jack in the box; you're hoping you're not caught with a diaper poking out the top. "Please make it fit!" you tell yourself as you try and shove one more poo present into the pail as hard as you can. You just hope it's your spouse that gets stuck with the one that doesn't make it in.

In the case you're the lucky one that doesn't make it fit, you turn into Poo Santa as you heft that long blue bag of caca over your shoulder and out that long 100 ft. walk the garbage. "HO HO HO," you say, as see your neighbors look at you with disgust from the smell the permeates everywhere like a skunk gone wild.

Let's get real though; this is a lazy man's dream for disposing of those poo pockets.

Smart of Playtex for thinking of a way to make me pay for it over and over and over again with their fancy round sack distributor. We wouldn't want to make it work with regular garbage bags, would we?

Over all, a decent product.

In Review:

* I rubbed this poo pail, and no genie came out.
* Poop is gross. Why not collect it?
* Playtex hit a home run
* Poo presents from Santa... some of us deserve that.
* I'm lazy
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on March 8, 2018
UGH!!.. not too happy...Ok, Let me start with saying, I like my Diaper Genie, really I do. The idea of keeping smelly poo filled diapers in a bag-sealed in a bin, in my bathroom is still gross to me, but the fact that I don't have to "smell" them until it is garbage night makes it a little easier. I have always bought my refills at a big name store because I usually run out and NEED them. This time, I thought ahead... ordered from Amazon! Woo-hoo, 2 day shipping and a tad cheaper. Anyhow, fast forward a few weeks and I go to empty my diaper bin only to find the bin full of diapers and the bag seam slit wide open!! Not a big deal, I had to pull out about 3 feet until the tube was sealed again. Waste of money! Fine, it's whatever. I finished that one and put in a fresh pack, knot the bottom and it's business as usual... until it happens again-ripped seam, only this time the diapers leaked into the bottom of the bin!!!... OMG!!! How awful? week old stinky diaper 'yuck' filled the bottom of my bin!.... EWW!!!! Gross!!!!! I thought the Diaper Genie was supposed to make my life with a baby easier, not make things worse. :(
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on January 8, 2018
Many others have hit the highs (they work reasonably well) and lows (they’re expensive) of these bags. I have just one major concern to add. When I tear off a full section of bag, I end up with coin-sized bits of plastic bag on the floor. They’re hard to see because they’re virtually clear, but I pick them up as soon as I see them. The hazard is my infant finding one first and sticking it in her mouth. As you probably know, clingy plastic can easily block off a baby’s windpipe, and it would be hard to figure out (in time) why the baby isn’t breathing. I don’t know if the problem lies in the bags or in the newest incarnation of the Diaper Genie pail, but this didn’t happen with my older Diaper Genie.
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on June 23, 2014
Okay, it's not really a trick but it is basically common sense if you think about it. If this is your first baby then you might not even realize you can do this.

Let's be honest, this whole Diaper Genie concept is ingenious. Who wants to smell poopy diapers thrown in an inside trashcan or have to traipse up and down the stairs and walk them to the outside trashcan? Not me. That's where this little baby (no pun) comes in real handy. But alas, as many have stated before, the refills can become quite expensive real fast unless you use it correctly.

Bottom line (and only halfway through my rant, lol), only use it for the poopy diapers (aka #2). Why take up valuable space for just a pee (#1) diaper? Just throw the #1 diapers into whatever trash can you have nearby and take the garbage out as you normally would. In our case we have a small waste basket outside the little guy's room and once a day we empty it into the big trash can and take it outside to the even bigger trash can. And once a week and even bigger trash can (on wheels) comes and takes it to an even bigger trash can.

But for #2 diapers we use the Diaper Genie. Since he's a regular once a day kind of guy we don't usually have to empty the Genie but once a week. Which makes each refill last about 2 months and each 3-pack around 6 months. If you use it that way it isn't really much of a financial burden.

Now, someone else suggested, when the bag is full, cutting the bottom of the bag (where the knot is) and emptying the diapers into the trash can and then retying and reusing the genie bag over and over. To me that is just gross and possibly messy. I'm not that desperate and if you use it only for poopy diapers you should be fine.
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Top Contributor: Babyon April 17, 2017
Diaper Genie pail, bags and filters a winning combo! I've already given 5 stars for the Diaper Genie Elite and the carbon filters. At 8 months we've just changed the filter once (I know you're supposed to do every 3 months but I always forget as there is no odor coming from the pail). Even now that the boy is eating a lot of solids and his poos are stinkier and more solid, we still have no smell escaping. The bags themselves are easy to change. I'm not sure about the claim of "up to 270 diapers". I guess "up to" can mean anywhere from 1 to 270. We change rolls about once per month, maybe a little more frequently than that. Amazon might not be the cheapest place to buy, although we have. We usually get at Costco, which sells a 4-pack which is a little cheaper per roll.
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VINE VOICEon October 8, 2016
Personally, I use my diaper genie to store my puppie's dog used & tied up poop bags (already bagged individually), but still smell through the bags so it doesn't smell by the side of my house. The diaper genie and its original bags it came with did such a good job holding the odors, that I am more than happy to stick with what works so well, than risk generic bags that might not contain odors as well. When I change my diaper genie every 2 weeks, and I cut and squeeze out the tiny bit of air at the top so I can twist and tie it, it smells like death from such a small amount of air escaping. To me, this means the original bags really do hold the odors very well.

The whole reason I bought a diaper genie is to minimize oders, so I'm not messing around, and buying the bags that will definitely work. I got the 3-pack, and whenever I take the last one, I order more so I never run out.
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on November 29, 2014
Playtex Diaper Genie refills are probably more suitable to babies who are not yet consuming baby or table food. As we all know, a baby's 'aroma therapy' (lol) becomes a lot stronger as they progress to solid foods, and the Diaper Genie did a substandard job at containing the odor after my child turned six months. Another Amazon customer recommended using Glad Odor Shield bags in lieu of the refills, and it works PERFECTLY (and is a more cost-effective alternative). Save the plastic ring that comes with the refills, and wrap the top of the plastic bag around the ring (Start with the bag inside of the ring and wrap it around the perimeter). Then, pull the draw string and tie it in a bow underneath the refill ring. Next, push the bottom of the bag through the opening of the Diaper Genie (the same opening you use to place soiled diapers inside of the genie). Finally, place the ring and plastic bag in the Diaper Genie, and it is ready for use. My baby is a little stinker :-), and I can now open the Diaper Genie without being hit by a wave of funk in my face. :-) I paid approximately $11 for a box of 80 Glad Odor Shield kitchen bags on Amazon, so this method is also saving me a lot of money.
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