Litter Genie Refill Hack

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Introduction: Litter Genie Refill Hack

The Litter Genie is a great little product that allows you to keep dirty cat litter in an odor free pail until you're ready to dispose of it. It works really well, in part because of the special bags that prevent the odor from seeping through.

I have used grocery bags and dog poop bags in the traditional scoop and toss in the trash process and the odor always seeps out. When opening the trash to toss out dinner scraps, you are assaulted by the smell of cat poop. It's revolting. And it eventually seeps out of the trash bin and stinks up the house

So my spoiled, lazy side beats my frugal side into submission and I purchase a Litter Genie. As stated earlier, it really works! But the price of the refills really gall me and my frugal side is now screaming "I told you so!".

This hack will extend the life of a litter genie refill for approx. one year.

You will need:

1 Litter Genie

1 litter genie refill

1-10 ordinary plastic grocery bags

1 of either:

rubber band

reusable bag clip - used in this instructable

Step 1: Apply Clip to Litter Genie Bag, Instead of Knotting As Directions Indicate

In pic 1, you see the bottom of the litter genie bag knotted as instructed by manufacturer.

When the bag is full, you are supposed to use the built in cutter (see pic 2), to cut the full portion off for disposal. A knot is tied in the end of the unused portion and we begin the process again, continuing until the refills are gone and we need to buy more.

In pic 3, you see the bag clip applied to the bottom of the refill bag instead of the knot. (I twist the bag once or twice to create a more secure seal)

Step 2: Line the Litter Genie Pail With an Ordinary Plastic Shopping Bag.

Line the pail with ordinary plastic bags from grocery store. You can layer multiple bags making disposal even easier.

There is no need to leave the bags overlapping the pail edges when the litter genie is closed.

Step 3: Place Litter Genie Bag End Inside the Grocery Bags.

Place litter genie bag inside the grocery bags.( pic 1)

When bag is full, simply remove clip and let used litter fall into grocery bag. Remove grocery bag and dispose. (pic 2)

Replace clip and put litter bag end inside grocery bag. (pic 3)

Close up litter genie.

Continue this process until blue bag gets funky and then cut it off and use a new section.

A basic refill has approx. 12 bags or 13 feet. Using this hack, you should get a month or more of use before having to cut the bag because it's dirty. So a refill should last about a year (unless kitty gets tummy trouble ...eeew).



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I purchase the bag refills on Amazon and it's a whole lot cheaper. We have 4 cats and they don't go outside in winter so we need to use more during cold months.
This might help extend the life and cost less. Thanks!



This is my question. When you're following your method how do you keep refill blue bag from coming out. I mean every time I take clip off to dump waste the blue bag keep coming. I end up cutting off like a foot of it or else I end up with a foot beyond where I clip it?? Do you understand what I'm saying??


You do indeed have to keep the blue bag a bit long. when you take the clip off, you pull up the top end of the blue bag as you let the waste fall into the shopping bags.
The extra length of the blue bag should be before the clip.
There is no need to cut it.

Hi...I have a question...when I pull the "drawer" on my LG the stuff does not fall through...has anybody else have this problem? I can't wait to try the clip instead of the knot. I just got some of the refills for Christmas...maybe I can make them last till next Christmas now!


@LyndaD18, I’m only guessing but the 2 possible solutions that come to mind are, 1. Are you certain you are pulling the drawer all the way out?
2. Are you pulling through enough of the blue refill bag to leave room for the litter to fall through? I used to pull through an extra long section so it was easier to work with when emptying. I hope this helps

I love it. Just bought one a few days ago. I was surprised how cheap it was (15 bucks). Now I know why. The refills are expensive. Just like ink jet printers. They practically give them away and get their money back selling ink refills. This is a genius way to save a LOT of money! Thanks!!!


I'm back to update. I previously mentioned the litter I was using and wanted to say I changed to Clump and Seal litter about 10 months ago and I'm loving it. It smells fantastic and using this hack, it lasts a long time.

Still using the same box and litter genie.


I use the Omega Paw litter box and I never have to touch the litter. Roll, pull out drawer, dump in litter genie. This thing is the bomb.

How I use mine (very similar to your trick) Since the only thing I dislike with the genie is how small the hole is to put the scooped litter through I use the old fashioned way, placing a grocery sack in a small trash can and scoop like normal. (that way I can use my large scooper and not get litter all over the floor when pouring into the genie) Then tie off the grocery sack and put the grocery sack into the litter genie. And when it is full I empty it into the trash only the day before trash day. And cut the bag when it gets a little dirty and I want a fresh one. That way I'm not touching or sorting week old poop. Basically the same, other than one step. Maybe you'll give it a shot.

From one cat lover to another. :)

Silly question, why use the litter genie at all if your just dumping into grocery bags anyway? Wont it still smell bad? I don't own a litter genie yet, so sorry if this is a dumb question.


2 years later, I'm reviewing this instructable and realize this was not really the answer to your question. Even though it's been awhile, I thought I should remedy that. The smell is contained in the litter genie bag until the end of the week when you open the bottom and dump into the grocery bag. On that day, you immediately discard the poop in the outside trash. That's why there is no smell.