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:
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).