Litter Genie Refill Hack




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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    34 Discussions

    My friend has an ostomy and she uses an ostomy clip on her pouches.
    She gave me one to use on the end of the genie bag and it works amazing!!
    Buy them where they sell ostomy supplies!
    It holds her stool in the pouch - no leaks so if it works for her - well why not use them with the genie!!
    By the way your tip is a great way of saving money!!


    24 days ago

    could someone please explain or show me where to find the funnel. Looked every where but it does not seem to be in my Litter Genie ???

    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??

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    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!

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    @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!!!


    1 year ago

    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.

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    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.

    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.

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    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.

    There are no dumb questions!

    Just using grocery bags will still smell pretty bad unless you are going to walk out to the trash every time you change the litter. I live in a 2nd floor apt so I never do that. The combination I use, the Omega Paw litter box and the litter genie allow me to quickly clean the litter at least x2 daily and take the used litter to the trash about once a week with no offensive smell. It seriously takes less than 1 minute to clean the litter every morning and evening. But, like I wrote previously the cost can be prohibitive on the litter genie which is why I came up with this instructable.

    BTW, the omega paw, the litter genie and precious cat litter (alway purchased on sale) are the best combination I have found for odor protection and cost effectiveness.

    Great idea, but could you clarify one thing? In Step 2, the pics show how you line the pail with grocery bags, but then you say, "There's no need to leave the bags overlapping the pail edges when the litter genie is closed." I'm not sure exactly what you do with the bags before you close the LG, but is there any reason to "line" the pail at all? Couldn't you simply stuff a couple bags in the bottom of the pail (or even keep them elsewhere) and worry about sticking the end of the LG refill in the bags when you empty it? Toward the end, when you say, "Replace clip and put litter bag end inside grocery bag (pic 3)," I can't really see what you're doing. I'm guessing you're rolling up the top edges of the bags and letting them "stand" freely inside the pail so that leaking litter falls into the top bag rather than the bottom of the pail? With your bags, I guess that makes sense. In Austin, grocery stores aren't allowed to provide those disposable plastic bags (for environmental reasons), so I'm using 4-gallon wastebasket liners, which don't really have the stiffness to stand up within the pail.

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    Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, I just put the end of the LG bag inside the trash/grocery bags. They don't have to stand up at all. They just sit there until you empty the LG bag.

    May I ask what clip you're using? I am looking on amazon and I'm only finding really large clips. I wanted to use a pretty strong (smaller) clip so there's no risk of the poop pushing the clip off when it's very full.

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    Lamenting reading this after I JUST emptied my (very full) LG and added clumps. This is a great refill extending plan. Thanks for sharing! FYI, Walmart has the best price on refills when needed.

    Very nice!! Just bought a Litter Genie that had a Try it free mail in rebate for 23 bucks (Petsmart).. Came with one refill. Should be able to make this last, great idea!!!

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    Mine cost $15 . Sounds like they played a numbers game on you. It's still worth it, though.