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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    41 Discussions

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    mikeandlisa1995
    mikeandlisa1995

    Question 6 weeks ago on Introduction

    Hi

    Do you have a video for this because I'm not quite understanding how to use the grocery bags.

    Thanks!

    Lisa

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    Answer 6 weeks ago

    I'm sorry but I don't have a video. Look at it like this, the grocery bags have only one purpose. To catch the dirty litter when you undo the clip. Then you remove the grocery bag of dirty litter and toss it. Reset the clip rinse and repeat.

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    MrsMartin67
    MrsMartin67

    6 months ago

    Okay so it looks like I am late to the Litter Genie party. Somehow I didn't know this even existed up until a month ago. Between this and my also newly-discovered Omega Paw litter box, I am in cat waste disposal heaven. I mean, okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but honestly they are both so great. And the next great thing?? THIS HACK! Thank you so much! This is great!

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    Reply 6 months ago

    I'm so happy you found this hack helpful.

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    lam86
    lam86

    1 year ago

    I house 2 dozen feral cats every winter. i use plastic grocery bags. you double it up and throw it out in your outside trash! you don't want that in your house. that's nasty. why do you all hoard cat feces in the trash in your house? that's the question. i feel it is a big waste of money and time. especially if you have to ask for instructions and ways to save or do it quicker. its all a hype. save your money and get rid of the disgusting smell. bottom line use your grosery bags and throw it outside in the trash. ty :) they come out with this stuff just to make a buck just saying :)

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    Reply 6 months ago

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Perhaps it would help to remember we all have different needs and circumstances. For example: someone lives in an apartment and the trash room is in the basement. Now lets say that building has no elevator and you have to walk 5 flights to the the street and go outside through the side alley to throw out the trash. Now lets say that person is elderly or sick or just plain tired from a long day of work.
    As I said, we all have different needs. Im happy your solution works for you.

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    EmilyF66
    EmilyF66

    4 years ago

    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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    Cloverstone
    Cloverstone

    Reply 1 year ago

    I personally buy this size from the dollar store (20 per pack for $1.50) and they are surprisingly strong. I began using this method using the dollar store clips and they really do work great.

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    Blondie1960

    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!!

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    bana42
    bana42

    2 years 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 ???

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    GinnyS3
    GinnyS3

    Tip 2 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    SheilaC72
    SheilaC72

    2 years ago

    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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    Reply 2 years ago

    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.

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    LyndaD18
    LyndaD18

    2 years ago

    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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    Reply 2 years ago

    @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

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    Wingloader
    Wingloader

    2 years ago

    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!!!

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    3 years 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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    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    scottcfm
    scottcfm

    4 years ago

    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.