Is a diaper genie worth it? Does it really keep the smell of dirty diapers locked away? If you are planning to buy a diaper genie, these are some of the questions you are likely to ask yourself prior to making a purchase decision.
Most people do not know that there is a difference between a diaper genie and a diaper pail. So when they ask whether a diaper genie is necessary, they are referring to all diaper disposal systems including diaper pails.
So before we proceed, let us look at the difference between a diaper genie and a diaper pail.
Diaper genie vs Diaper pail, what is the difference?
A diaper genie is simply a brand name which refers to a diaper disposal system that was created by John Hall. An example of this is the Playtex diaper genie, which has different variations such as diaper genie elite, complete and expressions
A diaper pail, on the other hand, is a term that refers to all types of diaper disposal systems including the diaper genie.
Both diaper pails and diaper genies have a large plastic or steel container with a lid.
To create a diaper disposal system, a diaper liner or refill is usually fixed into the genie or pail leaving an opening through which dirty diapers are squished through. This is what helps in concealing odor.
Diaper genies and pails do not have to be emptied every day. They can accommodate several diapers before emptying.
How to use a diaper genie
So, do you still need a diaper genie or pail? Let’s looks at some of the reasons why you may or may not need a diaper genie.
Is a diaper genie worth it?
There are several benefits of disposing of dirty diapers in a diaper genie or pail and a few cons as we shall discuss below.
Pros – why a diaper genie is necessary
- Locks in bad smell
A diaper genie does a pretty good job at locking in odor from the diapers and keeping the nursery smelling fresh.
Dirty diapers can really stink. If you don’t have a diaper genie, you may have to keep going outside the house to dispose of a poopy diaper because if you throw it in the kitchen trash can, the whole house will start to stink.
But a diaper genie can hold as many as 30 diapers before emptying so you don’t have to keep running outside all the time.
- Health safety
When you through a poopy diaper in the kitchen trash can, it releases a toxic and very bad smell every time you open it. Worse still, it is in the kitchen where you prepare your meals.
In addition, kitchen trash cans do not have a child-lock safety system so children can easily open them and dip their hands into the can. Thus, throwing diapers in the trash can is a health hazard.
On the other hand, a diaper genie seals the diaper and locks in odor very well. Also, most of them have a child-lock safety system to prevent children from opening the genie or pail.
Cons of having a diaper genie
- Cost of refills
Some diaper pails are designed to use reusable garbage bag rather than the proprietary refills as we discussed in this article. This means they save on cost. However, a diaper genie is expensive to maintain since it can only use the special refills.
- Absorbs smell
A diaper genie is made of plastic, which is porous. Thus, over time, the genie absorbs the bad smell from the diapers and starts to stink.
Frequent emptying and occasional cleaning of the genie with baking soda and vinegar can help to prevent it from smelling awful.
So is a diaper genie worth it? In my opinion, Yes. It helps to lock in bad smell and keep the house odor free, it is convenient and does not put your family’s health at risk. A major drawback of a diaper genie is that it uses special refill bags. If this is a problem for you, you can get a diaper pail that uses garbage bags as we reviewed in our previous article.