When I mentioned that Vishnu and I are trying to save a buck or two now that Kaiden’s here, I wasn’t kidding!  Before hitting the ‘purchase’ button on any baby item, the first thing we do is think through whether or not we can recreate said item in a more cost effective way.  Even a diaper pail…

The Diaper Genie is a very popular product, as are others like it.  However, when I was putting my registry together, someone mentioned how it’s unnecessary, so I didn’t add it.

Fast forward to Kaiden’s arrival and us going through 10-12 diapers a day.  Vishnu suggested that we perhaps consider the Diaper Genie because throwing dirty diapers in our trash bin wasn’t an option.  Neither was going to the trash chute 10-12 times a day.

When we started researching our options, we quickly learned that the newly designed Diaper Genie wasn’t quite as popular or as well thought out as previous versions.  The whole point of a diaper pail is to help eliminate odor and create convenience.  From what we read, not many do both. Additionally and more importantly, the Diaper Genie and other diaper pails are very expensive for what they are.  We probably could’ve looked past that to be honest, however, even the bags that go in the pail are expensive.

That’s when I told Vishnu to leave it to me for the day.  My goal was to find a good alternative.

After reading forum after forum, I had an idea.  When Vishnu got home from work that day, we got on Amazon and essentially created and designed our own DIY diaper pail.

I must say, I’m pretty impressed with us.  Our version of the diaper pail is not only way more cost effective, but it also eliminates all dirty diaper odors. And it’s small and sleek enough to blend into any room in the house.

DIY Diaper PailTo create the P&V diaper pail, all you need is…


  1. A small step trash can
  2. Disposable diaper sacks/bags – these baggies are scented, so there’s nothing else needed to mask the odor.

However, if you don’t want to spend money on scented bags, you can always go with option B.


  1. A small step trash can
  2. 2.6 gallon small drawstring trash bags
  3. Diaper pail deodorizer – this is a pretty cool product because it keeps your diaper pail smelling fresh, AND the filters can be recharged using sunlight.

In the spirit of keeping it real, I should share that we throw pee only diapers in our normal trash can.  However, poop filled diapers go in our makeshift diaper pail…ALWAYS!  With this method, we take out the ‘diaper trash’ every 3-4 days.  And trust me…I’m still getting used to the whole poopy diaper routine, and even I don’t mind taking out the ‘diaper trash.’   Now that’s something!

And that, my friends, is how two new parents save money on a receptacle used to contain their child’s dirty diapers. 🙂

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By Parita

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