Emptying Diaper Genie 101: All You Need To Know (Steps w/ Videos)

  • Emptying a Diaper Genie might be challenging at first 
  • Once you know how to do it, you’ll see it’s actually simple 
  • We can show you exactly how it’s done, step by step 
  • Plus, instructional videos make it easier to learn what to do

Do you have a Diaper Genie?

Are you thinking about buying a diaper pail from this brand but aren’t sure if you’re up to the challenge of operating it correctly?

Or are you currently trying to change the bag in your diaper genie and can’t quite figure it out?

If any of this sounds like you, then we’ve got you covered! Below, we’ve got a step-by-step guide for you to help you learn just how to open and empty your Diaper Genie. You’ll learn how to change the bags and how to make sure your diaper pail is clean and ready to go for the next round of diapers, too.

diaper genie instructions

One of the biggest concerns parents have when trying to decide which diaper pail is right for them is emptying Diaper Genie brand products. It’s no secret that these products can be tough to manage, so it’s always a good idea to have a test run before the pail is full of dirty diapers. This way, you can ensure you’re doing it the right way before “crunch time.”

How do you know it’s time to change the bag in your Diaper Genie? How many diapers can your product hold? There’s a lot to keep in mind when you’re trying to figure out the best way to operate your diaper pail, and it’s true that Diaper Genies can be very complicated, especially the first few times.

Take a look at our guide below to help you figure out what to do with your Diaper Genie. In no time, you’ll be an expert who can clean up those old dirty diapers in just a few short minutes!

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How to Empty Your Diaper Genie

There are a few different types of Diaper Genie out there on the market, and each one operates slightly differently than the last. However, they all function in a similar way, so you can follow the steps we have put together below to help you get your bag changed and your Diaper Genie cleaned and ready to go once again. Even if yours is a different model, you should be able to adjust accordingly fairly easily. Be sure to check out our notes on the newer model as well.

Follow these steps to empty your Diaper Genie properly.

  • 1
    On models that have a release button on the front, the first thing you need to do is press that release button. This will allow the top to unlatch from the bottom of the diaper pail, making it easier to take it apart.
  • 2
    Remove the top from the bottom of the diaper pail, taking care not to let any of the dirty diapers inside spill out.
  • 3
    Just above the top diaper in the bag, pinch the trash bag and twist it to seal off the diapers inside. You may also want to go ahead and tie a knot in it now before you remove the bag from the rest of the diaper pail.
  • 4
    ​Inside most modern Diaper Genie models, there is a small cutting blade beneath a plastic box. You can slide the trash bag into this blade and use it to cut the bag from the remaining bags without the need for scissors.

  • If you have one of the newer models of Diaper Genie, you can simply flip open the front latching door and reach inside to pinch the top of the bag and twist it shut. The cutter is on the front of the Diaper Genie and can be easily accessed without needing to take the whole thing apart or even turn it over.
  • 5
    Dispose of the full bag of diapers.
  • 6
    If you need to replace the bag cartridge as well, close the Diaper Genie and turn it on its side so that you can open the lid to the top.
  • 7
    Pull the tab closure off of your bag refill and discard it. Pull up the first bag so that it is slightly sticking out of the refill container.
  • 8
    To remove the old bag container, simply take it out of the pail. Replace it by just popping the new one into place and pushing the bag down through the center of the pail.
  • 9
    Close the Diaper Genie and reopen the middle of the product again. Pull the clean bag through and knot it tightly shut at the bottom.
  • If you have one of the newer models of Diaper Genie, you will only need to pull open the front latching door to the product and reach inside to pull the bag through. You do not have to worry about taking the whole thing apart.
  • 10
    Close the Diaper Genie once again and lock it shut. Congratulations! You have just emptied your Diaper Genie and replaced the refill bags, if needed, as well.
  • 11
    If you are planning to use a regular trash bag instead of a refill bag, you will need to follow more or less the same instructions. However, when putting the bag in, you’ll need to position it so that it hangs over the side and the lid of the Diaper Genie helps to hold it in place. These diaper pails are not designed to work with regular trash bags, but they can be used with kitchen bags if you’re willing to put forth a little more effort to make them fit.


It may take a little practice to get the hang of emptying your Diaper Genie, so don’t be afraid to take time and run through it more than once if you have the chance. If your little one is already home and you’ve already got diapers to worry about, though, there’s no reason why you can’t just learn as you go along! Just remember to work slowly the first few times and you’ll get the hang of it soon.

Remember, too, that you should keep your Diaper Genie clean and disinfected to ensure that it’s safe for your little one and everyone else in your home to be around. You should wipe down the inside with disinfectant cloths every time you change the bag, and you should make sure to scrub it with soap and water regularly as well. Let everything dry before you put it back together to avoid the risk of mold and mildew buildup inside the container.

With a few extra steps on your bag changing routine, you can make a big difference in the overall cleanliness of the Diaper Genie product you have in your nursery. And by keeping your diaper pail clean and disinfected, you’ll help it last a long time and continue to be useful even if you have more children in the future—or if you want to pass it along to a friend or family member when your baby is no longer in diapers, too.



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