Have you ever been inside a home where someone has a diaper genie? If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on one of the most pungent smells imaginable. While the Diaper Genie is great for dealing with dirty diapers, it’s notorious for leaving behind a smell that seems to linger in every corner of the house. Thankfully, there are some hacks that can help reduce or eliminate the diaper genie smell. In the next section, I discuss some of the best Diaper Genie smell hacks.
Where does Diaper Genie Smell Come from?
Let’s start with the smell itself. It smells like dirty diapers, baby poop, and stinky garbage all rolled into one. There are three main causes for the smell:
- The pail is airtight
- Bacteria builds up in the pail
- A diaper Genie filter isn’t being changed
Since the pail is airtight, odors cannot escape. As bacteria builds up, it releases gases (a process called efflorescence) that smells can be trapped in. And since diaper genie filters aren’t mandatory to change, they stay dirty and contribute to the smell. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize these factors and reduce or eliminate the smell.
In the next section, I discuss some of the hacks you can use to reduce or eliminate the nasty smell;
Diaper Genier Smell Hacks
1. Mechanically ventilate the pail by opening it periodically
As airtight as a diaper genie is, some air will eventually escape on its own. But if you open it up more often, you can increase this effect. According to reviews, some parents ventilate their diaper genies every few days, whereas others do it every week. Just be sure that your pail is only opened when it’s completely full.
2. Clean the pail with disinfectant wipes and lemon juice
A common way to get rid of diaper genie smells is to use disinfectant wipes on the inside and outside of the pail after it’s full. You can also pour in some lemon juice to give your pail a good cleaning. The citric acid should help reduce smells, especially when exposed to UV light from the sun.
3. Replace or clean diaper genie filters
Some parents have found that replacing their current filters helps reduce nasty smells but make sure you get the right size when you do so. If your current filter is just plain dirty, then replacing it with another one should help reduce smells. You can also use vinegar or baking soda to clean the filters and get rid of diaper genie smells that cling to them.
4. Use a diaper sprayer for easy disposal
If you’re looking for an easier way to get rid of dirty diapers, then you might want to consider a diaper sprayer. You can attach this product directly to your toilet, which will allow you to simply spray the dirty diaper in and let it drop down into the sewage system.
5. Use baking soda or charcoal
Finally, if all else fails and the smell is just too much, you can try placing some baking soda or charcoal inside of the pail to trap odors. Baking soda is especially useful because it absorbs smells on its own and also helps reduce smells in the rest of the house.
Jane Lanbert is a mother of two and works as an elementary school teacher. Jane joined Motherhood HQ to provide expertise on product testing after her stint at Consumer Reports. Jane loves reading and getting immersed in new research on various topics from parenting to pet psychology. When not reading or testing baby gear to review, Jane enjoys hiking in the midwest and hanging out with their two dog pets. Jane is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and holds a degree in Elementary Teaching. She can be reached at email@example.com