Litter Genie Review and How to Make Plarn

March 17, 2014Allison Murray
A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie.

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A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie.

I’m just going to come right out and say it. I am so glad I went to Target and got my Litter Genie because it is awesome. I LOVE mine and for good reason.

It was really, really icy here in Oklahoma this past winter. Things would be just fine the night before and the next morning your front step was a freaking danger zone. It. Was. Awful. Add in the fact that I am well known for being clumsy and you’ve got a potential disaster on your hands.


A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie.

If you’re new here you may not know that I have FOUR cats. That many cats make for a LOT of poop scooping. Seriously. I get up, I scoop the poop. While everyone else is taking a morning break, I scoop the poop. Better get in there before lunch and scoop some poop. You see where I’m going with this, right?

A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie.

And I’ve always felt so badly about using up SO many of those terrible for the environment plastic shopping bags to discard my cats’ waste in, but I couldn’t really think of anything else to do.

A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie.

But I’m getting off of the subject here… One fine morning when I was still in the fuzzy haze of a good night’s sleep I was toting out my bag ‘o poo and hopping from foot to bare foot in my nightgown to the dumpster as usual. But not usual was the super icy step that I then slipped on and somehow managed on my back with a bag of split open cat poo on my chest.

A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie.

I will admit that it probably sounded like I was being murdered to my neighbors. It started of with a deep sound that I didn’t even know I could make followed by shrieking all the way into the shower.

A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie. 

After that whole debacle there was NO FREAKING WAY I was carrying to poo out over that potentially perilous step 4-5 times a day. So I started tossing it in a box on the back porch. The thing is… that’s so gross. It’s embarrassing to accumulate a box of cat leavings all the icy winter that you have to deal with later on. But it’s what I did because I wasn’t about to be staring up at the sky with another broken bag on my person any time soon.

A cat owner's miracle. Litter Genie.

But now I musn’t do anything but toss that business in the Litter Genie and it really does eliminate daily trips to the trash. Now, here is my list of pros and cons…

the PROS

  • Even with FOUR cats the Litter Genie holds a full week’s worth of ews, nasties and smellies. It’s amazing.
  • There is a little holder for the scoop meaning it’s never someplace I might accidentally touch it (the old one was hanging on the wall, yuck).
  • It takes up very little space (sits in front of the corner of my washer and isn’t in the way at all).
  • It has a handle so I can keep it by the washer but move it directly by the litter box for cleaning.
  • There is NO funky odors coming out of this thing if you change it out every week. I don’t know how they do it but it’s amazing.
  • The refills are really reasonably priced.
  • It takes me about 2 feet of the bag refill per week meaning the cost is around $8 for 7 weeks of litter bagging.
  • In case you’re bad at math, like me, that’s only $1.14 per week. (thanks calculator app!)
  • I’m not filling landfills with 28-35 plastic baggies of poo a week.
  • I can clean out the box ON DEMAND meaning the kids have a much cleaner (and therefore healthier) litter box.

the CONS

  • There is a learning curve. My first week I got dirty litter everywhere because I was used to scooping right into a bag over the box.
  • As a test we waited it out and after 10 days things start to get funky smelling. So if you have only one cat you can’t let it fill up for a whole month.
  • Sometimes the slide squishes the poo and it’s a mess, though I do think this is just a learning curve type of thing.
  • Even with a double knot you CANNOT carry the bag long distances as I learned while I was going “oh, please don’t bust!” in the middle of my living room. (It broke just outside the door, all over the front porch.) To avoid this simply carry the entire thing to the dumpster (it has a handle) and empty from there.

Now there are my 100% honest opinions about the Litter Genie. Do I love it? Yes. Do I recommend it? Yes – in fact I just bought one for my parents. Do I wish I got one sooner? About 6 weeks would have done it!

If you have one cat or several, I am positive that you really need your own Litter Genie. Aaand to sweeten the pot, I’ve got a $3 off coupon for you when you buy your Litter Genie at Target. And keep up with what’s going down over at Litter Genie by giving them a follow on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m making plarn! What in the world is plarn? It’s plastic yarn and it can be made into great produce, shopping or beach bags among other things. Let’s get after the quickie tutorial then, shall we?

Make plarn, plastic yarn, out of shopping bags! Great for crochet or knitting!

Take your bag and fold it in half as smoothly as you can kind of quickly. Cut off the two ends.

Make plarn, plastic yarn, out of shopping bags! Great for crochet or knitting!

Open up and smooth out.

Make plarn, plastic yarn, out of shopping bags! Great for crochet or knitting!

Fold in half three times and trim off the two ends and put away to recycle. Trim the center into 1 inch strips. These will be our yarn pieces.

Make plarn, plastic yarn, out of shopping bags! Great for crochet or knitting!

Open two loops and place one over the other, like so.

Make plarn, plastic yarn, out of shopping bags! Great for crochet or knitting!

Pull one loop through itself to attach to the other. Pull tight to form a continuous piece. Keep doing this for as long as you dare!

Make plarn, plastic yarn, out of shopping bags! Great for crochet or knitting!

And use your plastic yarn as you please, perhaps some plarn grannies?

Comments (2)

  • Cindy

    March 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    I too have a Litter Genie and am IN LOVE with it. It is the best thing since sliced bread!! I am as amazed as you are when it comes to how they make those poo bags so the smell does not leak out although as long as they continue to make them I will not worry about how they make them. I only have one Ms. Rachel and she was truly a challenge to keep up with so my house didn’t smell like a huge litter box but thanks to Litter Genie my house has been saved!!! As for finding a use for all of those “would have been kitty litter bags” is just fabulous!!! I hope the Hub doesn’t complain about sweating with his new Target (please attach the French accent when saying) Afghan!!! This is great as I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be talking about a Litter Genie on a blog and loving it, LMAO!!! Thanks!

  • Pat Schwab

    March 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I had the diaper genie and that is a great product. Now we have the litter genie for my daughter’s cat. But she just uses regular garbage bags because that’s what I have and once she used up the bags that came with the genie she didn’t want to buy more. Anyway this seems t work fine.

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