Garbage disposal smelling stinky? Make these DIY fresheners to clean out that smell!
I have to be honest with y'all: This post was almost a complete fail and I thought I'd have to ditch the whole idea. I was following one of the post pinned recipes on Pinterest (with my own twist on it that shouldn't have effected the outcome) and they would not stick together! So FYI, if you're searching one of these on Pinterest and it's lemon scented with 75k repins, that recipe does NOT work. I pride myself on only putting DIYs on this blog that are tried and true. It took me three different times, but I finally got it! Low and behold, these awesome homemade garbage disposal fresheners.
I love my husband. We have a nonverbal agreement that I do the cooking and he either does the cleanup or takes the kids and gives them a bath while I do the cleanup. He usually does a pretty solid job... Except for the garbage disposal. There's always crud left in it! One time I snuck around a corner to watch him and he did a quick 3 second run of the garbage disposal after a sink full of pots and pans. Three seconds. That was it.
Word to the wise, you don't get all the food bits run through in only 3 seconds.
I've gotten pretty good about going in there before bed and running the disposal for longer to make sure all the crap gets cleared out, but sometimes I'm lazy or tired or had too much wine and that doesn't happen. Then the next morning, I smell it. Ugh! That smell! You know which one I'm talking about? I bet you do.
That's where these homemade garbage disposal fresheners come in super handy. You can whip them up in under five minutes, let them dry overnight, then store them right by your sink in a glass container. I used grapefruit as the citrus of choice since it's spring here in Texas and I really like it's clean, semi-sweet scent. You can also go with the classic lemon, lime, lemon/lime combo or orange (orange is really nice around the holiday season!)
Here's what you need:
- 3/4 C baking soda
- 1/2 C salt
- 3 tablespoons unscented and non-dyed dish soap
- zest of half a grapefruit
- 1 tablespoon of grapefruit juice
- Optional (and highly recommended) about 30 drops of grapefruit essential oil (it's a super affordable oil!)
Mix together all the ingredients. The mixture should resemble cookie dough. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. You can either scoop the mixture into rounds, form them into mounds like I did, or get super fancy and use a silicone mold. Let them dry overnight, until hard. If you're making these in the humid summer, it might take longer for them to dry fully.
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Once hard, store in a glass container either on your sink or under it. Run cool water, turn on your disposal and use one or two of the fresheners to clean out any funky smells that have accumulated in your garbage disposal. It's a super easy, insanely cost effective homemade DIY that freshens that stinky garbage disposal.