An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Homemade Garbage Disposal Fresheners


Monday, February 13, 2017

Homemade Garbage Disposal Fresheners

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.

An easy DIY on how to make garbage disposal fresheners in under 5 mins

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
- 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.


  1. I usually throw a lemon and some vinegar down mine, but this looks like a great DIY! I know what you mean about your K and not running it long enough - I am so thankful John washes dishes a lot of times... but when I go peek in the sink there's food still there. Sick.

  2. THIS IS AWESOME! I'm going to make them this weekend. I'm the clean freak in the flat, so I observe dirty things easily. Our garbage disposal has been an issue for a few months and it will actually get worse as it warms up.

  3. AMAZING! Thanks for this. I'm quite sensitive to fresheners. I'll definitely give this a try! xx - Laura Rike

  4. Homemade anything is always better in my book. Will be making your garbage disposal fresheners.

  5. This is a great idea! I will be trying for sure.

  6. Kimberly @ Berly's KitchenFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    This is a great idea! Our garbage disposal gets a funky smell every now and then. Maybe this will do the trick.

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  8. Omg this is genius! I need to try this because I use dish soap and that can get expensive lol. So I'm gonna pin this.

  9. Oh my! These are amazing! I so have to try this out, thanks for the great idea!

  10. I'm totally going to make these. I usually do lemon, vinegar and baking soda, and that works, but this is actually a time saver in the long run. We don't use our garbage disposal much, because we compost, but it still gets smelly every now and then.

  11. This is genius and I've already pinned it! I have to admit I didn't realize you were supposed to run the garbage disposal for a long time๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜–. No wonder; yikes.

  12. Amazing! I usually do the baking soda and vinegar, but I love the addition of the grapefruit and making them into pods you can keep on hand. Pinning now.

  13. That is seriously such a smart idea and I love how they are a solid that you can easily throw down there. Love this Paige!

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