There’s not much of a worse odor than nasty food leftover in the garbage disposal first thing in the morning. Ok, well maybe left over food in the garbage can from the night before. Kitchen odor can be quite pungent, especially if you used garlic and onions in your dinner the night before. Then there’s that ‘dead animal’ odor because you left chicken bones in the trash can or steak scraps were left to sit in the disposal. Who wants to clean and disinfect the trash can first thing in the morning? It’s enough to make me gag! I make it a point to place any meat garbage in a tightly sealed bag before dumping it in the trash and make sure to take it out before I go to bed at night. Having the kids helping with cleaning the dishes at night is great, but they don’t always remember to run the disposal. Even if they did, the disposal still needs to be cleaned out and deodorized on a regular basis, but why spend money on a chemical laden product when I can make my own natural product right here at home?
- Whole cloves
- Orange slices (any citrus will do)
- Baking Soda
- Ice cube trays (You can get them here. Yep, it’s an affiliate link. It helps me make more fun projects like this for you and saves you a trip to the store.)
First off, let me explain how to create this project on a tight budget. I prefer to use the rubber ice cube trays because they’re a lot easier to work with. I buy my Baking Soda in bulk at Costco since I use it for a variety of projects and personal care products. The whole cloves can be purchased at the Dollar Store in a large bottle and while I bought my oranges, you can grow your own lemons or limes at home making it even more economical. The rosemary is grown in my yard and grows quite well all year long (in my climate anyway).
It’s really quite simple. I add a little bit of everything to the ice cube trays and fill with water. Place in the freezer til frozen, pop out of the trays and store in a Ziploc bag.
I use a few of them after a night of cooking with any recipe that calls for pungent odors and/or once a week for a quick refreshing.
- Make sure the disposal is empty.
- Place 2-3 deodorizer cubes in the disposal and run a slight trickle of water into it. Turn it on and let it run it’s course.
- After the cubes are ground down and you no longer hear anything in it, turn it off. Now run the water a bit more and use a scrub brush to clean down below. When you pull up the scrub brush be sure to scrub the under side of the black rubber flaps. Rinse well.
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