Garbage Disposal Deodorizers

I didn’t grow up with a disposal, so having one as an adult means I am learning everything about them now. I honestly had no idea why someone would want one unless they were in a horror movie. They just didn’t seem that necessary.

But, then I got one…..and now I can’t live without it and wonder how others do. My kids are taught to scrape their plates into the trash can and put compostable materials in the compost bin, and yet…..there are still chunks in the bottom of my sink.

Ya know those pet peeves that drive you crazy, but just aren’t worth creating a stink about? Mine is a dirty sink. We are a busy family and dishes stack up sometimes. I don’t expect perfection (not even close). But I will admit that it drives me nuts when I find an oatmeal bowl next to the sink that was actually rinsed but the oatmeal has now created a cement like substance all over my sink basin. Grrrrr.

My poor sink. But, it’s a sturdy one.

What I have discovered is when you have chunks of food in your sink, you have them in your disposal too. There is nothing worse than walking into your house and smelling that nasty, moldy, stinky, rotten smell and not knowing where it comes from (and hoping your best friend can’t smell it when she comes over to visit). Masking smells with candles and scents is just not healthy, so I need to find a way to keep that disposal clean without using chemicals or toxins.

In the past, I have taken the citrus rinds from oranges, lemons and limes I have eaten or used in a recipe and frozen them. I just throw the frozen rinds in the disposal when I think it needs a refresh and the citrus smell is lovely while the frozen pieces helps to scrub away grime.

But, lately, I am in need of a little more and as you know, I prefer to make my own CLEAN products.

So, let’s do this! I found recipes to make little tabs to drop in your disposal, but let’s be real here, a couple sprinkles of a powder is just as effective, just as easy to use and MUCH easier to make. So, here are both recipes that I found from Living Well Mom.


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup fine salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronners is my fave!)
  • 30 drops total of essential oils – I use 10 of lemon, 10 of orange and 10 of tangerine

Mix baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix water and castile soap in another bowl. Add liquid mix to dry mix slowly while stirring. You want to get the best consistency in order to be able to hold it’s shape, so not too liquidy. If you add too much liquid, just put a bit more baking soda in the mix. Add your oils! Now, take a spoon and make flatish spoonfuls and place them on a sheet of parchment paper to dry. They take 1-2 days to air dry or you can pop in 175° oven for 1-2 hours.

But, this is waaaaay easier so this is what I made…


  • 5 oz citric acid
  • 8 oz baking soda
  • 30 drops total of essential oils – I use 10 of lemon, 10 of orange and 10 of tangerine

Mix the powders and then add the oils and mix! I mixed everything right in the glass jar (repurposed jelly jar) I was using to store it – use glass as the citric acid can mess with plastic – and then put the cap on and shook it up to mix. Easy.


I tried it right away…..and yes, I totally cleaned my sink of the dishes and stuck on food before taking these pics….I think.

To use the tabs or powder, just run some hot water for a little in your sink and then add your tab or 2 Tbsp of powder. Check out that citric acid bubbling. Let the disposal rip!


Ahhhh enjoy the clean, citrusy smell of your sink and repeat again next month (or week depending on how good your family it as cleaning out your sink).

3 Comments on “Garbage Disposal Deodorizers

  1. Good recipe, I’ll definitely try it! One question, though… I’ve always been told not to run the disposal with hot water, only cold. Something about the seal(s) degrading if you run it with hot. Not sure if this is a wise tale or an urban myth, but at least that’s what Home Depot and Lowes have told me.


    Chris Church
    The Suburban Forager

Leave a Reply to Cancel reply