Pinterest Made Me Do It – #2

Ok, here I am keeping my commitment to try something new from Pinterest each week and share it with you here.

So I perused my DIY board and I found these homemade garbage disposal cleaner/deodorizers.  If you’re anything like me from time to time (especially upon returning from a trip) you realize you should have run your garbage disposal (and a lot of water) but didn’t and it’s smelly.  Kind of the nature of the beast I suppose.  So while I was home on Sunday I was able to make these with almost all things I had at home. I did have to purchase a lemon because I didn’t happen to have any this week but the rest I did have on hand, which I like. I hate recipes that require me to buy 10 items I’m going to use 1 tablespoon of for the actual project.

Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Garbage Disposal Refreshers (click for recipe, pictures, and where it came from)

What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • 1 lemon
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Small spoon or scoop
  • Sealable glass jar


  1. Gather the ingredients for making the garbage disposal refreshers. Measure and add the baking soda and salt to a small mixing bowl, and give a stir, ensuring the mixture isn’t lumpy.
  2. Now grate the lemon peel into the mixture along with adding the liquid dish soap.

  3. Slice the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice into the mixture. Continue stirring and adding juice until the mixture resembles course sand, which should take around three tablespoons of juice.

  4. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper, use a small spoon or scoop to mold the half rounds, and then tap them out onto the pan. A rounded teaspoon measuring spoon works wonderfully. Continue molding the refreshers until the mixture is gone. Allow to dry overnight.

  5. Place the dried garbage disposal refreshers in a sealable container. When your sink isn’t smelling fresh, simply place a few in the disposal, and flip the switch.

Here’s what mine looked like after I was finished:




I did let them sit out as recommended and they hardened right up. I was able to store them in a mason jar under the sink afterwards and they didn’t fall apart.  I have to say, I’m impressed. They were easy and inexpensive to make and they did freshen up my garbage disposal. I will also say – go ahead and throw the lemons down there after you’ve used them up, in my experience this also helps.  But I am a clean freak and I love for everything in my house to be tidy and smell nice (or at least not smell bad) so this was a win for me.

Pin can now be found on my ‘pinned that done that’ board for those of you interested in finding and pinning in yourself.



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