Lately, I have opened my mind a lot more to DIY cleaning products with things that I already have at home. I’ve used everything from essential oils to baking supplies to fresh produce and they have all worked out fairly well. I’m starting to feel a lot better about not having harsh chemicals on my skin, on our surfaces and around our dogs + they got the cleaning job done. Recently a new DIY cleaning product idea presented itself when our garbage disposal broke so I wanted to share with you all my experience.
When our garbage disposal broke last week and it took a few days to get it fixed, a foul odor began to engross our kitchen. No matter what we did, the smell just wouldn’t go away, even after it was fixed. I mean it was BAD. Every time we ran the water, it got worse. I just wanted the house to smell like an Outkast song again – so fresh and so clean, clean!
I know you can purchase products to throw into your garbage disposal for cleaning purposes, but I was confident that I could get the job done with ingredients that I already had in my kitchen to save a few bucks and to harmonize with our more chemical free environment. These DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Cubes were incredibly simple to create and each ingredient can be found for $1 or less!
Here is what you will need:
- Distilled white vinegar
- 1 lemon – cut into tiny wedges
- 1 lime – cut into tiny wedges
- Baking soda
- Ice cube tray
Here is what you will need to do:
- Cut up your lemon and lime into tiny wedges.
- Place one lemon wedge and one lime wedge into an empty ice cube tray.
- Pour distilled white vinegar over top of the wedges until ice cube tray is full.
- Place in your freezer and freeze until solid – usually 12-14 hours.
- Once your DIY Garbage Disposal Cubes are frozen, pop 2 or 3 cubes out
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda into your drain.
- Turn on warm water and throw your 2 or 3 DIY Cubes into the disposal. Turn the disposal on.
- If needed, use a knife or spoon to push the cubes into the disposal. DO NOT use your hands/fingers.
- Once your garbage disposal crushes the cubes, you are all done – Enjoy your citrus-scented kitchen.
- Repeat once a month.
*Please note that these cubes are not for human consumption*
So what was the verdict you ask? These DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Cubes were a success – The odor is gone! I made several of these cubes so I have the extra ones sealed in a bag in my freezer for future use. I plan to use them more frequently to clean my garbage disposal as I feel it is a forgotten instrument that we forget to clean. Especially because our kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest places in a house!
I hope this post helps you with any lingering odors in your kitchen sink! What are your natural cleaning solutions to a more safe and chemical free environment?