DIY Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs

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Tired of trash can smells? Use these DIY trash can deodorizers on the bottom of your trash bin to get rid of stink odors.Looking for a way to keep your trash can smelling fresh and easily get rid of unpleasant smells? Check out this DIY trash can deodorizer!

This is a simple and easy project that only takes a few minutes. All you need are some common household ingredients such as a little baking soda and essential oils to naturally eliminate smells instead of covering them up.

If you’re looking for a way to keep your trash can smelling fresh and get rid of unpleasant garbage odors, these DIY trash can deodorizer tabs are the perfect solution! It’s easy to make and uses all natural ingredients, so it’s safe for both you and your home.

These trash can deodorizers are perfect for any room of your house, not just your kitchen trash cans. Use them in the bathroom, diaper pails, bedroom, outdoor garbage cans or office trash bins for a clean scent.

If you’re looking for the best way to keep your trash can smelling great and get rid of foul smells, give these trashcan deodorizers a try!

DIY Trash Can Deodorizer Pods

Prep time: 10 minutes

Setting time: 24 hours

Servings: 6


  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10 – 15 drops of essential oils
  • Water

Supplies Used:

  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Spoon
  • A silicone mold or ice cube tray
  • Container to store them in


In a medium-sized bowl, add in the baking soda. Then add in your favorite essential oil. The amount of essential oil will depend on how much scent you are looking for, but 10 – 15 drops is suggested.

The first batch you make will be a test run as you may adjust in the second one.

Then SLOWLY add in one tablespoon of warm water at a time and stir the ingredients together until the baking soda mixture becomes a wet sand consistency. If you add too much water in at once, it will start to fizz and activate and that isn’t what you want to happen.

Once you have gotten the consistency of damp sand and when you take a scoop of the mixture into your hand and smash it together and it stays in shape, then it is ready to be put into the mold.

Using a spoon, scoop out the mixture and place it into each silicone tray. Make sure that you press the mixture firmly into each mold cavity.

Let the mold set for 24 hours.

To remove the deodorizing tabs, carefully remove them from the mold by pressing on the bottom and sides of the mold.

When you are ready to use them, place a tab in the bottom of the can. Then remove and replace with a fresh one as needed. You may find you need to add two at a time.

Tips for Success When Making Trashcan Deodorizer Tabs

Store the homemade garbage tabs in an airtight container.

Make sure to test one of the molds to ensure they have dried before continuing to remove them all. If one isn’t dried, then none of them are. Continue to check for dryness at one-hour increments. You can also place the mold in the freezer for two hours to help them along at the end.

If you don’t feel the scent is strong enough, add more drops of essential oil when making the next batch. Since the price point of these is very budget-friendly, you can definitely make them again.

Essential Oils to Try

The natural oils and refreshing scents of lemongrass oil has antibacterial properties, rodents and bugs. Tea tree oil helps to combat the spread of odor-causing smells while citrus oils (like grapefruit or

lemon essential oil) can keep away those pesky insects! You can also try a nice peppermint scent as well.

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  • Mammaw Mammaw on Jun 12, 2022

    Thank you for this great idea. I think it’s going to be wonderful. I just hate a stinky trashcan. Definitely going to try this.

    Thank you again have a wonderful day. 😘