DIY Garbage Disposal Tablets

Cha Ching Queen
by Cha Ching Queen
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You walk into your house after a long day at work, running errands, working carpool duty. You open your door and. BAM! A horrid smell hits you.

What is that? After a little investigation, you realize it’s coming from your garbage disposal. These DIY Garbage Disposal Tablets are just what you need. For a quick fix that freshens, cleans, and deodorizes your garbage disposal, read on, to learn how to make these homemade garbage disposal tablet treatments with ingredients you most likely already have at home.

Sure, you could buy some of these recommended garbage disposal tabs discounted on Amazon, but you can save even more money if you make garbage disposal cleaner at home.

Thankfully, it takes just a few minutes to mix up a batch. How to make your own DIY Garbage Disposal Tablets

This DIY post is part of the extensive list of 18 Household Products You Can Make at Home.

What you need to make your homemade garbage disposal cleaner:

  • An ice cube tray or muffin pan
  • Various citrus and or citrus rinds cut into small pieces
  • White Vinegar

How to make garbage disposal tablets As I use citrus fruit during the week, I save the ends and peels in a baggie in the refrigerator. If you do not have any discarded citrus pieces, you can take various lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit and slice them into small pieces.

  1. In an ice cube tray or muffin pan, fill each spot with small amounts of fruit.
  2. Then, with white vinegar, fill each spot almost to the top. Optional – add some essential oils.
  3. After that, place the trays in the freezer for a few hours until completely frozen.
  4. Pop out the tabs and put them together in a freezer bag for later use.
  5. Be sure to label your bag, especially if you have kids.

These homemade DIY garbage disposal tablets look pretty yummy, like a popsicle. But, I assure you, the smell alone will make you change your mind about possible consumption. How to use your DIY Garbage Disposal Tablets

It’s straightforward.

First, run some hot water into your sink and then turn off the water. Next, pour a little bit of baking soda down the drain. Carefully place one of your new DIY Garbage Disposal Tablets into the disposal.

You will probably hear some fizzing. Turn the water back on, and with caution, turn on the garbage disposal. Run it until all of the tablets are chopped up.

Note – As with any DIY project, use caution and try small amounts at first at your own risk. Different appliances behave in different ways.

If you love how this green cleaning method cleaned your sink, check out this list of about 50 ways to use vinegar (and it keeps growing).

Vinegar has many uses in and around the house, car, garden, for pets, and more.

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  • Leah Leah on Aug 15, 2022

    What is the benefit of freezing the vinegar. Can’t you just sprinkle the baking soda on top of some cut up citrus down the drain then pour on the vinegar?

  • Debra Marlow Rowe Debra Marlow Rowe on Aug 15, 2022

    so the ice isn't harmful to the garbage disposal?

  • Sus28610477 Sus28610477 on Aug 16, 2022

    Can you really run long neck glass bottles in the garbage disposal? Does it really sharpen and not wreck the blades?

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