The garbage disposal is one of those kitchen appliances that can be your best friend, or your worst enemy. If used properly, it will grind up bits of food and wash them away, leaving our garbage just a little less stinky than it would have been otherwise. But what about those times when the disposal becomes your worst enemy and starts to stink that smelly, offensive not-so-clean-kitchen smell? Well, your first order of defense is to clean it with baking soda and vinegar. Then after that, maintain with some DIY deodorizer tablets.
Here’s how we made ours:
- 1 cup coffee grounds (used or fresh)
- 3/4 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
If you want to be really green, collect your used coffee grounds each morning and sprinkle them out on a plate until they are completely dry. Store them in a zip top bag until you have at least 1 cup. If you want to get started right away, pick up an inexpensive bag of pre-ground coffee at the market.
In a medium size mixing bowl, combine coffee, Epsom salt and baking soda and mix well.
Slowly add the vinegar. The baking soda will react with the vinegar and start to bubble a little bit, but will subside quickly.
Stir the ingredients so the mixture starts to clump together. If your mixture is too dry, add more vinegar (1/2 teaspoon at a time) until it becomes damp enough to form a ball.
Using a mellon baller or small scoop pack the mixture and create as many little tablets as you can. Lay them out on parchment paper until they are dry, then store in a jar and keep close to your garbage disposal.
Simply drop a tablet or two down your garbage disposal while it’s on, rinse with a stream of cold water. To really pack a punch, drop a tablet or two down the disposal and rinse with 1 cup of vinegar.