Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY: Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can be an icky place. I had come across an article on making your own garbage disposal refreshers and decided to give it a whirl. It worked like a charm, so I made some more and wanted to share this little piece of domestic awesome with you.

Savvy Sugar has a very easy tutorial on making these. Cost is cheap and prep is super easy!

A little side note before you begin- Let your household know that these are NOT cookies. Lucas almost popped one in his mouth!  
Here is what you 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 (I used my hands)
Glass jar or anything really cute to hold them
Step One:
Gather all your ingredients together and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. (I like this recipe, because I had the majority of the stuff already in my kitchen!)
Step Two:
Mix your baking soda and salt together.
Step Three:
Cut your lemon in half and grate the lemon peel into the mixture. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into it. Add the dishwashing liquid to the mix.
Step Four:
Mix all ingredients together well. You will have a slightly course mixture, but it should be damp enough to form your little mounds of refreshing goodness.
Step Five:
Use your hands or a spoon to form small balls and place them onto the cookie sheet.
*The instructions on Savvy Sugar's used a scoop for molding. It is definitely your call!*

Step Six:
Let them dry overnight. 
*I had to wait two days for them to dry. My climate is pretty damp, so it took a little longer than over night.* 

Step Seven:
Once dry, put them in a cute jar and Voila! a way to refresh your disposal whenever you want!!!
Thank you so much Sarah Lipoff at Savvy Sugar for an amazing tutorial!
Let me know how your project went!!!
Squeeze- Liz


  1. how hard did yours get?after a night and all day, mine still just fell apart..what do you think was wrong?

    1. Hi there! Mine were firm, but, if I squeeze them, they do crumble. They were firm enough though to handle. I had to wait two days until they hardened up. I did some research and I think you can try adding a teaspoon more of baking soda to it. Let me know if this works for you! :) I would also think of drying them in the oven (not on). Its dry and dark in there... so that may help!


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