If you are lucky enough to have one of these appliances then you may run that sucker like a workhorse to grind up all the sticky bits and bobs that collect in a family kitchen. After awhile, though, it doesn’t smell all that fresh. No matter how stinky it gets in my sink, you can bet that I won’t ever be putting my hand down that thing to clean it! Irrational fear or not, I’ve seen way to many hands-in-garburator accidents on TV to permanently etch the fear on my gray matter.
In search of a fresher-smelling garburator, I’ve tried the lemon rind method (where you simply toss your citrus peels in the sink and run the disposal), but it still doesn’t seem to stay fresh. So if, like me, you are looking for a way to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal while keeping all of your digits intact, then give this recipe a shot. It smells divine with the addition of lemongrass essential oil.
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of liquid castile soap
- 20 drops lemongrass essential oil
- ¼ cup water
- Mix the baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Add the castile soap and essential oils and stir quite well.
- Next, slowly add water by the tablespoon and mix together with your hands until you get the consistency of wet snow. The mixture should stick together when squished in your fist. Be sure not to make the mixture too moist, you may need less water than the recipe so check as you mix to get the consistency correct.
- Press and roll the moisture into little balls, about a teaspoon in size each. Set on a sheet of parchment paper to dry for 12-24 hours until firm.
- Pack the little balls into a pretty jar and set near the sink so you can pop 1-3 balls in whenever the garbage disposal needs a little pick-me-up.
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