Deep Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

Deep Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are an often overlooked part of our house and they can be pretty filthy. If neglected for too long they will start to smell pretty bad. Deep cleaning your garbage disposal will help keep it smelling fresh and working well. It may seem like a lot of steps but as long as you keep up with it, it won’t take long at all.

Deep Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

What you need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Citrus Peels
  • Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s which I get from Thrive Market)
  • Old Toothbrush


  1. Clean the sink hole cover with hot soapy water. You may want to use an old tooth brush to get to all the parts. If you haven’t done this in awhile, or ever, be prepared to be grossed out! When you are done, rinse well with hot water.
  2. Next, pour some baking soda in the drain. I use around half a cup. Follow with vinegar, about twice as much as the baking soda. This is just breaking up clogs, the reaction doesn’t clean but it does help break things up.
  3. Run some hot water again to finish breaking up all of the gunk.
  4. Now is the part that will help get your garbage disposal smelling nice and clean. Cut up some citrus peels. I like to keep mine in the freezer for when I need them. Put the peels in the garbage disposal and run it. With water running, of course!

This should leave your garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh! It’s a great way to keep your kitchen smelling good and to use up leftover citrus peels. You can also put them in ice cube trays with vinegar and freeze them. These cubes also help sharpen the garbage disposal blades.

Have you ever deep cleaned your garbage disposal? Let’s be honest, how bad was it really? I hadn’t done mine in awhile so it wasn’t pretty.

Don’t forget to check back often for more cleaning tips. And check out my DIY cleaning board on Pinterest for more great ideas. 

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Natural DIY Carpet Freshener

Natural DIY Carpet Freshener

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Carpet fresheners on the market normally contain synthetic fragrance. Synthetic fragrance is not an ingredient but a group of ingredients that companies don’t have to disclose. They often include harmful ingredients that have been shown to cause a number of health concerns.

Another harmful ingredient found in many carpet fresheners is benzyl benzoate. The European Union has found benzyl benzoate to be a possible human immune system toxicant or allergen and wildlife and environmental toxicant. It is also possibly a endocrine disrupter.

Making your own DIY carpet freshener is simple and can also save you money. And of one of my favorite parts is being able to make whatever scent I want. In the fall I like to use an orange, cinnamon, and bay leaf scent. Currently I’m enjoying using a mix called Cheer Up Buttercup. It’s a mix of bergamot, orange, lime, grapefruit, and lemon. Lime and bergamot is another scent I like in the spring and summer.

Natural Carpet Freshener


  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil(s) of your choice
  • Clean glass jar
  • 2 metal lids that fit the jar
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Optional: Label or washi tape


  1. Using a hammer and nail, carefully poke several holes in the top of one lid.
  2. Fill jar with baking soda.
  3. Slowly add the essential oils to figure out how strong you want it. I used a 16 ounce jar and used around 30 drops.
  4. Place the lid without the holes on and shake well. Store with this lid on.
  5. Optional: put washi tape or label on the jar.
  6. When you are ready to use it, switch to the lid with the holes.
  7. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let sit 15 minutes – 1 hour. The longer it sits the better.
  8. Vacuum normally.

It’s that simple. It works wonderfully and no worrying about what is ending up left behind on your carpet. I’d love to know what scent you choose to use. I have so much fun playing with the scents.

Check out my Pinterest for more fun DIY ideas. And check back often for more spring cleaning tips! 

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Natural Air Freshener Spray

DIY Natural Air Freshener

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Chemicals found in air fresheners have been linked to many health issues. One chemical commonly found in air fresheners is 1,4-dichlorobenzene or 1,4-DCB. 1,4-DCB is linked to lung damage. And this chemical has been found in 96% of American’s blood.

“The 10% of people with the highest blood levels of 1,4-DCB did 4% worse in a test of lung function than the 10% of people with the lowest blood levels of the chemical, found Stephanie J. London, MD, and colleagues at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).”-  WebMD

For people with asthma and other lung conditions this reduction in lung function could be serious. It also puts people at an increased risk of lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

A group of chemicals also commonly found in air fresheners is phthalates. Phthalates have been shown to alter hormone levels and cause other health problems.

“Phthalates are known to interfere with production of the male hormone, testosterone, and have been associated with reproductive abnormalities. Numerous animal studies have linked prenatal exposure to certain phthalates with decreases in testosterone, malformations of the genitalia, and reduced sperm production. The State of California notes that five types of phthalates—including one that we found in air freshener products—are “known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.” Phthalate exposure in indoor environments has also been associated with allergic symptoms and asthma.”- Natural Resources Defense Council

These are just a few of the harmful ingredients found in most air fresheners. Making your own natural air freshener with a few simple will help protect your family’s health and even save you some money.

Natural Air Freshener



Simply pour the alcohol into a spray bottle, add the essential oil(s) of your choice, and shake. The amount of oil you will need depends on how strong you want it and how big the bottle is. I start with about 10-20 and work my way up.

Many recipes call for water but I choose to leave this out because alcohol dries faster than water and it helps prevent bacteria from developing in the spray. Be sure to shake this before you use it because the essential oils and alcohol will separate.


I like to change the scent I use with the seasons. Right now I’m using a citrus scent. If you choose to make this I’d love to hear what scent you use. Also, do you avoid artificially scented items in your home?

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Simple Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Simple Toilet Bowl Cleaner | Retro Housewife Goes Green

You have likely seen many people suggest a toilet bowl cleaner made with baking soda and vinegar. While these are two great cleaners this is the wrong way to use them. Learning why they react will help explain why they shouldn’t be used together.

They react because baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid dissolved in water. When you mix an acid and a base in a solvent, which in this case is the water, usually the acid transfers hydrogen to the base to form a new compound. In this case, the new compound is called carbonic acid, which then decomposes to water and carbon dioxide gas. – source

So when you clean with baking soda and vinegar, you are basically cleaning with nothing. This reaction does work well for clearing clogged drains though!

Simple Towel Bowl Cleaner

A better way to use these two ingredients is one at a time. Here is a simple toilet bowl cleaner, it’s so simple it’s only one ingredient.

  • Spray the inside and outside of the toilet with white vinegar.
  • Let sit for about 10-15 minutes. This is a good time to clean other parts of the bathroom.
  • Wipe down the outside of the toilet with a clean rag, start with the cleanest parts and work to the dirtiest.
  • Scrub the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush.

For an even deeper clean, flush the toilet and sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl. And then scrub again. Baking soda will help scrub off tough stains.

The easiest way to keep the toilet clean is a quick wipe down everyday. This should prevent the need for deep cleaning.


Did you know you shouldn’t clean with vinegar and baking soda at the same time? I’d also love to know, how do you clean your toilet?

Be sure to check back each week for more tips for your spring cleaning. And don’t forget to print the free spring cleaning planner printable. 


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Free Spring Cleaning Printable


Spring Cleaning Printable | Retro Housewife Goes Green

We may still have some snow on the ground but spring is less than a month away! This is great news to anyone, like me, that is not the biggest fan of winter. I’ve been pinning lots of spring decor ideas and I’m getting ready for some spring cleaning.

Confession, my house is not in the best shape right now. Last year was so busy and my house suffered. This year things are somewhat less crazy after we decided to scale back our family business a bit. I also am learning to say no to extra things I don’t really have time for.

Spring is going to be a fresh start for my home! I’m planning on giving it a good deep clean and getting ready to start some projects that need taken care of. I really need to get some painting done but that will be easier with everything in order and cleaned. De-clutting is another project that needs to happen.

I will be starting my spring cleaning, as well as my spring cleaning series here on the blog, in March. And before I start my spring cleaning I like to come up with a plan. Did you know there are only three days left in February?! Isn’t that hard to believe? So it’s time to start planning if you haven’t already.

To help myself get prepared I have created a printable to fill out and I want to share it will all of you!

Spring Cleaning Printable | Retro Housewife Goes Green

Hope you enjoy this printable. If you have any tips for preparing for spring cleaning share them in the comments below. And check back in March for some more spring cleaning posts.

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