Is your trash can smelling less than fresh? Try these trash can deodorizing tabs. They are easy to make and work really well.
I used to clean my trash cans weekly. Yes I was that person. If you are still that person this post likely won’t help you much. You likely don’t have smelly trash cans, at least most of the time.
Sometimes I miss being that kind of homemaker. The one with the perfectly cleaned home. Those were the days before I had a blog and before I had most of the responsibilities I have now. And let’s be honest, it was before social media. And while I’m working on not letting social media be such a time suck we all know that can be hard.
So now I try to wash out my trash cans monthly, keyword being try. And so sometimes they don’t smell the best, the kitchen trash can really. Like those nights you make fish, oh the smell of fish trash, ick! Even if you clean your trash cans weekly you may have some smell going on.
Sure you can take the trash out right away and clean the trash can all the time. However, do most of us do that? Not likely, thank goodness for trash cans with lids.
I have often sprinkled baking soda in the trash can before adding a bag and sure it helps but when you do clean the trash can it can be even more work to get clean.
So how do you use all the goodness of baking soda without the mess? You make it in to easy to use tabs. Even better add some essential oils for even more odor control.
After my first set of silicone molds, which I used for lavender bath bombs, I have been addicted. I’m always looking for more ways to use them. This project is perfect. You can make these tabs by just scooping the mixture on to some wax paper but this works even better. And let’s be honest, it also makes you seem like Martha Stewart.
While your friends may be impressed these are super easy to make. You don’t have to tell them how easy they are if you don’t want to.
How to Make Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs
Mix the baking soda and essential oils. How much and what kind of essential oils is up to you. I used around a teaspoon of orange essential oils. Just add until the amount of scent is to your preference.
Slowly add the water one tablespoon at a time, mixing after you add. Once the mixture feels a bit like wet sand and when you pack it, it keeps it’s shape, stop adding water.
Spoon the mixture into a silicone mold and pack it in firmly.
Let dry for at least 24 hours. Carefully pop the tabs out of the molds, if they break let them dry a bit longer and try again.
Store in an air tight container. Add one or two to the bottom of your trash can as needed.
It’s fun to experiment with the scents for these. I plan to make some with orange, cinnamon, and clove around the holidays. These can also be used in your fridge in place of a box of baking soda. They also would be great for diaper pails!
I’d love to hear what scent you choose and where you use them. And if you want more cleaning tips like this be sure to sign up for my cleaning tip emails by clicking here.