For the first time in 10 years, we have a garbage disposal.
As a retired military family, we didn’t really have the option to have one. We lived where the Army sent us! And when Chris retired and we moved to “Next-to-Nowhere”, Arkansas, we kept pigs and chickens. What amazing garbage disposals those creatures are!
However, a few months ago we sold our large home, moved the pigs to our gracious neighbors, and opted for a tiny rental to hold us through this transition. Enter, the garbage disposal.
Part of this major overhaul in simplifying our lives right now is the pursuit to eliminate toxins and to use cleaner and greener solutions to clean and keep our home.
I plan to share this journey with you as I am stepping out of the comfort zone of the norms that I grew up with. (Sorry, Mom, I love you, but I think there’s a healthier way!)
I think what I love most about this little DIY project is it is easy and safe for my children to help. It took us less than 10 minutes for my teenage daughter to create with me. *I would show you pics of that, but she absolutely hates being photographed!
Why is it so Stinky in There?
There are several reasons your garbage disposal can be stinky:
- Leftover food and grease that’s still lingering (and decomposing).
- Mold and bacteria hiding in the dark cavernous pit just under your sink.
- Sewer gases sneaking up and out like a smell from a 7th-grade boy who just broke wind in your English class.
What I like about this cleaning is that I can eliminate the first two options listed above. If the sink area is still stinky after a good cleaning, you might have issues with your trap and may need to call a plumber.
A Simple DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning
I remember growing up Mom would put a few ice cubes and lemons in her garbage disposal to help sharpen the blades and remove some of the odors that lurk there. I thought for a simple, non-toxic DIY garbage disposal cleaning, this was a good place to start.
I also want to say that I KNOW vinegar makes an amazing natural cleaning agent. HOWEVER, my hubby, Chris gags something terrible every time I use it. Even though the smell of vinegar will no be around long, it’s a major ‘no’ for him. To honor that, I will not use vinegar unless I truly have to.
I decided to use thieves cleaner for the antibacterial properties, plus I love the smell of this non-toxic cleaner. I added a few drops of tea tree oil for the same reason.
Next up, orange peels because we didn’t have lemons. Lemons, limes, or grapefruit would work just as well! Use what you have!
- Oranges (We used 4 clementines)
- Cutting Board
- Silicone containers or metal ice cube tray
- 16 oz glass jar*
- Thieves Cleaner (1 capful) or Thieves Oil (5-10 drops)
- Tea Tree Oil, Any Citrus Oil, and/or Purification Oil (5-10 drops of any of these)
*Note: Do NOT use a plastic cup unless you want to taste those oils for a LONG time. Trust me.
An extra benefit of making these cubes is that the entire kitchen smells AMAZING in the process of creating!
Peel the oranges (or other citrus fruit). Keep the fruit in a container and keep it in the fridge or set on the table for snacking!
Slice the rinds and set them into the silicone containers or ice cube trays.
Mix the Thieves Cleaner and Oils and fill the jar with water.
Pour cleaning mixture over the citrus rinds in the containers.
Set in the freezer until the mixture is frozen.
Use as needed!
Important Note about Essential Oils. They are not all the same. If you’re interested in learning more about simple cleaning solutions, essential oil, and DIY tips, then let’s connect!
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