There is nothing I hate more then a smelly sink. It ruins the happy feeling I get when I have a clean kitchen and gives me an extra super icky feeling when I have a dirty kitchen. In the past, we usually bought garbage disposal fresheners Then I read the warning on the front of the package…
“Caution: Contains a bitter coating to discourage children from swallowing. Do not break pod open or take internally. If broken, wash immediately from skin and clothing. If swallowed induce vomiting and call physician at once. Pod will be irritating to eyes upon contact. In case of eye contact, flush eyes with plenty of water and contact you local poison control center. Keep out of reach of children.”
Seriously, why on earth would I want that in my house. Even if I kept it out of reach of Parker, there was still a danger. Next step, Pinterest. I came across a video of Rachel Ray, my girl crush, with tips on how to keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh.
I ended up combining her tips to make lemon vinegar garbage disposal pods. All I needed was 2 ice cube trays, a lemon and about a cup of distilled white vinegar. I cut them lemon and placed a piece in each section. Then filled each section with the vinegar. Once they were frozen, I emptied them into a Tupperware contain to keep in the freeze. Now all we have to do is grab a few and throw them into the disposal!
A bag of 9 lemons cost around $3 and a bottle of vinegar is around $5. The best part is I am using some of the other lemons and vinegar tomorrow when I share how to DIY dusting cloths! If I was only using them for pods, I would be able to make about 288 costing a whopping $.02/each. A generic bag of 12 garbage disposal pods is around $4.50 which factors out to about $.38/each.
While I love the natural yet effective power of vinegar, I have a hard time stomaching it… When I was at girl scout camp one summer (a long time ago), I participated in an activity where you were blind folded and had to identify liquids based on taste (we held our noses). Guess who got vinegar…? Yep, this girl over here. Absolutely disgusting :/ When I was pregnant, the smell was even worse.
I have found that adding lemons help and I hope that over time, I will be able to teach my brain to think of clean when I smell vinegar just like I do with lemon pledge.