Your garbage disposal does not get the credit it deserves. It gladly takes any of your unwanted scraps and rarely makes any complaints. Many people take their garbage disposal for granted and do not realize how valuable it is… until it stops working. It is very important to implement some preventative maintenance that will not only keep your disposal working, but also ensure it is releasing a pleasant scent.

Do not worry, this is not going to be expensive. These “Garbage Disposal Refresher” can be easily created from a variety of items that are likely already in your kitchen. You may be thinking, why do I need these? Well, when your garbage disposal is not working or stinking up the whole house, you will be wishing you took Budget Dumpster’s advice and made these essential garbage disposal refreshers.

Step #1: Gather All the Ingredients.

The great thing about these garbage disposal refreshers is that they can be tailored to your preference. In my opinion, you just cannot beat lemon but many have utilized oranges, limes and even coffee as their “flavor.” Feel free to improvise and try some different things out because it is YOUR garbage disposal. However below is the ingredients for the basic, yet extremely effective garbage disposal refresher.


  • A Lemon
  • A Measuring Cup
  • A Grater
  • Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment or Wax Based Paper
  • A Spoon and Knife
  • A Medium Sized Mixing Bowl
  • A Seal-able Container


Step #2: Now that all of your ingredients are in one place, we can really get down to business. Take ¾ cup baking soda, ½ cup salt and put them in your mixing bowl. Begin stirring the mixture until it is no longer lumpy.

Step #3: Grab your lemon and start grating it directly into the mixing bowl. In my opinion, you cannot have enough lemon, but it really your call of how much zest you want to put in there. After the grating, it is time to add a ½ teaspoon of liquid soap into the mix.


Step #4: Find your knife and cut the lemon in half. As you are squeezing the juice into the mixing bowl, take your spoon and stir it up. You will need to continue mixing the garbage disposal refresher until it begins to look and feel like sand.

Step #5: Rip off a piece of parchment paper and place it on your cookie sheet. Then using you spoon, scoop portions of the mixture and place them on the cookie sheet. It is not required, but using an ice cream scooper or even a rounded teaspoon measuring spoon may not only be easier, but also will result in a much prettier thing to throw down the garbage disposal.


Step #6: Let your garbage disposal refreshers dry over night. If you aren’t about to go to bed, it is likely going to take over 4 hours to completely dry, depending on your amount of lemon juice.

Step #7: Now that all of your garbage disposal refreshers have dried, throw them in your seal-able container. Then take a couple of them and toss them down your garbage disposal. Turn on the water, flip the switch and instantly the smell will disappear.


Step #8: Use your garbage disposal refreshers on an as needed basis. Keep them right by your sink, so you will be able to quickly take care of the stench.

If you have any ideas on how to make this project or have suggestions on what do-it-yourself to detail next, please do not hesitate to contact Budget Dumpster.