I recently had someone ask me via the One Good Thing By Jillee Facebook page how they could get rid of the smell emanating from their trash compactor. It wasn’t long after that I came across an idea for deodorizing diaper pail disks that I thought was so smart! I figured if these dandy disks could help with the smell in a container full of dirty diapers…it could certainly help with the trash compactor(or trashcan.)
These would also work well behind a toilet, under a sink, or anywhere that could use a little freshening. And…they are so simple to make! You probably already have everything you need on hand right now.
The only difficult thing about this idea (at least for me!) was waiting for the disks to dry and harden. (Anything involving waiting has the potential to make me cranky. I am so impatient sometimes! I take after my dear Dad, and unfortunately, I think at least one of my kids has taken after me!)
DIY Deodorizing Disks
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 – 2 cups distilled water (or you can boil your water for 10 minutes.)
- Lavender essential oil (or whatever oil you choose. Citrus would be good too!)
- Silicone mold or muffin pan
I decided to use these cute flower-shaped silicone molds. I thought they were appropriate. Flowers vs. Stink. :-)
Add a 3 to 4 drops of essential oil to approximately 1/2 cup water. Pour the water/oil mixture into the baking soda and mix well. Continue to add water until you have a THICK paste.
Divide the mixture into your molds or muffin tin cups.
Let dry 24 to 48 hours until completely hardened. Mine took about 24 hours…but live in an uber dry state! So depending on where you live…it could take a little longer.
I love the way they turned out. Cute design for a practical purpose! And they smell SO good!
According to Jennifer at Diapers, Dirt, etc…each disk should last about a month in a diaper pail. I’m guessing a month is also long enough to leave them in a smelly trashcan or compactor. Then when you are ready to replace it, take the OLD disk and crumble it into a load of laundry to help deodorize there as well.
Now go forth and make the world a better smelling place to dwell!