Belly to Belly: Garbage Pail Deodorizer Recipe

This is the tea tree oil I buy from Whole Foods, aka Greenlife in Asheville.

In a previous post, I expressed my disdain for the Diaper Genie… specifically for the expense of their replacement cartridges. We finally ditched the Genie in favor of a plain old flip-top trash can, and deal with the smell by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a tissue and tossing it into each fresh trash bag.

A friend is following my example, but when she texted to ask for a reminder of what we did, I did a little extra research to give her options. Not everyone likes the smell of tea tree oil (I love it… it reminds me of summer camp) so I found that lemon oil has the same deodorizing properties. I also discovered this recipe, which creates a powder for the bottom of your trash can:

1 teaspoon tea tree oil
1 cup baking soda
Mix and work out all the lumps with a fork. Sprinkle in bottom of pail after liner is removed. Periodically rinse pail with vinegar and water and let dry in the sun.

In addition to deodorizing, the baking soda absorbs the smell. Plus, you sprinkle it into the can, not the bag, so it can last longer.

As my friend said, never thought we’d be exchanging garbage pail recipes.

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