I am the first one to admit that I lost control of my house over the summer. Though I do have a cleaning service that comes, I still like a clean house for my kids to live in. But with vacations, activities, playmates and…life, my house took a hit that I am still recovering from. Have three children home all day and three dogs that shed and make their own mess gives me little time to keep up with the chores. As a mom, I want a clean and healthy environment for my kids. While I don’t mind a little clutter here and there, I want the bathrooms and the kitchen to be clean. The other day I finally picked some up, motivated by the fact that my house could really take a further hit with back to school season started, and sat down to plan how to keep my house cleaner! In that process, which is outlined below, I also remembered my DIY Disposal Cleaning Tabs recipe! In my house, that one appliance holds on to the worst smells. Having these to use under my sink is a huge help in combating the… err… aroma!
Many think that because I work from home, my house should be a showpiece. Well, the truth is, I work, truly work, all day, every day. The only thing missing from my job and a job out of the home is commute time. And better clothing, but that is another topic altogether. So the basics of my cleaning routine is just to make the house livable day to day without letting it get out of control.
I was inspired by dish soap in lavender scent to pull out this DIY Lemon Scented Disposal Tabs recipe. With a hint of Lavender complementing the real lemon, these tabs can be tossed in and used to freshen up the dirtiest of appliances! I use mine several times a week! With all natural ingredients, it is safe for my septic tank too!
- ¾ cup baking soda
- ½ cup fine salt
- ½ - 1 tsp lavendar scented dish soap
- 1 large lemon
- Air tight container
- In a bowl add the baking soda and salt. Stir until any lumps are out. Add zest from the entire lemon and the dish soap in Lavender scent. Stir ingredients in. Cut the lemon and squeeze the juice of one half into the mix. Stir. Using the second piece of lemon, slowly add more liquid until you get a smooth, sand texture that can be formed.
- Using a spoon, pack the mixture on the spoon and pat down. Slide the tab onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a nonstick cooking pad. Set aside for 24 hours.
- Place them in an air right jar.
When you are ready to use a tab, let a stream of hot water trickle into the side of the sink where the disposal is. Toss in the tab and keep the water running for just a second. Then turn on the disposal and let it spin for a few seconds. Turn off the water and let the scent waft out of the disposal.