There is a reason people complain about smelly garbage disposals. They do a lot of hard work on our behalf! When working properly, garbage disposals will grind up scrap pieces of food and condiments rinsed off of lunch and dinner plates every day. It’s no wonder that after processing food for us all day every day, garbage disposals eventually develop a stinky smell!
The good news is, it’s easy to keep your garbage disposal fresh and clean with just a few household products.
How to Make Coffee Grounds Garbage Disposal Tablets
- 1 cup Dry Coffee Grounds (used or fresh)
- ¾ cup Epsom Salt
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- 3 tbsp Distilled White Vinegar
Step 1: Dry Your Coffee Grounds
If you drink coffee each morning, this is a great way to recycle your coffee grounds! After your morning cup, sprinkle the used coffee grounds on a large plate or baking sheet to dry completely. Store the dried grounds in a container and continue adding to it until you have 1 cup worth.
(NOTE: You can also use fresh ground coffee in this recipe if you don’t have the patience to dry and recycle each morning.)
Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients
Grab a large bowl and combine all of the dry ingredients: coffee grounds, Epsom salt, and baking soda. Mix well!
Step 3: Add Vinegar
Slowly add distilled white vinegar to your mixture. You will notice a fizzing reaction between the baking soda and vinegar, but this will subside quickly. Stir in the vinegar until the mixture starts to clump together. Add vinegar ½ tsp at a time until the mixture clumps into a ball.
Step 4: Scoop Your Tablets
Use a lemon baller, small scoop, or spoon to scoop and pack the tablet mixture into small tablets. Lay each tablet on parchment paper until completely dry. You can store these tablets in a jar or other container in your kitchen.
How to Use:
The next time you notice your garbage disposal could use a refresh, pop one or two tablets down your garbage disposal while it’s running and rinse it down with running water.
For even more cleaning power, follow these tablets with 1-2 frozen vinegar cubes. I have a container full of these in my freezer at all times! These will also help eliminate funky smells as well as sharpen your garbage disposal blades. You can also try citrus garbage disposal refreshers, which are better looking and will have a similar effect.