Multipurpose Deodorizer Tabs You Can Make at Home

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Homemade Deodorizer Tabs

Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Johanna Love

With a toddler and an infant at home, I am no stranger to unpleasant scents. Diaper pails, burp cloths, and stained clothing each bring with it a unique, foul aroma. A smelly diaper pail or trash can has the power to stink up the entire house, and sometimes, taking it out doesn’t remove the odor. These multipurpose deodorizer tabs are designed to sit at the bottom of the container and help keep the air smelling fresh.

The recipe is straightforward, and you probably already have everything in your pantry. Baking soda and water are the two main ingredients, and they work together to remove odors. If you’re looking for an additional scent boost, you can incorporate your favorite essential oils. These tabs are crumbly, so make sure to pack the mixture firmly into the silicone mold, and let them dry for at least 24 hours before removing.

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You Will Need

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 tsp. essential oils of choice (optional)
  • 6 – 8 TB. distilled water
  • Silicone mold
  • Airtight container

To Make

Combine the baking soda and essential oils of your choice, if desired. Depending on your scent preference, experiment with the amount of essential oils you use, adding up to 1 teaspoon. Slowly add the distilled water to the mixture 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix after each addition. It is ready when the mixture feels like damp sand and it keeps its shape. Firmly pack the mixture into the silicone mold, and let dry for at least 24 hours. When solidified, carefully pop the tabs out of the molds, and store in an airtight container. To use, place one or two tabs at the bottom of the container as needed.

Danielle Williams is the managing editor for Willow and Sage, The Natural Home Issue, Mingle, and Art Quilting Studio. She lives with her growing family in Orange County, California.

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One thought on “Multipurpose Deodorizer Tabs You Can Make at Home”

  1. It’s an easy-to-make recipe.
    That’s what I love. I already knew the recipe itself.
    However, the wonderful presentation makes it possible for you to generate a desire to try it.
    Thank you.