I began making deodorizer tablets when I was a newlywed. My husband and I moved into a condo that he had rented out, and the tenants left a horrible smell behind. I didn't want to use artificial fragrances because they were overwhelming. I didn't even know that those products were toxic at that time. These are so easy to make and I found uses all over the house.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 4 tablespoons of water - you may need slightly less in damp environments and slightly more in very dry places
- 15-20 drops essential oil alone or in combination (Cedar repels moths, pine & fir are great in winter, Citrus oil is uplifting and antibacterial, Peppermint deters ants & rodents (great for outdoor garbage), Neem oil deters bugs, Lavender calms, Frankincense is amazing for so many things.)
- Silicone mold. If you have flexible ice trays, that works too, but silicone is best when you pop them out. Cookie molds, ice molds and decorative molds make a beautiful tablet.
- After measuring the baking soda, sift or stir well to remove all clumps
- Add water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- The mixture should feel like damp sand before putting into the mold. If it's too wet or dry, it will crumble. (See below for using the crumbles.) If it's too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time until you get the right consistency. If too wet, add less water next time.
- Add essential oils
- Press tightly into the mold
- Allow to dry overnight. Areas with high humidity leave them in the mold an extra day.
- Pop the tablets out of the mold and let them dry fully before storing. I use a mason jar with a lid but any airtight container of your choice works.
Use For Deodorizer Tablets
- Place a tablet into the bottom of trash cans
- Freshen your sink drain. Add 1/4 c vinegar for foaming action
- Got crumbles? Fill a natural material cloth bag and hang near garbage, litter boxes, stuff into sneakers, hang in your closet (if using cedar oil), and under your sinks.
- Place in diaper pails and diaper bags
- Toss into a load of smelly laundry. Great for crumbles.
- Refresh your toilet bowl between flushes
- Place tablets or crumbles into a shallow dish – I love to use mason jars – and place them in your sink cabinets.