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Garbage Disposal Cleaner Tabs

DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaner Tabs

Garbage disposal cleaner tabs are easy to make and even easier to use. They work well to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal naturally.

Prep Time 2 days 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Drying Time 1 day
Total Time 3 days 20 minutes
Servings 8 ounces
Author Katie Vance


  • 1/4 cup finely shredded citrus rinds (lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup baking soda


  1. Finely grate (or zest) citrus rinds. I used two large oranges and two small lemons. Let dry for 24-48 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and citrus rinds, then measure in citric acid.

  3. Stir the garbage disposal cleaner tab ingredients well and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Scoop up a small amount of the mixture in your hand and squeeze together as if you were forming a ball. If the mixture clumps together, there is enough moisture to scoop into the molds. If the mixture falls apart completely, then you may need to spritz a little water on it using a fine mist sprayer. Go lightly here, just the tiniest amount of water will be enough.
  5. Once the mixture starts to clump together, spoon into silicone molds. Pack down the mixture tightly into the mold.
  6. Let dry for 24 hours in a cool, dry place. Unmold.

To Use

  1. Run a pencil-thin stream of water into the garbage disposal
  2. Place tab in the garbage disposal while water is running. Turn off the water after 30 seconds.
  3. Allow to fully dissolve, then turn the water back on and run the garbage disposal.
  4. Repeat as needed.


While the ingredients are simple, this recipe is a little harder to get right. The key is to dry the shredded citrus rinds before using them so that most of the water evaporates. You'll need just a little bit of that water to help the tabs stick together, but not too much. It's a lot like making the perfect bath bomb recipe.