DIY Homemade Kitchen Trash Can Deodorisers

The heat of the summer brings with it an array of smells, some of them not so pleasant. If you’ve noticed a whiff coming from your kitchen trash can even though you’ve recently changed the bag, there’s a number of natural solutions to absorb and naturally remove these odours.

So before you head off to the stores to buy a pricey chemical odour solution, think twice as these natural remedies are just as effective, affordable and it’s likely that you already have these items at home.

Bicarbonate of Soda/Baking Soda

Bicarbonate of Soda/Baking Soda can be used for just about any household need. In the case of trash cans, bicarbonate of soda/baking soda will absorb all smells.

Bicarbonate of Soda/Baking Soda, unlike most commercial air fresheners, doesn’t mask odours but absorbs them instead. It neutralises stubborn acidic odours like those from sour milk as well as other bad smells lurking in your home.

If your trash can is made from plastic, sprinkle a layer of bicarbonate of soda/baking soda on the bottom before putting the bin liner in.

For a metal trash can, to avoid corrosion, pour a good amount of bicarbonate of soda/baking soda into a coffee filter and secure it with a twist tie before placing it in the bottom of the can.

Citrus Peels

A good way to make use of citrus peels – oranges, satsumas, lemons, limes and grapefruits – is to pop the peels in the trash can before adding a bin liner.

Essential Oils

Add a few drops of essential oil – citrus oils, lemongrass or citronella oils work well – to cotton wool balls and drop them in your trash can. Then add a bin liner.


Charcoal is a cheap and non-toxic deodoriser you can use anywhere in your home. It is proven to filter out odours, and can be used for filtering out trash can odours in the same way as placing bicarbonate of soda/baking soda in your trash can.

For this purpose, you do not need activated charcoal. If you have some briquettes left over from a BBQ or shisha charcoal discs, these will do. Put the charcoal briquettes or discs in a bag, and smash them up with a rolling pin. Place these pieces in the bottom of the trash can before placing a bin liner.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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