DIY Trash Can Deodorizer

Ever walk into a room and say to yourself, “What is that smell?” Only to find out that it is your smelly trash can? I was hoping that this pin from The Good Wife will solve all of my stinky garbage pail problems. I couldn’t wait to test this DIY Trash Can Deodorizer!

Trash Can Deodorizer.


  • It was easy to make
  • It took the “stink” away
  • It was cheap to make
  • Few ingredients (tea tree oil and baking soda)


  • The smell of Tea Tree Oil
  • It is messy when you remove your Trash Bag
  • You have to periodically rinse it out and do it over (it takes time)

After mixing up my “stink away” solution I had high hopes that it would work, and be worth my time and effort. (no matter how little that effort may be) Well, I sprinkled it in and waited. I have to say that it worked pretty well. That

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being said, I am not a huge fan of the scent of Tea Tree Oil. So much to my dismay my kitchen smelled like I was manufacturing tea tree oil! (I think that this would work well with another scent, like Lavender or Lemon oil)

Verdict for the DIY Trash Can Deodorizer:

Because of the messy cleanup every time you remove a trash bag, and the fact that the Tea Tree Oil smell was overwhelming, I was going to give this a Pin-Failed-It. If you like the smell of tea tree oil or use a different scent that is more appealing I feel that this pin would work better and be much easier to live with. But after setting over night the tea tree oil smell had dissipated and I was left with a clean smelling garbage can! Woo Hoo! No more butt crack smelling trash odor!!!




  1. Sally says

    I find the sun does a good job at banishing the smell from my plastic trash can. Along with Dr Bronners Castile soap. I put hot water and the Dr Bronners soap in the trash can and let it sit for an hour, scrub down the inside with my Dobie scrubber and then pour out the soapy water (since I use Dr Bronners I feel okay pouring it out into my yard). Then I let the sunlight dry it sitting outside.

  2. says

    I would think that if you were to put a paper bag on top of the baking soda before putting in the trash bag, you could eliminate the messy problem! 🙂

  3. monica says

    I used the baking soda boxes that are meant for fridge/freezer and put the tea tree on the white part of box, them stuck in bottom of diaper pail. It worked great! I think you could also put baking soda/ tea tree mixture in a plastic container with holes in top in bottom and still get same effect. Eliminating the mess.

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