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When I started this blog over 5 years ago, I started it with the intention to share easy and approachable ways to live a healthier life. One of my main focus points was to share how I clean my home using all natural products. One of the best products I’ve found to help me in that pursuit is 20 Mule Team® Borax.
While there are tons of household uses for Borax, today I want to share how to clean garbage disposals and trash cans, naturally.
How to Clean Garbage Disposal Naturally
When you use Borax to help clean and deodorize your garbage disposal, you can naturally absorb bacteria and bad odors, and help prevent unwanted build up on the moving parts.
Step 1: Pour 3 tablespoons of Borax down your garbage disposal, and let sit for 1 hour.
Step 2: Turn your faucet on to hot, and let run through the drain for 1 minute.
Step 3: Turn your garbage disposal on for 5 seconds while the hot water is running, then turn off garbage disposal and water.
That’s it! You’ve learned how to clean garbage disposals naturally!
Repeat every 2 – 3 weeks, to keep mold, bacteria and unpleasant odors at bay.
How to Clean & Deodorize Trash Cans Naturally
You can clean and deodorize your trash can easily with the help of Borax. Here’s how:
Step 1: Remove liner, and any trash or scraps at the bottom of the trash can.
Step 2: Sprinkle borax onto a damp sponge or cloth, and wipe down the inside of the trash can. Rinse the sponge out and repeat until thoroughly cleaned.
Step 3: Sprinkle in a little bit of borax once it’s clean to provide lasting odor-absorbing protection.
Other Uses for Borax
Borax is commonly used in laundry rooms, but it can be used in ton of other ways throughout your home! Here are some other uses for Borax:
- Laundry Booster – to help soften water and boost detergent performance
- Helps Clean Tile
- Helps Clean Sinks
- Helps Clean Microwaves and Ovens
- Helps deodorize mattress odors
- Helps clean silverware
Find even more uses for Borax here!
Where to Shop
I picked up my Borax at my local Smith’s store in the laundry aisle with “additives”.
Do you have any favorite uses for Borax? Please share them in the comments!
Pauline M Brewster says
This is such a good idea! Our garbage cans are always getting blown around so it would be nice to have them labeled and with something so cute!
Diane taber says
Hi just want to know how to make my own cleaning products.
Andrea Vaughan says
Hi Diane – here is how I make my own cleaning products: https://homemadeforelle.com/homemade-cleaning-supplies/
Judith Goncalves says
I’ve already been using baking soda and vinegar for cleaning my disposal for a long time, but I never even thought of grinding up citrus peels to make it smell good… That’s genius! I’m actually feeling kinda dumb because I’ve just been throwing my orange peels in the trash this whole time, when I could’ve been using them to make my kitchen smell like oranges. Oh well, now I know!
James Garner says
I have just recently started my natural cleaning journey, and have been using baking soda in a lot of recipes. Is Borax different from baking soda or do they do the same thing?
Great question! Borax and baking soda are chemically different, but you can often use them interchangeably in house cleaning. The one place you would definitely not use borax as a substitute for baking soda is in cooking, as it could cause serious harm to an individual if ingested.
Borax is a handy thing to have around the kitchen. We love using it at our house 🙂
Tina Gleisner says
Love how you shared the many different ways you can use one product to clean your home … so we can all cut back on the crazy assortment of cleaning supplies overflowing our cabinets.
Johm Milnes says
Definitely a great way to keep your disposal clean and smelling fresh.
Thanks for Sharing.
Melodi Steinberg says
Wow, I need to try this!
Love Borax! So much gentler than all those liquid chemicals. Borax kills ants too if you sprinkle around the perimeter of your house. 🙂
Sarah Bailey says
These are some great tips, it is most definitely more preferable to do things a natural way than use a lot of horrid cleaners.
I love Borax! I use it for everything from making my own laundry detergent to making my own dishwasher soap. But I didn’t think to use it for the garbage disposal.
tara pittman says
That is a great way to keep the disposal clean. I love using natural products
Claudia Krusch says
Sometimes the garbage disposal can get really stinky. I will have to give this a try. I have been meaning to give it a good cleaning.
Jen and Paul Temcio says
Even though I use liquid fabric soap, I always put a generous sprinkle of Borax in the loads because I know it makes the laundry cleaner and more fresh. I have never thought to use it in other places in the house, but I am going to go do the disposal right now!
robin rue says
That is a smart idea. I didn’t know I could use Borax for this, but I HAVE to try it.
Carrie @ourpotluckfamily says
Thanks for these cleaning ideas. We moved this past summer, and we still need to do a deep-cleaning in our new house, so I may have to try a few of these! #client