Got Stink?

We’ve all experienced that foul stench of rotting kitchen garbage… especially recently removed from its contained space under the sink or from within its bin!  Yuck!  It saturates the air of your home with the remains of Taco Tuesday and Thursday night’s fish fry as you attempt to rush it out the door to the nearest dumpster…

I used to desperately wash trash bins after an exceptionally nasty haul.  The aroma of my family meals permeates the plastic of those trash bins, and it’s nearly impossible to eliminate odor.


Are you struggling to de-stinkify your trash bins?  Cloth diaper hampers?  Shoes?

Here’s a trick so stinkin’ simple, you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it sooner!

Materials needed:
  • Cotton Ball
  • Essential Oils**

Simply apply 1-2 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball, drop it into your empty trash bin, below your trash liner, and let the magic happen. If two drops of oil doesn’t seem to cut it for you, add more!  The best part?  You can leave the cotton ball in there for up to a week before you may need to refresh the oil, and you can keep refreshing the same cotton ball for several weeks.

Stinky feet?  Add at least 2 drops of essential oil to cotton balls and leave them sitting in your funky gym shoes overnight.  Your morning workout never smelled sweeter!

NOTE:  Fair warning for cloth diaper wet bags, though:  you may experience some discoloration on your wet bags if they sit in contact with citrus essential oils.  So, try to keep the ball clear of your bags by flipping the oily side down.  (I have not had this issue with plastic kitchen bags.)


**KindA Krunchy’s Essential oil suggestions:

Lemon Cleansing and purifying.  You can’t go wrong with this.

Lemon + Tea Tree The power clean combo!

Thieves®:  Show those germs who’s boss.

And the winner of them ALL:


I’ll just let this graphic from Young Living explain 😉


Have you tried this trick?  Which oils do you prefer? 


  1. Love this idea!! We’ve had some super gunky smelling kids rainboots around the house lately. So I’ll be trying this out as soon as I get inside!
    Probably with eucalyptus and geranium because that’s what I have off the top of my head:)

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