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DIY Diaper Pail Odor-Absorbing Tablets

July 16th, 2018 | no comments

A few weeks back I shared our favorite diapers and wipes that we LOVE to use on Emerson. But let’s be real, the diapering experience can get REAL stinky, real quickly. We change and clean our diaper pail frequently and also have an air purifier in Emmy’s nursery, but that pail odor sneaks in from time to time and it’s not pleasant.

Today I am sharing a quick an easy recipe for effective odor-absorbing tablets that you can use in your diaper pail or trash can (always make sure your diaper pail or trash can has a lid if you have little ones in the home so they are not grabbing things out of there). 


A few years before I had Emmy I made a concerted effort to rid my home cleaning product routine of harsh chemicals and when possible, make a DIY version that was gentle on our body/environment but also effective (not to mention, affordable). When I was first pregnant, I was very sensitive to fragrance and noticed where even the gentler store-bought variaties still had a lot of unnecessary added fragrance and thought to myself, “if this is bothering ME, it will surely bother a newborn.” And with that, I started to use even gentler and more home-made household and toiletry products. Now, this is a BIG undertaking and we certainly are not perfect in the “clean household” department… but, we try out best and that’s all you can really do.

I find that as I “clean up our home” I am inspired to swap out more and more products for natural, gentler versions and when possible, make them myself. This is where essential oils come in! 


I’m not an expert in essential oils but have been using them in my routine for years to make DIY Yoga Mat Spray, DIY Hand Sanizting Spray, All Natural Body Scrub as well as in my self-care and beauty routines. I’ve recently gotten more into making my own cleaning products and love the antimicrobial properties that essential oils add, making them great for disinfecting your home. Different oils tout various other properties and I’ve recently come across the DoTerra Purity Blend and really love the refreshing, clean and odor-absorbing scent that neutralizes bad odors… like…diaper pails!

Today I am sharing a quick an easy recipe that takes minutes to make (plus, overnight to set) and I hope you love it as much as we do!



You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup Baking Soda 
  • 3 – 4 tablespoon water 
  • 20 Drops Essentials Oils (I used the DoTerra PURITY Blend)
  • Silicone molds (shape of your choice, I like ice-cube size, similar ones on Amazon) 
  • Glass jar for storingIMG_3673

 To Make:

In a glass bowl, combine baking soda and essential oils drops (any flavor will do, I gravitate towards fresh scents or citrus blends with cleaning products). Once well combined, add in 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you have a “wet sand” consistently that holds together in a little ball if you form one. You can adjust the water but adding 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. 


Fill the silicone molds by patting the mixture in firmly and scrape away any excess. Let dry overnight, then gently pop out the tablets and store in an air tight container like a mason jar. 


To Use:

You can drop one table in your diaper pail or trash can between the can and the bag as well as drop a tablet IN the bag before use and as bag is halfway full for maximum odor-absorbing. Switch out the bottom tablet when you change the bag. 




DeAnna Lynn Englezos is a Brooklyn-based Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach. Her core mission is to share accessible information on health and happiness that actually works and healthy recipes that taste great. DeAnna is the proud owner of an adorable rescue pup named Harlow and posts pictures of her often.
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