Split image showing a tub of baking soda and a selection of essential oils (Rosemary, Citronella, Lemongrass & Eucalyptus).

Natural Bin Freshener

As much as I love sunshine and warmer weather, the one thing I struggle with is flies and smelly bins! Which is why I came up with this natural bin freshener. Sadly, where I live in West Sussex, we don’t have food waste bins. (We had got used to them where we lived in Surrey for many years).

You can order granules online which help deter flies and keep your bin fresh. However, I looked at the ingredients and I was so shocked!

Causes skin irritation, serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life.

Diethylene Triamine:
A corrosive chemical that can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes on contact. Breathing diethylene triamine can irritate the nose and throat, causing coughing and wheezing.

Can cause skin irritation.

To think we are keeping this in our homes, in our kitchens and using it around us and our families. I have no idea how a product like this is acceptable to sell!

So, I took it upon myself to try make my own natural bin freshener, which is actually quite simple to make. It’s so much more cost effective and most importantly, it’s non-toxic.

For this I have chosen specific essential oils that help to deter flies, but you can experiment with other oils. I have listed below, some other blends which may make a nice mix. I have made a couple of scents now and they have all worked out great. Let’s get to the recipe…


  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus
  • 4 drops of citronella
  • 5 drops of lemongrass


Simply add the oils to the baking soda. Mix well then store in a jar with a lid. Shake before using.
I add 1 teaspoon to my bin when changing it. I then tend to add one more before I seal it and add to my external bin.

This is a great natural alternative to keep your bins smelling fresher.

  • Another blend I have used and liked is:
  • 12 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops citronella

Simply add to the baking soda as in the recipe.

You can pick up baking soda in any local store. The oils shown in this recipe can be purchsed online from the Nikura website.*

As always, we’d love to hear if you’ve tried our natural bin freshener recipe. It’s great to know that you’re with us on our journey to make a more positive impact for our earth.

Amy and Mark

*(Note that these are not the oils that we use in our Nude Goose products).

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