When you think about the yucky stuff we “feed” our garbage disposals, it’s pretty amazing that they don’t always reek to high heaven. Thankfully, there are easy and quick ways to rid those odors, and here are some of the best remedies!
Freshen up your garbage disposal by tossing in some citrus peels from lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruits. Take it one step further by cutting the fruit in two and toss both halves in without eating it! Turn on the cold tap water and start the disposal. After it sounds like the disposal has finished chewing the fruit, allow it and the water to continue running for another 30 seconds. Make this a monthly routine to avoid future problems and lingering odors.
Pour a half-cup of baking soda down the disposal, followed by one cup of white vinegar. This mixture will create a lot of foaming action that can break up decaying bits of food that may be stuck to the disposal blades and walls. Wait about 15 minutes after the foaming stops, then run water and the disposal for another 30 seconds to rinse everything down.
For some extra crunch and to sharpen the disposal blades, freeze white vinegar in an ice tray. (Be sure to label it to avoid ruining someone’s iced tea!) Toss the vinegar ice cubes into the disposal and grind them briefly.
Pour two cups of ice into the disposal and add a cup of rock salt to the mix. Then run cold water and the garbage disposal for about 10 seconds. This mixture will help dislodge any odor-causing debris from the disposal blades and send it down the drain.
Garbage disposals develop bad breath because of what we feed them. The least we can do is help them clean up their act!