Having a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink is a fantastic convenience. It will pulverize food waste as you’re cleaning dishes and help keep your kitchen pipes from getting clogged. Unfortunately, over time, food particles may become trapped in the nooks and crannies of the disposal. Old food in dark, wet environments provides the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Eventually your garbage disposal will start to emit some very unpleasant odors. There’s no need to panic if things start to stink though. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re experts in garbage disposals and wanted to offer you six tips to help you destroy garbage disposal odor:
Take a few lemons, cut them into small sections and then toss them down the disposal while it’s grinding. The citrus scent gets rid of most strong stenches. This is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to neutralize garbage disposal odor. Lime and orange peels work too!
2. Ice Cubes
Ice cubes can also be used to remove any strong odors that are coming from the garbage disposal. Simply run the disposal and drop a few ice cubes down the drain. It’s a surprisingly effective way to neutralize odors. As an added bonus, ice will sharpen the grinding blades.
3. Baking Soda and Vinegar
This classic cleaning combo comes to the rescue again. Pour one half cup of baking soda down the kitchen drain. Then, carefully pour one cup of white vinegar on top of the baking soda, and place the stopper in the drain to close it off. Expect the mixture to fizz and make a bit of noise. While the baking soda and vinegar is doing its thing, bring a pot of water to boil. Once the water has reached a steady boil, carefully pour it down the drain. This method will not only destroy garbage disposal odors, but it will also help dislodge any trapped food particles.
4. Bleach and Water
Using a clean bucket, mix a gallon of water with one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach. Carefully and slowly, pour the solution down the drain and allow it to sit for several minutes. The bleach will kill odor-causing germs, mold, and bacteria. However, the bleach will also harden any grease in your drains. So be sure to flush your drain thoroughly with hot water from the kitchen faucet for several minutes afterward. This will help loosen and dislodge any grease.
5. Store Bought Products
There are many commercial garbage disposal cleaners on the market. You can probably find a few options in your local hardware store. These can be effective, but be sure to check your owner’s manual before using any commercial product to be sure it’s compatible.
6. Elbow Grease
All of these previous methods involve a minimal amount of effort, but sometimes you may need to get in there with a wire brush and really scrub with bleach or baking soda and vinegar to get rid of food particles and stubborn garbage disposal odors. Be sure to clean the top of the garbage disposal lid with soap and water as well.
WARNING: You must be sure to unplug and disconnect the unit before attempting to put your hand or a tool down the garbage disposal. You may even want to take the extra precaution of shutting off power to your kitchen for a few minutes while you scrub.
Bonus Tip! Know What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal
Sometimes the best way to stop garbage disposal odor is to prevent it from even starting—and that means knowing what not to put down your disposal. Never throw cooked rice or potato peels down the drain. They can form a glue-like substance that can clog your pipes over time and encourage bad odors. Keep celery and asparagus away from the disposal as well. The stringy fibers of these vegetables can get wrapped around the blades and prevent them from working properly.
Garbage disposal units make great kitchen tools. They fit neatly in the sink and offer the perfect method for disposing of food waste quickly and cleanly. Use the tips above and you’ll be able to prevent garbage disposal odor and keep your kitchen smelling fresh.
Reno’s Appliance has a full line of garbage disposals from top brands like GE, Insinkerator, and Waste King. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, New Jersey to find the perfect garbage disposal unit for your home.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.