Garbage Disposal Smells - Home Remedies With Natural Ingredients You Can Use
Have you ever gone over near your sink and though, "my garbage disposal smells." I know I have.
What happens is that your garbage disposal, which is meant to grind up food before flushing it down the drain, can get some food stuck to its blades and over time that old food begins to stink.
Fortunately, there are lots of ways to freshen up this useful kitchen appliance to keep it from developing unpleasant odors, and unlike many cleaning tasks it takes only a second of your time with ingredients which are most likely already readily available in your home right now.
Below I've collected several tips and home remedies for getting rid of these odors, including a couple of video tips.
Don't Forget To Clean The Ring Around The Drain Where It Get Gunky Even Underneath
Several readers actually shared similar tips with me about how to not miss a big source of the stink in your garbage disposer -- around the rubber ring around the drain of the sink.
Gunk tends to accumulate there, and while these methods are designed to get it off, sometimes manually just removing it works best.
You don't have to stick your hand down in the drain with the sharp blades though -- in fact, that's not recommended. Instead, use a cheap toilet brush you purchase just for this purpose. (Don't stick a nasty toilet brush you use in your toilet down your drain -- ewww!)
Here's what several readers had to say:
I pull the cover out (that soft plastic/rubber collar that keeps stuff from spitting up at you when the disposal runs) and run it through the dishwasher.
The first time I did that it almost made me sick. Ick!
Now I have a long handled scrub brush and I actually scrub the inside of the garbage disposal regularly.
Not sure where I got this tip, but I truly love it. A long time ago I purchased a toilet brush exclusively for the kitchen.
On Monday's when I detail the kitchen I use it to scrub inside the garbage disposal drain. Things get pretty disgusting in there and can smell if not cleaned regularly.
It's good to run a lemon rind or something like that through the actual disposal but the drain area needs to be cleaned as well.
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