How to Manage Garbage Disposal Odor

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What’s that Smell?

Is there a smell coming from your garbage disposal? Here are some tips for getting rid of that funky order and properly maintaining your garbage disposal.

1.) Keep it Clean Just because you can’t see anything doesn’t mean your garbage disposal is clean. If you’re dealing with an odor, turn on your disposal and run a heavy stream of hot water through it for about 30-40 seconds. This will help push leftover food particles through the pipes.

Try this cleaning technique and repeat every time you use your garbage disposal to keep it in good condition and prevent odors from returning.

2.) Home Remedies Many times, garbage disposal odor is easy to eliminate with common household items.

3.) Lemons Have a lemon (or a lime, or an orange) lying around? Cut it into small pieces and drop the pieces down the disposal while you’re running it. The citrus scent is often strong enough to wipe out unpleasant odors and your kitchen will smell citrus-fresh.

4.) Ice Cubes Ice cubes can help dislodge food particles in your disposal and sharpen the blades.

5.) Vinegar and Baking Soda While running cold water, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of distilled white vinegar, down the disposal. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer and bacteria killer, but use this method sparingly: vinegar is acidic and could damage the rubber components inside the disposal.

6.) Bleach If old food particles are still smelling up your disposal, you may have to use a stronger solution. Pour a small amount of mild bleach down the disposal while running cold water to help loosen rotting food and eliminate odor.

7.) Dish soap: A grease-cutting dish soap is a great tool for garbage disposal maintenance. Making sure the disposal is turned off, fill your sink with hot water and dish soap. Once it’s filled all the way up, remove the rubber stopper and turn on the disposal. Allow the water and dishsoap to drain while the disposal works the solution through the blades and pipes.

8.) Call in the pros If, after all of your efforts, your garbage disposal still gives off an offensive odor, it could mean that old food particles have hardened onto your pipes. If that’s the case, you’ll need to call in plumbing professionals.

Prevent garbage disposal odor

Obviously, the easiest way to deal with garbage disposal odor is to prevent it from happening in the first place. The first rule of thumb is to only put food items down the disposal that it can handle. Find out what items you should never put down your disposal. Large food items also are difficult for your garbage disposal to handle. To maintain your garbage disposal and keep it functioning efficiently, cut large pieces of food into smaller pieces. Place them in the disposal one at a time to avoid a clog or other damage. If you have a significant amount to cut, consider alternatives like composting or simply throwing food away in the trash.

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