How to Deodorize a Stinky Garbage Disposal

How to Deodorize a Stinky Garbage Disposal

While garbage disposals have a self-clean system to ensure effective junk removal you may need to wash it out to remove any grime, and food particles, that may have built up. This build up will give off a bad odor so cleaning the garbage disposal regularly should be part of your routine.

  1. Clean your Garbage Disposal

    Giving your garbage disposal a good clean can help to reduce the smell. If it’s done regularly the smell is less likely to become prominent, as you will deal with the issue in its early stages. Start by giving it a good flush. Then plug up the sink and fill it with hot water. The hot water is important as cold water will not loosen the grime or kill the bacteria.

    You should then add some ice cubes, and a big handful of rock or normal table salt to remove any stubborn dirt. Continue to flush the water through the garbage disposal to give it a good rinse, and ensure that all the dirt is gone.
  2. Removing the Smell with Natural Methods

    The salt and ice method described above will remove the foods that are causing the smell, while the salt will disinfect your garbage disposal. However, this is not the only way to remove the smell.

    You could try to use citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, or even limes. You can add their peel into the hot water and then turn the disposal on. This common, and effective, technique will disinfect the blades and give your disposal a lovely citrus smell.

    Vinegar is another effect deodorizer. The high acidity will help to kill the mold, bacteria and germs present in the garbage disposal. You could pair the vinegar with ice cubes or baking soda; the chemical reaction will help to loosen the stubborn bits of dirt.

    These are just a few of the ways by which you can deodorize a stinky garbage disposal. The techniques use ingredients that are found in the home on a regular basis, making them quick and easy to implement.