Your garbage disposal is a highly valued kitchen appliance for most homeowners. However, its frequent use often results in a stinky smell from time to time. Let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than a foul odor luring in the place that you cook and eat your food. While most garbage disposal odors are eliminated with DIY tricks and home remedies, it may be necessary to call a professional plumber if the odor keeps coming back or cannot be remedied with a thorough cleaning.
In most cases, there is residual food debris that is causing the problem. Try one or more of the following simple and inexpensive home remedies for getting rid of a stinky garbage disposal smell.
- Ice Cubes and Salt – your best deep cleaning method that will also sharpen your blades.
- Lemon peels – replace a bad scent with freshly grated lemons or oranges.
- Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar is often used as an effective household cleaner and odor eliminator.
There are also store-bought products designed to treat odors in your disposal. However, before you spend a lot of time or money treating frequent disposal smells, make sure your unit is working properly in the first place and that you are using it correctly. There are certain food items that should never go down your garbage disposal. Dull blades can also mean that your food is not properly grinded, which makes your risk for stinky residual smells much greater. Metro Septic and Plumbing can examine your garbage disposal and ensure that it is in top working order. We want to make sure our customers have a plumbing system that is working for them, not against them.