DIY Solutions for a Stinky Garbage Disposal
We’ve all been there. No matter how many times you run the garbage disposal, you can’t get rid of that foul lingering odor. Just like other appliance and plumbing systems in your home, your garbage disposal may need a good cleaning from time to time. Considering all the food and liquids that get shoved down your disposal on a daily basis, it is understandable that grime and stinky residue can accumulate on the blades and rubber flaps and eventually emit a bad odor that is hard to dismiss. This is when you need to take action to clean your garbage disposal. While there are special cleaning tablets and powders that can be purchased from your local grocery store, here are some ways to clean your garage disposal using products you may already have on hand.
Three Ways to Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal
Ice and Salt
This is the simplest remedy, so try it first. A cup of ice cubes and half cup of kosher salt poured down your (turned on) disposal can work together to effectively scrub the blades. This may be all you need for a fresher kitchen aroma.
Grab some lemons or oranges and send the peels down your garbage disposal. This not only scrubs the blades, but it produces a fresh citrus scent. Many homeowners choose to do this on a periodic basis to keep their garbage disposal odors in check.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you’ve got a stubborn odor, try mixing a half cup of baking soda with a small pour of vinegar. Let the mixture sit for several minutes before rinsing with warm or hot water. These two natural cleaning products can combine for a highly effective deodorizing effect for your garbage disposal.
When DIY Methods Fail
If you have tried the above home remedies and still have to cover your nose in the kitchen, it is time to call a professional. Your garbage disposal may need repair, or you may have lingering food morsels that are stuck too far down to reach. Lastly, foul odors coming from your plumbing system could mean septic or sewer problems that need to be addressed right away. If you have a stinky garbage disposal that you can’t fix, call Metro Septic and Plumbing today!
Posted on behalf of Metro Septic and Plumbing
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