How To Clean A Smelly Garbage Disposal

By Robert Robillard on Kitchens

What if the Ice Cube Method Fails?

In my quest in learning how to clean a smelly garbage disposal, I’ve also come across stubborn drain smells that ice cubes might help, but don’t entirely eliminate. It is in these desperate times that I resort to my chemistry class lessons learned and mix up a solution of baking soda and vinegar. By the way, I transferred out of chemistry!
 How To Clean A Smelly Garbage Disposal
The baking soda and vinegar method is an effective cleaner, deodorizer, and is simple and safe to attempt. It is also safe for septic systems, here’s how I do it:
  1. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda down your disposal.
  2. Pour  1 cup of vinegar down the disposal.
  3. Allow the two ingredients to create foam and bubble
  4. Allow the baking soda and vinegar mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour boiling water from the tea kettle down the disposal as it is running to flush everything through.
  6. Finish with hot water for a few minutes

How To Clean A Smelly Garbage Disposal

The Secret of Boiling Water and Baking Soda

Baking soda and boiling water work well together to  break up and remove smelly sludge that’s clinging to the disposal impellers and in the drain itself.

How To Clean A Smelly Garbage Disposal

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Robert Robillard

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