How to Clean a Garbage Disposal
When I was a college student one of my summer jobs was working for the city rubbish removal, throwing trash barrels into the back of a rubbish truck. Back then I thought I’d never smell anything as heinous as what that job threw at me.
While that is mostly true, once in awhile my kitchen sink drain and disposal come close to that old rubbish smell. This article will discuss a few tip and tricks I’ve learn along the way on how to clean a smelly garbage disposal.
The simplest technique for cleaning a smelly disposal involves ice cubes. Here’s how I do it:
- Turn the cold water and the disposal.
- Empty a dozen or two ice cubes into the sink, and push the ice cubes down the drain into the disposal as quickly as it will take it. This will freeze all the stuck debris, causing it to chunk off the impeller blades and out of the holes in the plate/flywheel. Which is often the cause of the offensive odor.
- Let the water run for a full minute after the last cube is clear.
- If the garbage disposal still smells, slice a lemon in half and feed both halves down into the drain.
Lemon, and other citrus fruits all have rough peels which help to clean the impeller blades, and citrus oils do a fantastic job of naturally freshening things up.
What if the Ice Cube Method Fails?
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda down your disposal.
- Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the disposal.
- Allow the two ingredients to create foam and bubble
- Allow the baking soda and vinegar mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
- Pour boiling water from the tea kettle down the disposal as it is running to flush everything through.
- Finish with hot water for a few minutes
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.