One of the top 10 worst smells in a house has to be the garbage disposal. While it’s not hard to clean it, you may be surprised to know that a lot of people are doing to wrong – like “call a plumber” wrong. Knowing how to clean your garbage disposal the right way could prevent having to buy a new one.
Never put these in a garbage disposal !
- Greasy foods. Any food that has a lot of grease in it will cover the garbage disposal blades in a coating that will make them dull – not to mention the smell.
- Egg shells. It’s a myth that you need to put those in your garbage disposal to sharpen the blades. What they will actually do is grind up and eventually clog things up.
- Potato or banana peels. You’re looking for trouble when you put these peels down the disposal. It cannot “grind” them up into small enough particles to dispose of them correctly. Same thing goes for…
- Lettuce and celery and other tough vegetables that when shredded, have the ability to wrap themselves around the disposal blades.
- Rice. This may seem odd, but experts say your garbage disposal can’t do its job properly because rice turns into gummy clumps.
How to Clean a Smelly Garbage Disposal
Save the rinds of some lemons, or you can use whole lemons. Whichever you use, make sure you cut them into small pieces – nothing too large.
Fill ice trays with white vinegar, add lemon chunks, and freeze.
Run water into the disposal and dump several trays worth of your frozen “garbage disposal cleaner cubes” and turn it on.
The frozen cubes freeze all the gunk stuck to the blades. The white vinegar and lemon help to neutralize the smell. It’s non-toxic, safe, and should be done at least every week or so.