How To Fix A Stinky Garbage Disposal

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Having a stinky garbage disposal can make your kitchen seem nasty and unsanitary. The problem is usually caused by ground up food that gets stuck in the many nooks and crannies in the garbage disposal.

Food can also get stuck on the underside of the rubber baffle on the garbage disposal. The grinding action throws food on the rubber baffle, and running water isn't able to wash off food around this area. Once these stuck food particles begin to rot, unpleasant odors follow. Read on to learn simple ways to remove odors from your garbage disposal.

Lemons and ice

One common remedy for a smelly disposal is to use lemon and ice. Slice a few lemons into quarters and put them inside the disposal along with a couple of handfuls of ice. Run the disposal to grind up the lemon and ice and later run warm water down the disposal. This helps dislodge food particles and odors, helping keep your disposal lemony fresh.

Repeat this process every few weeks to prevent odor buildup. You should also make it a practice to run plenty of water down the disposal after waste food is ground so as to flush down stuck food particles that are essentially responsible for causing odors.

Baking soda and vinegar

Another equally effective home remedy for garbage disposal odors is a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Add a cup of vinegar and a few spoons of baking soda into the disposal and allow the mixture to sit in there for a few minutes. These two ingredients will usually foam up, producing an odor killing solution that can reduce your odor problems significantly.

Soap and water

Scrubbing your garbage disposal with soap and water can also help fight off odors. To do this effectively, you will need a long handled brush, an old toothbrush, and a solution of warm water and dish detergent. First, use the long handled brush to reach deep inside the disposal and scrub the sides, grinding cutters, and bottom plate. Be sure to pour some soap solution in there as you scrub to remove any oil and odors.

Next, use an old toothbrush to clean the rubber baffle inside the disposal. In most cases, the baffle is fixed and can't be removed, so flip it with the small brush so you can access the underside and scrub it clean. Finally, run plenty of water down the disposal to rinse off all the soap and food debris. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Lewis Plumbing.

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