Having a garbage disposal at home is sure a convenient thing. Nowadays, every household seeks to have one of it. As you using garbage disposal every day, it cannot be denied that sometimes you will smell the garbage disposal stinks.
To get rid of the unpleasant smell, you only need simple tools and materials that are easily found in your home. Here are several methods you can apply to remove the smell from your garbage disposal.
What you need is a scrub brush or dish wand, soap, kosher salt, vinegar, ice cubes, and lemon peels.
Step 1: Scrub the visible garbage disposal using a scrub brush or dish wand. Do not forget to dab a spoonful of dish soap into your cleaning brush. Scrub carefully between the area of seam and sink basin. Make sure to clean it because small particles usually stick there and sometimes it grows into a mold.
Step 2: When you smell that the garbage disposal started to spread odor, it is time to give the garbage disposal ‘a good bath’. By ‘bath’, it means that you have to soak to clean the smelly odor.
Plug the drain, fill the basin with water, just about halfway of the basin is enough, and add a bit of dish soap. You can also use vinegar.
The next step is to unplug the drain. Then you can activate the garbage disposal. Only then the liquid will flow through the housing and does its job in cleaning the hidden nooks and crannies.
Step 3: Slimy residues will likely to left inside the appliance. To clean, pour ice cubes into the garbage disposal, turn on the appliance, and add one-half cup of kosher salt. In here, kosher salts acts an abrasive cleaner. The combination of salt and ice could get away the residue left behind in the garbage disposal.
You can also grind lemon peels into your garbage disposal to give the kitchen a hint of fresh scent.
Try using your kitchen materials for cleaning the stinky garbage disposal. Materials such as baking soda can be used to clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Pour baking soda around a ¼ cup and 1 cup of vinegar down the drain. The combination will create foam and do not forget to switch on the machine and let the water run down the drain. This will do the trick to clean and remove the odor.
As stated in Method One above, ice and salt can also clean the smell. And, not only that, the combination cleans the smells and at the same time, it sharpens the blade of your garbage disposal.
Sometimes, people try to clean the smell using bleach liquid. Although it does sound like the easiest method, it actually will damage the drains and pipes. However, if you use mild bleach liquid and do not apply it repetitively, it is still okay.
Another thing to note is that you also have to clean the basin rack routinely. It is to avoid the smells that come from the residues left in the basin wall.
Removing garbage disposal stinks is quite easy as it does not take much time. However, preventing the causes of the odor is also best to bear in mind. Just make sure to dispose of only the organic materials. Keep fibrous vegetables away from the disposal and run the disposal machine five seconds longer than usual.