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How to Get Rid of Garbage Disposal Smells

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We’ve all experienced it — that smell emanating from the garbage disposal. Sometimes it sneaks up over a few days, and other times it hits us like a ton of bricks when we get home from a week-long vacation. Either way, you need to know how to get rid of that garbage disposal smell. When you’re dealing with a stinky sink and disposal, try one of these five methods for getting rid of the stench.

  1. Ice

Ice is good for two things. First, it helps to clean that nasty smell. And second, it sharpens your garbage disposal's blades. Try this one first, as you probably have plenty of ice to use. Fill your disposal with cubes and then let it rip until all the ice — and hopefully the smell, too — is gone.

  1. Citrus

An old standby of garbage disposal cleaning is citrus fruit. Lemons are a popular choice. Simply cut a lemon, lime or orange into small pieces and pitch them into a running garbage disposal. The fruit itself helps to wash away the bad scent, and the resulting citrus juice helps to replace it with a much more pleasant smell.

  1. Vinegar and Baking Soda

Here’s another concoction you can try using household items. First, turn on your garbage disposal. Then pour a cup of dry baking soda down the hatch. Finally, flush the baking soda with a cup of distilled white vinegar. This should go a long way toward cleaning your disposal of any foul smells.

  1. Bleach

You can use bleach if it’s a mild product and the water is running. Trying pouring just a little bit of bleach down the disposal as cold water runs, and you’ll find it erases the scent. The bleach also goes to work on dislodging any food particles that may be stuck in your pipes.

  1. Specialty Products

If you don’t like any of the home remedies above, you can often find specialty garbage disposal cleaning products at the grocery store. These products are designed for garbage disposals, and they all incorporate different ingredients to attack smells and get your disposal back into fighting shape again.

Some scents are tougher than others, and sometimes you can get stumped by a particularly nasty smell. If you need professional help in cleaning out your disposal and ridding it of odors, call on the pros at Mr. Rooter or Oneida. We know garbage disposals inside and out and can quickly identify the issues you're experiencing — then deliver the solution.

Contact us today for maintenance or support for your garbage disposal.