Your kitchen may look sparkling clean and beautiful but if there’s a foul odor permeating the room then all your cleaning and beautifying efforts are wasted. Spraying the kitchen with air freshener will not get rid of the smell if it is coming from one of your appliances. That rotten odor in the kitchen often comes from one of two places – the garbage disposal or the dishwasher
Let’s take a look at how to get rid of those unpleasant odors coming from the most common culprit, your garbage disposal.
The bad odor in your garbage disposal is usually caused by tiny, rotting food particles that get stuck or cling to the garbage disposal cylinder, cutting blades and sometimes the splash guard. These food particles cause the growth of bacteria that produce the foul odor. The key to eliminating garbage disposal smell is to keep the disposal clean at all times.
A weekly or even twice a month cleaning of the garbage disposal will effectively get rid of the smell. Here are a few of the most common cleaning methods to try.
- Clean the garbage disposal with a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar. Pour the substances one at a time into the disposal, baking soda first, followed by the white vinegar. Plug the sink with its stopper and leave it there for about 15 minutes. After the set time, uncap the sink, pour a kettle of boiling water onto the sink and turn on the disposal. This process will wash out the rotten food particles clinging to the cutting blades and the interior cylinder.
- Clean the splash guard. Over time, slime and grime can form a coating on the splash guard’s underside. A regular cleaning of the splash guard by wiping it with a sponge soaked in water and bleach mixture or kitchen cleaner and deodorizer might just be the solution to your smelly garbage disposal.
- Use citrus peel and mint freshener to deodorize. After cleaning the garbage disposal, the best way to deodorize the machine and get a fresh lemon scent through the whole kitchen, is to grind some lime, lemon or orange peel in it. If you are not partial to the citrus scent then try mint. Dribble several droplets of mint extract in the garbage disposal then let it stand for several hours before washing it off. You not only got rid of the garbage disposal smell in your kitchen, you also now have a clean and fresh smelling kitchen.
If you go through the cleaning processes described above and still have an odor, then it’s time to call a professional plumber as you may have more serious issues in your drain lines.