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How can I get rid of the smell from my garbage disposal?

January, 3rd, 2012

Your kitchen may look sparkling clean and beautiful but if there’s a foul odor permeating the room then all you’re cleaning and beautifying effort is wasted. The rotten odor in the kitchen often comes from the garbage disposal being smelly. It is unfortunate that garbage disposals, our very handy kitchen helper, are usually ignored, until they clogs or smells. Even if the garbage disposal is working perfectly, a not so pleasant stench can still come from it. This is because some rotting teeny food particles can still get stuck or cling to the garbage disposal cylinder, cutting blades and sometimes the splash guard that cause the growth of bacteria that produces the foul odor.

Cleaning the Disposal
The key to eliminating garbage disposal smell is to keep the disposal clean at all times. Spraying the kitchen with air – freshener or deodorizing the garbage disposal will not get rid of the smell. The blend of the nasty garbage disposal smell and the deodorizer could even be worse.

A weekly or even twice a month cleaning of the garbage disposal will effectively get rid of the garbage disposal smell. One way to clean the garbage disposal is with a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar. Pour the substances one at a time, baking soda first, followed by the white vinegar, plug the sink with its stopper and leave it there for about 15 minute. After the set time, uncap the sink, pour a kettle of boiling water onto the sink and turn on the machine. This process will wash out the rotten food particles clinging to the cutting blades and the interior cylinder.

Cleaning the splash guard
Another source of the odorous garbage disposal smell could be the slime and grime coating 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.

Citrus peel and mint freshener
After cleaning the garbage disposal, the best way to deodorize to the machine and get a fresh and lemony scent to 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, 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.