A bad garbage disposal smell can really ruin your day. Nothing is worse than coming in your kitchen to cook and having to hunt down the source of that nasty smell. With a sinking feeling, you finally realize it’s your garbage disposal that smells.
There are several simple ways to get rid of garbage disposal smell without having to run to the store and buy a high priced cleaning agent to fix the problem.
First Use Eggshells
The egg shell is a great way to prevent garbage disposal smell, and it costs you nothing as you have already paid the price to eat the egg. While running water, put the shell down the disposal. When it’s fully down, turn on the disposal. The hard bits of shell will work to dislodge any particles stuck in your disposal. Run the water for at least 1 minute to be sure the shell bits go down, taking with them any particles which remain and could cause a stink. If you don’t have eggshells, ice cubes are a substitute.
Then Use Vinegar
Plain white vinegar is something most of us already have in our house. Pour one cup of vinegar down your garbage disposal, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn on cool water first, and then the disposal. Continue for about 1 minute and when the vinegar smell goes away, it takes the garbage disposal smell with it.
Or Use Borax
Boric acid used to be very popular for household cleaning and it’s a shame people seem to be forgetting it. You can commonly find Borax under the name 20 Mule Team Borax on your grocer’s laundry detergent aisle. Borax is an excellent remedy for getting rid of garbage disposal smell. Pour ¼ a cup down the disposal, and let it sit 30 minutes. Then run cool water with your disposal on for 1 minute, and the smell should vanish.
Or Use Citrus and Baking Soda Combination
Each time you use a lemon, lime, or orange, don’t just throw away the peel. Cut the peel into small pieces, mix with ¼ a cup of baking soda and slowly pour this down your disposal while cool water is running and the disposal is on. Now you have gotten rid of that nasty garbage disposal smell and replaced it with nice fruity scent! No need to buy expensive sprays to get that fresh feeling.
These simple methods to get rid of garbage disposal smell cost virtually nothing as you probably already have them in your household. To prevent smell in the future, always put your egg shell down the disposal. There is no reason to waste the shells when simply grinding them in your disposal can help dislodge food waste. Always put your citrus peels in the disposal to maintain a fresh scent. Any time you even think a garbage disposal smell might be developing, use vinegar or borax to get it handled.
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