Natural Cleaning Recipe For that Smelly Garbage Disposal

May 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm 2 comments

Odors accumulate in disposals around the blades, underneath the rubber rims, and in the sink trap in the pipe. Grease is notorious for causing disposal problems and odors. Here’s how to help you degrease it and make it smell fresh at the same time.

Citrus peels (any kind will do) and some ice cubes.

Drop three or more ice cubes and a couple of fresh citrus peels down your disposal and grind them. Very noisy, but what a great smell! The ice cubes help to cool any grease and grind it out. The citrus peels add a refreshing scent and have a natural acid cleaning power.

How to Prevent a Smelly or Clogged Garbage Disposal:
Rule #1:
 Don’t pour grease down the disposal! Hot, un-rinsed grease will stick to every little crevice in your disposal. But if you do, rinse as soon as possible with hot, hot water. The hot water helps the grease to rinse down the drain. To pressure-clean your disposal, some manufacturers suggest you fill the sink with water and then turn on the disposal to flush.

Rule #2: Don’t stuff potato peels, gobs of rice, or tons of sticky pasta down your disposal, expecting it to turn into liquid. It won’t! Silly mistakes like this keep plumbers fat and happy on your dough.

Rule #3: Compost your food scraps instead of throwing them down the drain or into the garbage ( if you have bins outside where to put your food scraps). Add some worms and you have an automatic composting machine. The worms actually eat the garbage and turn it into great garden soil. Many adults are repelled by worms, but it’s an aversion we think is worth getting over. Most kids love them!

Happy, Healthy Cleaning!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wayne  |  December 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Great tips. Actually after reading about chloride not being the best in these cases, I’m taking notes of all the natural, safest way to clean. thanks.

  • 2. Derek  |  October 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I’ve also heard that putting baking soda and vinegar down the drain will help alleviate smells from your disposal. I’m guessing because its acidic. Any thoughts? Great info though.


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