Things smell, and whether or not those things smell good or not is up to you. A garbage disposal is a small piece of machinery that allows you to break up food and allows it to pass from your sink and into your plumbing. Garbage disposals can rid your house and your trash can of odiferous or decaying food. However, you may find that the garbage disposal itself sometimes emits an odour. This is caused by food particles that have not been flushed out of your pipes. Here are few tips on how to de-stink your garbage disposal:
LEMON VINEGAR ICE CUBES
The cubes only take a few minutes to make. Cut up some lemons and place a piece in each section of an ice cube tray. Fill them up with vinegar (no water) and freeze. Then, whenever you need to clean your garbage disposal, toss a few in and turn it on. The cubes will help clean out the muck-filled disposal as well as mask any odours making their way out of the sink.
CLEAN RUBBER FLAPS
Top the garbage disposal and clean the rubber flaps with a small nylon brush. Make sure to thoroughly clean the bottoms of the flaps. They can easily build up food debris since they don’t make direct contact with the water. Remove any parts of the garbage disposal that lift out and clean them with a toothbrush or scrub brush and soapy water. If it doesn’t have removable parts, lift the rubber flaps to clean the area between the flap and the blades.
Sprinkle some baking soda down your disposal. Pour vinegar (approximately one cup) down the disposal, and allow the two ingredients to foam and bubble. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, run hot (or even boiling) water down the disposal as it is running to flush everything through.
Place a handful of ice cubes into your garbage disposal, turn on the water, and allow it to run for a minute or two. This can help to “de-gunk” the blades and remove odour-causing food particles. You can also try adding some rock salt in with your ice cubes for extra cleaning power.