Clean and Deodorize Your Disposal

Garbage disposals are fantastic kitchen tools that are usually utilized often. They allow us to keep from stinking up our garbage can with those left over scraps from our plates. However; have you ever turned on the disposal only to be greeted with that ever so lovely smell of rotten food? This is because even though we use and abuse our disposals we usually don’t give them much TLC when it comes to cleaning. There are a few different ways to go about cleaning your garbage disposal. You can always purchase products from the store that are made for this purpose but we here at Maid Advantage will show you some ways to do the job with ingredients you probably have lying around the house. This will be much cheaper, and we actually think it works better than the chemicals.

1. Remove large debris:

Before deep cleaning your disposal you should be sure to remove any large debris that has fallen inside, like silverware or bones. BEFORE STICKING ANYTHING DOWN YOUR DISPOSAL BE SURE TO TURN THE FUSE OFF!! This is the most important step. Also use tongs or another object to pull out debris do NOT stick your hand down the disposal, just to be safe.

2. Clean the outer parts:

If your disposal has those rubber flaps you want to make sure to clean those before cleaning the inside. Food can build up on the bottoms and create that funky smell we are trying to get rid of. The best way we have found to clean this is to use a bottle brush or an old toothbrush and some dish soap. Again, be sure your fuse is still turned off for this step as you will be sticking the brush into the drain. Make sure you are getting underneath the flaps well with the brush. Once this is finished you can turn the fuse back on for the next steps.

3. Knock any debris off of blades and surroundings:

The best way to clear your disposal blades of debris build up is using ice cubes and rock salt. If you do not have rock salt even simple table salt will work. Just take about 1-2 cups of ice and pour it into the disposal. Next add 1/2-1 cup of the salt over the ice. Run cold water and turn on the disposal, leave it running for a few seconds after the grinding sound stops. The ice and salt should knock off most of the buildup on your blades that easily. For an extra punch you can freeze vinegar to use instead of plain ice for some extra disinfecting power. Just be sure not to mix those up with your other ice cubes or your next drink may taste a little off. Running ice down the disposal also helps to sharpen the blades.

4. Flush the drain

Now that you have knocked loose all that debris and build up its time to get it fully out of the drain. The best way to do this is with baking soda and vinegar. Pour around a half a cup of baking soda down the drain and then about a cup of vinegar. Next just let the solution work its magic for 5-10 minutes. After you have let the solution sit flush the drain with your disposal running with hot water.

5. Deodorize

If you followed all the previous steps your disposal should be clean and disinfected. If you want to add some extra fresh scent you can toss some citrus peels through the disposal with cold water running. You can also do this with the full fruit instead of just the peel, just be sure to cut it up some first. The acid in the fruits will give the drain one last round of disinfectant as well.


Now that you know how to clean your drain out using supplies around the house it’s also important to know how to keep it fresh:

Run your disposal with cold water up to 10 seconds after that grinding sound stops! A lot of the build up is caused by not letting the disposal run long enough to completely break down the food.

Avoid foods like pasta and breads. These can expand and be harder for the disposal to break down entirely.

Lastly, give your disposal some regular love! Keeping it clean is the best way to keep from causing buildup and odors.


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