How to Fix a Stinky Garbage Disposal

You just got done washing your dishes, putting them in the dish washing machine. You cleaned your counters off. Maybe you swept the floor. Suddenly… you smell something not so appetizing. Its the dreaded garbage disposal! While this device is amazingly useful, it can also get a little smelly sometimes, especially when you put things down your disposal that are stinky or smelly, to begin with. Thankfully, you can fix a stinky garbage disposal on your own and you don’t need a plumber to do it for you. Below, you will find some natural ingredient recipes that will help get rid of the smells in your garbage disposal.

Recipe #1 To Fix A Stinky Garbage Disposal

This one is pretty simple. It uses lemon juice and baking soda. Baking soda, as you probably know, can be used for all sorts of situations when you have a stinky smell you just can’t get rid of. For example, your fridge. If you have smells that permeate in your fridge, from leftovers to garlic, to herbs and you want to keep the smells away, baking soda is a great place to start. So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that its also an ingredient used to fix a stinky garbage disposal. Add in the fresh scent of lemon and you have a perfect recipe for your garbage disposal. All it takes is a ¼ cup of lemon juice and ¼ cup if baking soda. Mix these together to make a pasty liquid. Then, simply pour the mixture down your disposal and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, turn your faucet on cold and let it run for a minute or two. If you are super desperate and you don’t have baking soda, you can also just use lemon. You can either squeeze the juice out OR you can slice up the lemons in manageable thin pieces and drop them down the sink and turn the disposal on.

Recipe #2 To Fix A Stinky Garbage Disposal

This is another one that only uses natural ingredients. Chemicals can ruin the pipe in the drain over time, plus it can be bad for our environment. This one uses ½ cup of baking soda and a ½ cup of white vinegar. First, you want to sprinkle the baking soda down and in the drain. Next, take your vinegar and pour that onto the baking soda. This will create a reaction between the two – you’ll start to hear a lot of fizzing, but don’t worry, this is supposed to happen. Let it react for about 5 minutes and then run hot water down the drain for about 1-2 minutes long, this should help fix a stinky garbage disposal. If you are still having an issue with the smell, rinse and repeat!

Recipe #3 To Fix A Stinky Garbage Disposal

Another good one is an ice cube concoction which uses white vinegar and lemon juice, as well as lemon peels on an ice cube tray to fix a stinky garbage disposal. This is an easy, quick and inexpensive way to keep your garbage disposal running properly and smelling great! The ice cubes help to sharpen the blades and also helps to reach all of those hard to reach areas that water simply cannot. The vinegar is a sort of antibacterial option, it helps to kill odor causing bacteria and the acid inside the vinegar also will help to remove any clogs you have going on inside the pipes. The rough peels of the lemon also clean the blades and the oil and juice make everything smell great! Simply grab yourself an ice cube tray and create a mixture of half lemon juice and half vinegar. Then, take a few slices of the lemon rind and place that in the mixture too. Freeze the ice cube tray and once frozen, remove from the tray and place in a ziplock bag in the freezer. Every few days you can then take 3-5 ice cubes and run cold water into the disposal until they get crushed up. That’s it!

While these are all good options to fix a stinky garbage disposal you should also use preventive measures as well. Make sure you don’t allow any really hard fruits or veggies to go down the drain, including peels and cores. Also, don’t take corn cobs and put them down the drain either, not only can this ruin the blades but it has the chance to clog the sink up as well. If you have a lot of fruits and veggies you eat, it might be a good idea to look into a composting bin for peels, skins, leftover fruit and vegetables, etc. A composting bin is a really good option for people with a garden, so that’s definitely another benefit to consider. Composting bins can help create fertilizer for your plants, trees, flowers and more and you can include; kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves, plant trimmings, grass clippings, straw and more.

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