Sometimes you may in trouble with your kitchen because it smells horrible like a rotten egg, dead animals, sewage, or dumpster, etc. Everything in your kitchen is tip-top and recently you have cleaned your kitchen and the appliances. You may be in a fix about the source of that smell. I think it’s time to have a close look of your garbage disposal.
The garbage disposal is an electrically powered device, attached to two grinding blades inside a basket. It is used to grind the food waste into tiny pieces and to pass them through the plumbing. But if those food scraps do not flush out properly, it will become rotten junk and spread odor throughout the kitchen. Only cleaning is not the solution to it. You must clean your garbage disposal in the proper way, with proper materials to remove and prevent the odor.
Spend some times to remove and prevent the bad smells from your disposal on a regular basis. Do not forget to unplug the power supply of your garbage disposal before starting to clean. You must wear safety gloves to protect your hands from blades if you need to use your hand inside the disposal.
Regular cleaning to prevent and remove odor
Flush with Hot Water: Each and every time after using the disposal, run it again with hot water for about 40 seconds. Primarily it will help to flush out the loose grime and odor.
Using Dishwashing detergent: Place a stopper in the sink and pour hot water into it. Add a grease-cutting dishwashing detergent and remove the stopper. Turn on the disposal and let them spread out around the blades and pipes.
Using a scrub brush: The food debris may build up at the bottom of the rubber flaps. Make sure that the garbage disposal is turned off and clean the bottom of the rubber flaps with a scrub brush or an old toothbrush. All the removable parts need to be cleaned properly. So, remove them and clean them with a brush and soapy water. If it is not removable, then lift the rubber flaps and clean the area.
Using Ice cubes: Turn on the disposal and run with some ice cubes. Let them grind properly and wait until the ice is gone. It will sharpen the blades of the disposal and remove odor.
Using Lemon or lime: Cut a lemon into two halves. Turn on the disposal and run with some water, add half of a lemon or lime in it and let the disposal running for few minutes. It will help to remove the odor as well as spread a good smell in the air.
Using the peels of citrus fruit: The peels of Citrus fruits such as – orange, lemon, lime, grape, etc. are the best medicine to freshen up the Garbage disposal. Just use a handful of citrus peels and grind up them, it will help to clean the blades as well as remove odors.
Cleaning to deodorize
Using Baking soda and vinegar: Take a half cup of baking soda and sprinkle it down into the disposal. Add one cup of white vinegar. Don’t be a wonder if it fizzes and makes noise. Let them work for a few minutes. Now pour a kettle of hot water to flush them out. It is no doubt an odor-busting combo. The vinegar is acidic, so use it sparingly; otherwise, it may harm the rubber parts of the disposal.
Using Vinegar ice cubes: Take some white vinegar and mix it with some water. Now freeze them in an ice tray. Now run cold water into the disposal and put down the ice cube also. It will sharpen the blades and deodorize your disposal as well.
Using Ice cubes with lemon: Take a lemon and cut it into cubic pieces. Use a muffin cup and freeze the lemon cubes with water. Make one ice cube with one lemon cube. Now let this lemon cubes to grind with some water into the disposal. It will sharpen the blades, remove odor, and spread fresh smell throughout the kitchen as well.
Using bleach: Using bleach is not a good idea, but still, if you want to use then take a gallon of water and dilute a tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach in it. Pour you garbage disposal with this dilution and let it work only for one or two minutes. Then flush it out with running hot water for several minutes. Be cautious while using bleach because it can damage your drain pipes.
Using borax: 3 or 4 tablespoons of Borax will also work effectively to minimize the odors. Leave it into the disposal for an hour and then flush it out with hot water.
After using all the process, still, you may need a deep clean if the waste food scraps have hardened on the pipes. In such case, you need to work a little harder and purchase some materials from plumbing supply store.
You need to have a test cap which is 1 ¼ inches (3.2cm) in diameter.
To warm up the water temperature, run hot water for 15 to 30 seconds in the sink. Now disconnect the pipe with a wrench which connects the garbage disposal under your sink.
Place a rubber test cap to the bottom of the pipe leading from the disposal to stop the water going through the pipe. Pour warm water into the disposal. Stop running water when the water level reaches the top of the drain. Now add ½ cup oxygen bleach powder to the drain and wait for 1 hour.
Now set a bucket beneath the pipe, remove the cap and let the solution get out properly into the bucket. Reconnect the pipes.
Hopefully, you have succeeded to remove the odor. If you regularly clean your disposal with these ways, it will prevent to create a bad smell. You can also sprinkle down some baking soda to absorb odor periodically.