Tips to Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odor

Around the holidays, your garbage disposal probably gets a lot more use than any other time of year. You might be baking Christmas cookies or hosting neighborhood holiday parties. You may be keeping visiting relatives at your home and making treats for the office. Odds are that you will be tossing a lot of food scraps down the garbage disposal. After a while, the garbage disposal can get a little stinky. Here are some tips to help you eliminate garbage disposal odor.

1. The first step in eliminating garbage disposal odor is prevention. The garbage disposal begins to stink when food sits in the pipes. You can prevent this by flushing hot water down the sink after every use of the garbage disposal. Just run hot water in the sink and let it keep running for about 30 – 40 seconds. This will push any food remnants through the pipes so that they don’t hang around and start to stink. Also, be sure to actually run the garbage disposal every time you put food in it. If you throw food down the disposal but don’t turn it on, it will get really smelly. Run the disposal and follow with hot water every time, and you will greatly reduce the occurrence of stinky garbage disposal odor.

2. If it’s too late to prevent garbage disposal odor, you can minimize odors by performing a routine cleaning. Begin by turning off the disposal and plugging the sink with a stopper. Then fill the sink with dishwashing soap and hot water. Remove the stopper, and turn the garbage disposal back on. This will wash the components of the garbage disposal with the hot, soapy water. After the sink has emptied, turn the garbage disposal off. The rubber flaps around the disposal tend to hold onto bits of food and debris, so scrub those rubber flaps with a brush and hot, soapy water. If there are any parts of the garbage disposal that are removable, take them out and scrub them down, also. Once the parts are clean, replace them and flush the disposal with hot water.

3. For strong garbage disposal odors, you can easily deodorize using baking soda and vinegar. Push the rubber flaps out of the way, and pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain. Follow that by pouring half a cup of vinegar down the drain. It will foam up when you combine the vinegar and baking soda. Let it sit for about an hour, and then flush with cold water.

4. You can also clean your garbage disposal by using it to grind a combination of ice cubes and salt. These items are abrasive enough to remove any residue that might be sticking to the sides of the disposal. After you have ground the ice cubes and salt, throw some citrus peels down the garbage disposal and run it. Grinding the citrus peels will add a nice, fresh odor. You can use the ice and salt method in addition to any of these other methods for a thorough cleaning. Just be sure to flush the system out completely with water when you are done.

If you are suffering from stinky garbage disposal syndrome, try these methods. If these tips aren’t enough to do the trick, call Scott English Plumbing. We can repair or replace your garbage disposal so that your kitchen is smelling nice and fresh again. Just contact Scott English Plumbing, and we will take care of your stinky garbage disposal woes.