No matter what sort of garbage disposal you have installed in your home, it is inevitable that over time it may start to smell, so regular maintenance and clean focus is a must. Even if you don’t have a garbage disposal stystem installed, by using the following methods you can keep your kitchen and sink areas smelling beautiful and looking spick and span. Here are 7 handy tips for getting rid of garbage disposal odour.
Use a brush or old toothbrush
Using a brush or old toothbrush will help clean out any residual gunk that has built up over time. Make sure you are getting in all those nooks and crannies to clean out any hidden areas that may be causing odour. Doing this regularly is a great preventative measure that will help to ensure that any nasty smells stay at bay.
Lemon and other citrus fruits
When life gives you lemons (and other citrus fruits), cut them up into small chunks or slices and toss them down into your disposal while it’s grinding. If you are just doing this down a regular sink, just use the juice squeezed from the fruits or even lemon, lime, orange or tangerine essential oils. Using citrus fruits or essential oils in any cleaning is always a great idea as it is an extremely cost effective and natural way to get rid of any stinky odors and freshen up your space.
Another amazing cost effective and natural way to remove strong odours is by using another convenient household essential that most of us will already have on hand: baking soda! The constituents in baking soda are super effective for cleaning due to the deodorising qualities in it that neutralise odours. You can either make a paste with baking soda and water and pour the combination down your sink, or you can simply sprinkle some baking soda down your drainage area, followed by vinegar.
When we’re talking about baking soda, we will usually mention vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar go hand in hand when it comes to cleaning and neutralising odours. Vinegar works so well because it is another natural matter that kills bacteria and works as an effective deodoriser. Using vinegar alone can pack a punch when it comes to cleaning out your stinky areas. Just pour some vinegar, along with cool water, down your drains and you’re good to go!
Putting ice cubes down your garbage disposal can have a surprisingly successful outcome. Unlike citrus juice, essential oils, baking soda and vinegar, putting ice cubes down your drain won’t leave any lingering scents behind. By just turning your garbage disposal on and dropping a few ice cubes down, this can really help with odour and additionally assist with sharpening your blades. If you have an ice cube mold on hand, you could even add chunks of citrus or drops of essential oils in your ice cubes to give the ice an extra kick.
All purpose household cleaner
Using just a regular all purpose household cleaner will also do the trick! Simply splash a little bit of highly concentrated cleaner down your sink. Alternatively, you can dilute it in water and pour it into a spray bottle and then spray it down your drain to help wash out any yucky odours. Using a natural concentrated cleaner regularly will also be a great preventative to any build up.
If all else fails and you just can’t seem to get rid of the stench, a deep clean may be your only answer. Your garbage removal unit should have instructions to follow as to the correct way to deep clean your particular device. But as a general rule, using warm water to clean through your pipes, device and sink is all that is needed. Also, if there’s still any residual food leftover in your garbage disposal, get in contact with a rubbish removal service to make sure it’s thoroughly dealt with.
So there you have it, 7 tips for getting rid of garbage disposal odour. My favourite method would have to be using citrus, as it not only neutralises the stink but leaves a beautiful fresh scent behind. I know it’s a pretty gross job to do and one we put off, but I hope these handy tips have made you feel like you can go and tackle the yuck!