If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you know how valuable the appliance is. You probably use it daily because it makes cleaning up so much easier.
However, despite how helpful your disposal is, it might begin to smell after a while. All of those fruits and vegetables might have been in pristine condition when they were washed down your sink, but after a while, the small particles left in the dark, damp atmosphere of your disposal probably began to mold.
No matter how awful your sink smells now, there is actually a pretty easy fix for this.
The first thing you should focus on is the rubber part of the disposal that you can see. It's easy for food particles to get trapped here and begin to rot. Use some dish soap and a brush or wand to thoroughly wash it..
Next, you'll want to wash away everything inside the disposal. However, it's important to never put your hand inside the disposal, even to clean it. Instead, fill the sink with hot, soapy water. When it's full, unplug the drain and turn the disposal on. The water should do a pretty good job of rinsing everything off. However, there could still be some stubborn odor-causing debris left over.
To tackle the last bits of stuck-on food, put about a cup of ice into the disposal, followed by a good half cup of salt. These should do a good job of dismounting those last little pieces of leftover grime from inside your kitchen sink.
By this point, your disposal's odor should be neutralized. However, if you want to take it one step further and make sure your sink smells fresh, grind up a sliced lemon half in the disposal.
Going forward, keeping your garbage disposal smelling nice is a matter of preventative maintenance. Always run plenty of water when using your disposal, and let the appliance run for a few seconds longer than you think is necessary.
Also, be mindful of what you are putting into the disposal. It's great for many things, but it can't handle all of your food refuse. Only put organic items in it, like fruits and vegetables, but avoid starchy or stringy ones like potatoes and celery.
If you are still having trouble with your garbage disposal, contact your Erie Roto-Rooter to come over and solve the problem.