Smelly garbage disposal: How to clean it out.
Please remember, safety first. Never stick a fork or any other items into your garbage disposal while it is running. It is also a good idea to unplug your disposal if you do need to get anything out of it.
Ice cubes are great!
Fill a large cup up with ice cubes. Pour them into the garbage disposal. Turn on the cold water and flip the switch. Let the disposal run for a minute or two. It may be a little load but the ice chips will clean the interior or your disposal. If you like vinegar, freeze an ice cube tray of vinegar and use them. (Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product.)
You can also try adding some rock salt in with your ice cubes for extra cleaning power.
Citrus peels smell awesome!
If you are an orange, lemon, lime and or grapefruit lover, this is a nice choice for you. Place a couple pieces of your peels in your garbage disposal. Next turn the on water and then the garbage disposal. It is best to only use a couple peels at a time. The rough peels help to clean the blades, and the citrus oils do a fantastic job of naturally freshening things up.
Baking soda and vinegar volcano!
Sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda down your disposal. Pour vinegar about 1 cup of vinegar (I prefer white distilled vinegar) down the disposal, and allow the two ingredients to foam and bubble. This one is a kids favorite.
Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, run hot water down the disposal as it is running to flush everything through. (Usually, it is best to run cold water down the disposal but hot water works best here.)
Baking soda and vinegar do a great job of deodorizing a garbage disposal and work well in many other areas as well.
No harsh chemicals used!
The 3 methods use natural ingredients. There are many products that you can find in stores, but most have bleach and other chemicals in them that are hard to remove from our water supply later.
Remember, a well-maintained home is a Happier Home!