A garbage disposal does an excellent job of grinding up your food scraps, sending them down the drain when they would otherwise be in your kitchen's trash bin. Unfortunately, a garbage disposal also has many components that can trap small food particles.
Over time, you may find that the particles of food stuck under your garbage disposal's turntable or rubber flaps can lead to a smelly sink. Thankfully, deodorizing a waste disposal is one of the easiest of all DIY kitchen projects -- and you can probably do it with items that you already have!
When most people use their garbage disposals, they simply use running water from the faucet to help lubricate the blades and flush the food down. When using your garbage disposal in this way, though, the garbage disposal never actually fills with water. The remaining food particles can eventually form a sludge that plain water won't remove.
To remove trapped sludge in your garbage disposal:
If soap alone fails to deodorize your garbage disposal adequately, there's no need to use bleach or other harsh chemicals to do the job. Instead, try adding a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to the sink before pulling the drain plug to kill microbes naturally.
Disinfecting your garbage disposal will kill odor-causing bacteria and mold temporarily. However, it won't remove the root of the problem if food particles remain. Give your garbage disposal a bit of scrubbing assistance by stuffing the drain with ice cubes and rock salt. The ice will release food stuck within the grinding mechanism while the salt will form a paste that cleans the sides of the unit.
A little natural foaming action can do an excellent job of removing food particles trapped under your garbage disposal's rubber flaps.
If you've followed all of the above steps and your garbage disposal still has a persistent odor, you may need to use a tool -- and a bit of elbow grease -- to remove the remaining food particles. A soft brush with a bending handle is ideal. If you don't have one, an old toothbrush works nearly as well. For maximum safety, it's wise to flip the circuit breaker for your garbage disposal before cleaning it by hand.
Next, put some soap on your brush and run some warm water through the garbage disposal. Use one hand to hold up the disposal's rubber flaps, and use the other hand to clean the undersides of the flaps with your brush. Pay extra attention to the area in which the flaps connect to the drain. This hard-to-reach area is where you're most likely to find stubborn food particles.
After thoroughly cleaning your garbage disposal, harness the power of citrus oil by running the garbage disposal with some lemon peels and cold water. The citrus oil contains a powerful terpene called d-limonene that triggers a chemical reaction to break grease down. It also leaves a pleasant scent that'll linger in your drain for days.
Don't want to waste a lemon using it for cleaning? When you cook with lemons, save the peels. Cut them into small pieces, place the pieces in an ice cube tray and fill the tray with water. Your lemon peels will be ready for use whenever your garbage disposal needs a quick cleaning.
The best way to avoid a smelly garbage disposal is to avoid disposing of certain foods in it. Thinks to avoid putting in your garbage disposal include:
When you use your garbage disposal, it's wise to leave it on -- with the water running -- for several seconds after the grinding noise ends. Many people turn off their garbage disposals as soon as they no longer hear a grinding noise. However, there could still be food caught in the disposal at this point. Flushing your garbage disposal thoroughly after each time you use it is an excellent way to avoid odors.
Call William C Diamond Plumbing and Heating at (973) 200-6713 or contact us online to schedule a garbage disposal service in Livingston!