Is Your Garbage Disposal Smelling Foul? Learn How To Properly Clean It

If you're like most people, you use your garbage disposal often. It's a convenient way to get rid of scrap food items either from leftovers or from prep if you don't have a compost pile. However, once in a while you might notice a foul smell coming from the drain because food residue and tiny pieces can adhere to the sides of the drain, and in time, will produce a rotten smell. This guide explains how to eliminate that smell and clean your garbage disposal drain, so you can work in the kitchen in peace.

Step 1: Collect Some Supplies

To clean and freshen your garbage disposal drain, you'll need the following items:

  • old toothbrush
  • dish soap
  • eggshells or cherry pits
  • rubber kitchen mallet
  • towel
  • lemon rinds from one lemon

Step 2: Clean the Drain

Run some hot water down the disposal for a few minutes.

Squeeze a little dish soap on the toothbrush and brush the sides of the drain and the inside of the garbage disposal's pipe. Be careful that you don't reach down the drain so far that your hand gets stuck. While brushing, be sure to brush the blades as well.

Step 3: Break Up the Eggshells

If you want to use eggshells instead of cherry pits, place shells from about two or three eggs on one side of the towel. Pull the other side of the towel over the eggshells and pound them with the rubber mallet gently until the shells are broken up into tiny pieces.

Step 4: Exfoliate the Garbage Disposal

Pour the eggshells or cherry pits into the disposal and turn on the disposal. Allow the blades of the disposal to work on the shells or pits for a few minutes. This helps to break up food residue from the blades and the sides of the pipe and drain, in case you missed any with the toothbrush. Additionally, the pits or shells help sharpen the blades.

Wait a couple a minutes, and then run the water to send the shells or pits down the drain.

Step 5: Freshen It Up

With the water still running, drop the lemon rinds down the disposal and allow the blades to chew them up and send them down the drain, on their way to oblivion. You should immediately begin to notice the fresh lemon scent coming from your garbage disposal's drain.

If you want to avoid a smelly garbage disposal drain altogether, follow these steps once a month or so, or anytime you have eggshells or cherry pits in your home. Ask your plumber, like those at Neffsville Plumbing & Heating Services, for other ideas to keep your garbage disposal not only smelling great but also working with well-sharpened blades.