How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

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20 Minutes
So with all the recipe testing we do in our kitchen, we are bound to make quite a mess and have some interesting smells coming from the garbage disposal- ha! Now that it’s officially spring, time to jump into some spring cleaning!! Here is a trick I saw that is easy, fast, and smells great!!

  • cut citrus fruit (lemons, limes, oranges)
  • distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • cupcake tray

Cut up your fruit into small bite size pieces. Then fill each cup in your tray with fruit and fill with vinegar just below the line. Time to freeze! Let the tray sit in the freezer for 24 hours. The next day, pop out a cube (nope don’t eat it!) and run some water in your sink. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the sink and allow for a slow trickle of water while you drop your cube in. (It should fizz a little!) Then grind away and smell that freshness!! This will even help with sharpening blades!! (tip** if you plan to store these cubes in freezer in a ziploc be sure to label so someone doesn’t think they are ice cubes!)

smelly garbage disposal? Have no fear!

chop your fruit up…

Fils cupcake trays with fruit

Add distilled white vinegar to each cupcake tin and pop in the freezer for 24 hours!
These look like frozen treats but don't eat them! Haha!

Now it's time to put them to the test!

Grab your baking soda!

pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the sink

plop in your cube with a trickle of water and turn on the garbage disposal, smells sooooo good!

oh happy day!!

Happy spring cleaning ya’ll!



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  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Aug 16, 2020

    The cubes of citrus fruit would probably be great in iced tea!

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    • Beth Beth on Aug 17, 2021

      Lorraine, I use the peels of oranges and lemons, not the fruit. Works just as well!

  • Beth Beth on Aug 17, 2021

    BE SURE TO REMOVE THE SEEDS from anything you put in your garbage disposal. They can get stuck under the blades and keep them from turning.