How can I clean smells out of a garbage disposal?

  12 answers
  • Gk Gk on Jan 02, 2020

    I have heard that if you grind up some citrus fruit it will take the smell away. Orange rinds, lemon rinds, grapefruit rinds.

  • Yoli Yoli on Jan 02, 2020

    Thank you but I've done that plus some little lemon balls I bought at the store but still smells.

  • Lisa Lisa on Jan 02, 2020

    Try boiling about 3 big pots of water and pour it down the drain Quickly. Be mindful of splashes! Ground up dibris gets stuck in the drain and starts a stink. Also make sure you a run a hard water stream for a few seconds longer after you use the disposal. Helps to flush the pipes.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 02, 2020

    I agree with Gk, orange, lemon , and grapefruit rinds will get rid of nasty odors, flush well with water.

    But, that did not work, or at the very least temporarily. So, take a look at thei link and see if you can do anything that it suggests:

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 02, 2020

    There may be gunk (bits of paper, tea bag strings, etc. ) and food residue caught between the folds of the rubber rings or stopper.

    Turn off the power breaker to the unit.

    Wearing rubber or nitrile gloves, clean inside and in-between the rubber folds with wet paper towels and bleach ,or another disinfectant.

    Turn the power back on and flush thoroughly with vinegar and very hot water.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 02, 2020


    Have you thought of using a suitable disinfectant through the system? Milton?? Maybe ask the manufacturer for their suggestions..........

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 02, 2020

    Hello Yoli, hope this helps you

    Baking Soda and Vinegar

    Turn on the garbage disposal and pour 1 cup of dry baking soda down, along with a cup of distilled white vinegar, to help remove strong odors. In a pinch, vinegar can be used on its own along with cool water

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 02, 2020

    A couple things I do is throw a couple ice cubes in there and half lemon and run it for a minute. They also make these scented balls called Plink that deodorizes the garbage dsposal.

    I have also used Roebic Drain Cleaner in my garbage disposal overnight, add a capful to warm water and throw it down there overnight, then run hot water in the morning.

  • Yoli Yoli on Jan 02, 2020

    Hello Deb and Sharon thank you for your suggestions I will be using them, Thank you

  • Megan Megan on Jan 02, 2020

    Yes! We have a friend who is a plumber. He says ice cubs are great at "cleaning" garbage disposals. Also Orange peels work well! It cleans and helps it smell better. :)

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 03, 2020

    Grind lemon or grapefruit in it after you have thoroughly cleaned.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 04, 2020

    I use fruit rinds to clean mine.