How to clean garbage disposal from odors

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 23, 2017
    Cut up a lemon or orange and run the disposal. You can also use the baking soda/vinegar/boiling water trick to clean it up first, then use the citrus to deodorize the disposal.

  • Kio9781653 Kio9781653 on Dec 23, 2017
    Lemons! Quarter a lemon and grind it through. That always worked for me.

  • Aprille Aprille on Dec 23, 2017
    Cut up a lemon or orange and run it through the disposal.

  • Chez Chez on Dec 23, 2017
    Use ice with the lemon to get it to clean the blades

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Dec 23, 2017
    Hello! Pour boiling hot water down the disposal and let it run for 30 seconds to clear out any food that may have been trapped and causing the odor. Cut a lemon in quarters and one by one drop into the disposal, running the disposal each time. That should do the trick! Happy Holidays!

  • Throw some ice cubes down it, grind then up to dislodge any stuck particles. The quarter a lemon and put a quarter at a time down, grinding after each quarter.

  • Tlchampion323 Tlchampion323 on Dec 23, 2017
    I find that the rubber around the drain gets bad on the underside. These are little flaps that need regular cleaning. I use a dedicated sponge using comet /Ajax or bleach all around the drain hole.


  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 23, 2017

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Dec 23, 2017
    Do this...cut a lemon (including the peel) into small chunks. Put the pieces into an ice cube tray. Fill the tray with white vinegar and freeze until solid. Dump the frozen cubes into a freezer bag and store in your freezer. Whenever your garbage disposal smells bad, drop one or two cubes into the garbage disposal and run it with a trickle of water as usual. It will freshen and clean your disposal and also clean the blades at the same time!

  • Carey Carey on Jan 23, 2020

    Every time I eat an orange, I grind the peel down the disposal after running it. That keeps it always clean and fresh smelling. it is very low cost as well. Costs me nothing except to dispose of the peel that I don't use anyway.