Get Rid of That Stinky Disposal

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Posted by YumSugar

This past weekend our garbage disposal decided to hit me in the face with the most disgusting smell ever. We'd just finished up our 4th of July bbq and I think the mix of watermelon, bbq sauce, raw chicken, roasted peppers and cheese just didn't really mix well. However, I was in luck, we also had a bunch of lemons leftover, so I tossed one in the sink and ran the disposal. Voila! No more nasty sink smell! I also threw in some ice - to help sharpen the blades - while I was at it. If you've got some issues with your disposal, here are some more helpful tips:

  • Occasionally toss a few pieces of ice into the disposal. The grinding of the ice will help to keep the blades sharp.

  • You can also freeze vinegar in ice cube trays and run those down the disposal. You'll keep your blades sharp and get rid of any lingering odors.

  • For stubborn odors pour baking soda into the drain and let it set for several hours before running the water/disposal.

  • Don't put too many peels (especially potatoes) down the disposal. The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause the blades to stick.

  • It's fairly obvious, but don't run glass, plastic, metal and other non-food items down the disposal.

  • The remains from crab, oysters, etc. should also not be put down the disposal.

  • Avoid grinding fibrous food like onion skins, celery and corn husks.

  • Small amounts of eggshells or small bones are actually good for the disposal and can help scour the sides of the grinder.

  • Be sure to run cold water before, during and after using the disposal. This will help run debris through the pipes. The cold water will help solidify any grease in the pipes.

  • Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners. If there is a clog, check and clean out the disposal unit first.

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This Post was written by Sabrina from YumSugar


i just wish we had a garbarator! this doesn't exist here in Europe... any recommendations for smelly bins?

July 12, 2007 at 12:42:00 AM GMT+2  

As Johann said, in Europe we do not have garbage disposals. Smelly bins? One can buy these bin deodorants that can be stuck to the inside of the bins. I think I saw them in different aromas, including lemon!

Meeta said...
July 12, 2007 at 1:11:00 PM GMT+2  

I find that a good locking lid (or just one that stays closed well) really helps. Also several companies have started to introduce "odor absorbing" bags. They have baking soda built in to them or something like that. Hope you can find something like that in europe!

sabrina said...
July 12, 2007 at 9:06:00 PM GMT+2  

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