Cleaning a Garbage Disposal

How do I clean my garbage disposal? There's a musty smell coming from the drain.

By Pat L. from Phoenix, AZ

January 31, 20100 found this helpful

They do sell a garbage disposal cleaner packet. It foams up in the drain. some hardware stores sell it. you can buy it online, too.

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February 3, 20100 found this helpful

This is an easy one. 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar let sit for 20 or 30 minuets then add 2 cups of very hot water. If your hot water is set for a dishwasher your hot water may be hot enough if not boiling water will work fine. If you still have a smell. The next time you zest any citrus add the left over peel to the garbage disposer. This will freshen your disposal.

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February 3, 20100 found this helpful

I swear by lemons. Grab a lemon slice off a few slices and drop in disposal side of the drain. Turn on disposal and reap the smell of fresh lemons. Save remaining lemon in fridge for the next week. This always works for me. Good luck

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February 4, 20100 found this helpful

Cut up a lemon or orange (any citrus fruits work well) put down the disposal and run as usual. It really helps with any odor and it is supposed to help clean it. If you want to clean it well, you can purchase garbage disposal pads at the larger chain stores and put one down into the disposal and turn on it actually foams up and really cleans it well but they're kind of expensive. Hope this helps!

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February 4, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with the lemon.

When you use your disposal, always leave the water running for @ 30 seconds after you shut if off. Your disposal won't smell at all.

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February 6, 20100 found this helpful

The 'citrus' trick is what I use, but I just toss any citrus piece, never have to cut a piece specifically for the disposal, just use a lemon wedge from my iced tea, right into the drain. The disposal always stays nice and fresh, because it takes a few days to get rid of the rind.

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