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My fiance walked into the house a few days ago and asked, “What is that smell?” I had no idea what he was talking about since I had been in the house most of the day. The trash had been taken out and there were no obvious culprits so we went about our day. I left the house for a few hours and when I returned, I smelled what he had been smelling earlier.
It was a rank, foul smell so I sniffed and sniffed until I could sniff no more! But not before my nose led me to, you guessed it, the sink. The garbage disposal to be exact! When I peeped down into the chute, I could see bits of food that had not completely been dissolved so I ran some hot water and turned the disposal on. When I turned it off and checked again, there were still bits of food that seemed to be stuck.
I decided that was it! I was going to find a way to clean my garbage disposal and make it smell like flowers instead of a waste yard!
A simple online google search turned up some pretty interesting recipes. However, I was looking for just a basic, all-natural cleaning solution that would clean and disinfect my garbage disposal. I found a few all-natural recipes and began to experiment, taking bits from one recipe and combining it with other recipes until I found one that I liked and thought would work.
Below you will find a 2-part, quick, easy, and cheap recipe that you can use to keep your kitchen smelling fresh and your sink drain clean and sanitized!
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL NATURALLY
The first thing you will need to do is clean your dishwasher. to do this you will need:
- handful of ice cubes
- old toothbrush
- baking soda
Toss the ice cubes into the garbage disposal, turn the water on cool and let it run. Then turn on the garbage disposal until the ice is broken up and dissolved.
The purpose of the ice cubes is to sharpen the blades and remove any built up food particles and sticky grease.
Create a paste with the baking soda and water. To do this, just pour about a tablespoon of baking soda into a bowl and add water slowly until it forms a paste. Once the paste is formed, use an old toothbrush or scrub brush to clean the rubber around the disposal.
Food particles and bacteria can grow and linger on the rubber as well so it is important to clean those too.
Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of baking soda in your disposal, pour about a cup of white vinegar into the disposal and wait until it begins to foam.
Let the mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes, run the disposal and then let the hot water run down the disposal. This will flush everything from the disposal and get rid of any bacteria.
Now that we have cleaned the garbage disposal, it is time to freshen it up a bit with these all-natural DIY disposal fresheners.
Here is what you will need:
HOW TO FRESHEN UP YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL
- distilled white vinegar
- citrus peels (such as lemon or orange peels) if fresh peels are not available, you may use about 20-40 drops of lemon or orange essential oils
- Ice cube tray
Place some of the peels into the ice cube tray and fill each with vinegar. Place the ice tray in the freezer until frozen (about 2 hours).
Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer and transfer to a container with a lid. I recommend these mason jars. They store your cubes airtight for at least a month and who doesn’t love a mason jar right?!
To use these beauties, pop one out the jar and into your garbage disposal about twice a week. This should keep odors at bay until your next cleaning!
I recommend cleaning your garbage disposal once every two weeks to keep it clean and bacteria free.
Do you have any all-natural DIY tips you use to clean your garbage disposal? Let us know in the comments below!