Are you planning on cooking for a lot of people this Christmas? If so, chances are you’re going to be using your garbage disposal. We’ve already talked on this blog about how grease can be a major threat to your kitchen drains, but even if you are treating your disposal safely and not putting anything dangerous down it, there’s one problem almost everyone’s garbage disposal faces at some point: odors.
Over time, the food particles that you put down in your garbage disposal can start to cling to it. This in turn creates bacteria, which can lead to some pretty funky smells. While a small level of bacteria in your sink is common and unlikely to affect your health, the scents associated with bacteria are still pretty offensive. And even if you have gotten used to the bacteria smell in your kitchen, chances are your guests and visitors will pick up on it right away. Learn how to get rid of garbage disposal odors before your holiday gathering, and make sure to call our skilled Las Vegas plumbers at Lange Plumbing & Fire Protection for professional drain cleaning and more.
The Best Way to Get Rid of Garbage Disposal Odors:
- Step 1: Take some ice cubes out of your freezer and pour them down your drain. You don’t need many, just a few small ones should do the trick. The larger the chunks are, the more you risk damaging the garbage disposal’s blades.
- Step 2: Add in a small slice of lemon or lime. Remember, when we say small, we mean small—large fruit rinds can be extremely bad for your garbage disposal, so you should either skin the slice you are using or just use a single wedge, no greater than the size you would find in a drink.
- Step 3: Toss in a dash of a good cleanser. We have personally found that pine sol works best. Remember, you should NOT use chemical drain cleaners, or too much of any cleaner, period, as the chemicals in these products can be very bad for your pipes.
- Step 4: Turn the dispenser on and let it chop up this mix like a margarita. It should take no more than a few seconds for the cleaning solution to fully combine.
- Step 5: Turn your garbage disposal off and flush everything out with hot water. Repeat if necessary. After one or two tries at this, your disposal should smell much better (if it does not, consider calling a professional plumber to see if you are dealing with a clog.)