Do you have a funky smell coming from around your sink? Does it get especially bad overnight? You may need to freshen up your garbage disposal. Food and gunk can collect in the intricate pieces that make up the disposal and lead to some pretty significant odors. So, how can you brighten that up and make it smell fresh? Deodorize!
Start by cleaning it up! Clean and sanitize your drain and disposal by using a disinfectant and abrasion tool. This is really simple! Put some large ice cubes down the drain, along with some salt and dish detergent. Turn the water on and run the disposal. The ice will serve as an abrasive when the blades slice the ice into bits and will sharpen the blades. The salt will also serve as an abrasive. The detergent will disinfect any remaining gunk.
Next, deodorize. Start by boiling 4 quarts of water on the stove. Place baking soda in the disposal unit. Let sit for a few minutes. Turn on the disposal unit and add an equal amount of white vinegar to the drain. The mixture will bubble up. Follow with boiling hot water to clear any remaining residue. Now your drains and disposal are completely clean.
Finally, give it that fresh smell you love. Cut lemons into quarters and place in the drain. Add a small amount of salt to act as an abrasive. Feel free to leave them in there until you run the disposal again, or run the disposal for a shot amount of time until you can clear the lemons. This will also work for limes. The acid in the fruit will help to prevent future accumulation and build up.
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