3 Ways to Deodorize a Stinky Garbage Disposal

August 24, 2022

If you’ve noticed a funky smell lingering in your kitchen even after taking out the trash and cleaning the fridge, it could be your garbage disposal. Bits of food can get stuck in the appliance, leading to bacteria growth and a smelly sink.

Here are three natural ways to clean and deodorize a smelly garbage disposal, using things you probably already have in your kitchen:

Ice and Salt

Put a big cup full of ice cubes into the disposal, turn it on, and then add about half a cup of kosher or rock salt. The ice and salt will work together to scrub the gunk off the inside of your disposal. Rinse for about a minute after the ice is gone to ensure the disposal is clear.

Citrus Peels

Throw a few lemon or orange peels into the disposal and grind them up to add a clean citrus scent to your kitchen. This can be done anytime to prevent odors, even if the appliance isn’t currently stinky.

Make a Deodorizing Volcano with Baking Soda & Vinegar

Mixing baking soda and vinegar creates a strong chemical reaction that looks like a giant, fizzy volcano. These two ingredients have incredible deodorizing and cleaning powers. Sprinkle half a cup of baking soda into the disposal and add some vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with hot water. Rise for 1-2 minutes.

If you try these methods and your garbage disposal still smells, call Reddi Root’r at 316-847-4277. Our plumbing professionals will quickly diagnose and fix the problem.

Person adding solution into a garbage disposal.