How to Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odor

How to Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odor

Stinky garbage disposal, smelling like rotten eggs, is a sign of compromised kitchen hygiene. The bad odor produces when the garbage disposal is clogged and infected with bacterial growth that can affect your health and your family’s well-being.

Though we recommend calling for professional residential plumbing in Reno for unbearable garbage disposal, there are some things you can do on your own to minimize—if not eliminate—the bad odor before help arrives.

Water and Liquid Dish Cleaner

This is a reasonably easy method. Here’s all you need to do

  • Seal the sink’s drain with a rubber drain stopper.
  • Turn on the hot water tap and turn it off when the sink is filled halfway.
  • Add two tablespoons of liquid dish cleaner to the hot water in the sink and mix it using a spoon.
  • Pull off the rubber seal and let the water flush through the drain.

Why Is It Effective?

The dish cleaner and hot water mixture will wash away all the clogs and scum in your garbage disposal.

Salt and Ice

If your disposal still stinks after the dish cleaner and hot water method, use this method:

  • Remove the steel covering on your sink’s drain and toss 5 to 6 ice cubes into the drain.
  • Immediately pour down four tablespoons of kosher salt into the drain.
  • Switch on your garbage disposal and allow it to run for ten to fifteen seconds, or until you can longer hear the sound of ice crushing.

Why Is It Effective?

When the garbage disposal crushes ice cubes, they work like tiny ice missiles against the gunk, food leftovers, and other debris clogging the unit. The ice particles work on cleaning the revolving blades while the kosher salt scrubs away all the grime clinging on to the walls of the upper tank.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

This method is the oldest one in the plumbing books. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Pour down half cup baking soda followed by half cup of vinegar into the sink’s drain.
  • Allow the mixture to frizzle for up to 15 minutes.
  • Now switch on the garbage disposal and pour down a pot of hot water into the sink while the disposal is still running.

Why Is It Effective?

Vinegar and baking soda together work as a bacterial disinfectant that kills bacterial growth inside the tank and eliminates bad odor.

Why Is It Still Better to Hire Plumbing Professionals?

While all these methods may work, it’s still important to note that some of the ingredients used are highly acidic, and they can damage your garbage disposal, drain pipes, and plumbing system if they are used more often. This is why it’s much safer to let the professionals handle issues when something seems “off” with your garbage disposal. Johnson Plumbing offers top-quality Garbage disposal installation reno, along with a range of other commercial, industrial, and residential plumbing services in Reno. For a free estimate or more information about us, call 24/7 at 775-204-7780.

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