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Tackle a Stinky Garbage Disposal

What can I do about it?

A quick way to get rid of a garbage disposal smell is to eliminate the source of the problem. Try running a few ice cubes through the disposal, but make sure the water is running when you put them in and turn on the disposal. Be careful — doing this may release some particles or discolored water. Either dispose of anything extra in the trash, or wait for the water to flow back down.

Citrus fruits can also do wonders for your disposal. Place small pieces at a time inside your disposal, with the water running. It’s fine if you use parts of the peel, too. Not only will this help clear out any debris, it will also give off a nice fresh scent into your kitchen.

How do I prevent it in the future?

The best way to get rid of a smelly garbage disposal is to get right to the root of the problem. Be cautious of what you’re putting down the drain, and be careful not to force anything down that shouldn’t be in there. Running the disposal regularly will help it function properly, while using cold water will assist in moving things along.

Fats, oils or grease should never be put down the disposal. It’s also a good idea to take preventative measures, even if you don’t have a clog in the first place! Try putting ice, and then citrus fruits, through the disposal once per month in order to keep the garbage disposal working properly!

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