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Here’s a Great Way to Clean a Smelly Disposal

Is something smelling off in your kitchen? It’s not the trash or the refrigerator or even the dog food bowl. Checked the over and last week’s chicken you forgot to cook is definitely not still defrosting in the oven. Oddly enough, have you thought to check your garbage disposal? As crazy as it sounds, those amazing chopping machines that can take on almost anything have been known to get an icky gunk build-up of residue from pulverized food.

We’ve poured all kinds of things down our kitchen garbage disposal to make it clean and sweet-smelling – orange and grapefruit peels, dried-out lemons, baking soda and vinegar.

But we never thought of throwing salt down there – until we read this tip.
Here’s how it works:

  • Fit a stopper into the sink, and fill with hot water and a squirt of dish detergent.
  • Turn on the disposal and let the soapy water drain, pushing gunk down the drain with it.
  • Throw 3 or 4 ice cubes and a handful of large-grain salt, such as Kosher, down the drain and run the disposal.
  • Flush with water, and you’ve got a clean disposal. Grind up a few lemons if you want a fresh, citrus smell.

Voila! A fresh-smelling drain!