You smell a nasty odor and your nose leads you to your garbage disposal. Do you have any idea why it smells nasty? Do you know what to do to get rid of that foul odor?

It can be a bit overwhelming to clean an appliance with strong impellers. Luckily, we are here to help you. Before you clean your appliance, you should first know the reason why it emits foul odors.

Whenever your garbage disposal grinds food waste, oftentimes, a couple of particles are left behind. These particles decay after a couple of hours. Because a lot of homeowners do not regularly clean the garbage disposal, smelly bacteria and decaying food can immediately worsen.

Over time, food particles that accumulate can create clogs and stop waste from passing into the septic system. This worsens the odor. Because of this, you have to get rid of the source by hiring an appliance maintenance company or follow the tips below.

Deodorizing Your Garbage Disposal

Even after you get rid of the source, foul odors tend to linger for a couple of days. That is why it is suggested that you get rid of stubborn smells by using a couple of fresh citruses and simple pantry staples.

  • Pour two cups of baking soda inside the appliance.
  • Add ½ cup of white vinegar gradually.
  • Leave the mixture for half an hour.
  • Turn on the water and operate the disposal for a couple of minutes.
  • Get 1 lemon and cut its peel into 1-inch bits and gradually add it while the water and the appliance are still running.

Using Salt and Ice to Clean the Disposal

Oftentimes, a more abrasive cleaning technique is required when your garbage disposal smells nasty. Here are a couple of tips when using salt and ice for friction cleaning:

  • Place around 10 ice cubes in the sink.
  • Sprinkle around ½ cup of rock salt in the cubes.
  • Run a drip of cold water, directing the salt and ice cubes down the drain of your disposal.
  • Keep operating the disposal until the salt and ice are gone.

Getting Rid of Clogs

There is a high possibility that your garbage disposal is clogged if it smells really nasty. Here are a couple of tips to get rid of disposal clogs safely before you clean the appliance:

  • Turn off the disposal and unplug it.
  • Utilize a flashlight to see the clog inside the appliance.
  • Get rid of clogs using pliers or tongs. You shouldn’t directly put your hand inside the disposal.
  • Plug the appliance back and operate it for a couple of minutes.

Cleaning the Garbage Disposal

After you get rid of the clog, it is time to clean the appliance to eliminate odor and bacteria.

  • Fill the sink with 2 tsp. of liquid dish detergent and 4 inches of water.
  • Create suds by circulating the water.
  • Let the appliance process the water by turning it on.
  • Turn the appliance off.
  • Pour liquid dish soap and use a scrub brush to scrub the exterior of the disposal.