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How to Clean a Smelly Garbage Disposal (Infographic)

Sep 29, 2011

Why your garbage disposal stinks (and what you can do about it)

No one likes a smelly garbage disposal. More likely than not, your garbage disposal smells bad because built of food particles are stuck in the grinders. Thankfully, there are a few simple, at-home remedies to fix this problem. What’s more, you probably have the ingredients for these DIY garbage disposal cleaning projects in your pantry!

Quick & easy DIY garbage disposal cleaning

  • Lemons, Limes & Oranges – A good option if you want to clean your disposal and leave it smelling nice and citrusy!
  • Vinegar & Baking Soda – Vinegar is an excellent cleaning agent and creates cleaning bubbles when combined with baking soda!
  • Ice Cubes – Ice cubes blast away built-up food by freezing it so the disposal can remove stuck-on food particles.

What to do if your garbage disposal smells like sewage

If your garbage disposal smells really bad (like sewage), you might have a bigger problem on your hands. More often than not, this means you have a problem with your sink trap or your plumbing vent. (The sink trap is the “U” shaped pipe under your sink, which traps water in the pipe to keep sewer gas from coming up into your home.)

If you haven’t run the sink in a while, it’s possible the water in the sink trap simply evaporated. Try running some water down the drain and seeing if the bad smell dissipates.

If it doesn’t, you may have a leak or another problem that requires the help of a professional plumber or drain clearing expert. To schedule a service with the plumber San Diego trusts, call Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air today at (866) 374-0402.

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