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Garbage Disposal Smells Like Mold, Fish, Dirt or Sewage in Austin, TX? Cleaning, Appliance Repairs & More

When you walk into your kitchen do you smell unpleasant aromas? There are many possible odor offenders. Many people will be begin sniffing the garbage, rags, their refrigerator, and their sink in an effort to find the culprit of the offensive smell. If you find the smell is coming from your sink you may be interested in knowing how to get rid of smells that come from your garbage disposal. Most of the time the sink itself is not what stinks; it is the garbage disposal.

Scrub Brush & Dish Soap to Clean Garbage Disposal

One way to clean your garbage disposal is to use a scrub brush and dish soap. First you will want to take your scrub brush and put a tablespoon of dish soap on it. Carefully scrub where the seam where the disposal meets the sink basin. Many times small particles will get in the little grooves and get stinky and possibly even grow mold. Next you will want to put the plug in your sink and fill your sink up halfway with water. Add a few tablespoons of dish soap. You may also use vinegar or another natural cleanser. Once you have the dish soap or vinegar in the water unplug the drain and turn your garbage disposal on. This will help the dish soap or vinegar get in and clean the inside area of your garbage disposal that you cannot reach.

Cleaning Garbage Disposal with Kosher Salt & Ice Cubes

For this method get out your kosher salt and ice. Kosher salt is a very effective cleaner. Pour a large cup of ice cubes into your garbage disposal, turn on the garbage disposal, and pour one-half cup of kosher salt down your disposal. Run the disposal and water for a few minutes before turning it off.

Baking Soda & Vinegar to Clean Garbage Disposals

In addition to kosher salt, here are more cleaning agents that can be hiding in your pantry. Baking soda and vinegar are known to be effective at cleaning all sorts of different things around your house. To clean your garbage disposal with baking soda and vinegar you will want to turn your water on, turn the garbage disposal on, and pour one cup of dry baking soda and 1 cup of distilled white vinegar down the drain. Let it run for a minutes before turning off your disposal and then the water.

How to Clean Garbage Disposal with Bleach

Similar to the kosher salt and baking soda methods mentioned above, bleach can help clean out your garbage disposal. Pour about one cup of bleach down your drain with the water and the garbage disposal running. This will help kill the smells from your pipes as well.


In addition to the methods mentioned above there are also products you can purchase at the grocery store that can help clean your garbage disposal. Take a look at the options available next time you are down the cleaning supply aisle. If none of these methods are getting rid of the smell give Texas Appliance Repair Service a call. We can come and inspect your garbage disposal and see if there is something going on inside the pipes that needs to be repaired. We can help solve your garbage disposal needs so that your house can go back to smelling nice and pleasant.

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