How to Clean a Stinky Garbage Disposer


Have you recently observed foul odor coming from your kitchen sink?  Is this particular kitchen sink connected to your garbage disposal unit?  Sometimes we tend to overlook the presence of the garbage disposer because we assume that the foul odor is caused by a blockage in the drain line.  So how can you make sure that the garbage disposal becomes the source of foul and disgusting odors in your kitchen?  Let’s take a look.

Cleaning the Garbage Disposer

Obviously, one of the best ways to make sure that the garbage disposal unit is clean and does not become a source of foul odors is to regularly and properly maintain it.  This usually means running the unit up to the point where the very last shred of food placed in the disposer is gone.  You would then have to run water into the unit for a considerable amount of time to flush out everything.

Unfortunately, even if you observe this proper maintenance procedure, you can still end up with a stinking garbage disposal unit.  Why?  Because as we clean the garbage disposer, we often ten to overlook the fact that some of the food particles will stick in the grinding chamber.  And when these particles are left uncleaned for some time, they will decay and release foul odor.

So what do you do?  Make sure that the grinding chamber is clean by using lemon rinds, ice, and baking soda.  You would then have to rinse this off with a mixture of vinegar and water.  You may also choose commercially available cleaners, just make sure that they do not include toxic chemicals.

As you clean your garbage disposer, make sure that you pay considerable attention to the splash guard.  You may not be aware of it, but food particles will also cling to underside of the splash guard and if you don’t clean it up, you will still end up with a foul smelling kitchen sink.

Cleaning the Splash Guard

It is no rocket science, in fact, it is simpler and easier than you may think.  You do not even have to remove anything, so all you will really need is a toothbrush and cleaner to ensure that it does not become a source of foul odor.

Simply dip the old toothbrush in an antibacterial solution to allow it to cut through all the grease and food particles sticking to the underside of the splash guard.  Lift up one corner and work your way around scrubbing off the crud.  Rinse it off with cold water when you are done.  Do this process with all the flaps of the splash guard until you are sure that everything is cleaned.

As you clean the splash guard, you must be aware that it can also become broken, ripped, or already too dirty to be cleaned properly.  This means that you would have to replace it instead of just cleaning it.  What do you do?

Replace the Old Splash Guard

To replace an old splash guard on the garbage disposal unit, you would have to remove the disposer first.  You do not have to worry because installing the new splash guard is relatively easy and straightforward.

Make sure that the unit is turned off, including the circuit breaker.  To be sure, unplug the unit from the electrical socket.  Place some type of support under the disposer so that it would not fall on the ground as you do the replacement.

Remove the drainpipe and fittings.  Use a screwdriver to disconnect the disposer by rotating the locking ring away from you.  The unit will fall to the support underneath, which will allow you to tilt it over to remove the old splash guard and put in the new one.  Reinstall the unit once the new splash guard is in place.

No special tools are necessary to do this and the best part is that you can finish everything in about 2 minutes without having to spend more than $10 on the average.

If the problem still persists or you are not completely sure of what you are about to do, pick up the phone and let plumbers from help you with your plumbing issues.