These days almost every household has a garbage disposal unit or “garburator” in the kitchen. Fixed between the drain and the trap under the kitchen sink, this simple electrical device shreds food waste into tiny pieces so that they can easily pass through the drain pipes. However, after long use the “garburator” can itself become coated with gooey matter and emit an unpleasant smell. One way to keep it from smelling is to allow the water to run for sometime after doing the dishes every day so that anything stuck in the device is washed away. But if it already filthy and smelly, there are a number of ways you can clean the machine.
Scrub with a brush: Take ca scrub brush, an old toothbrush, soap and water. First, scrub the rubber cover fitted in the disposal to remove the garbage bits clinging under its flap. Use soapy water to remove the obstinate bits and pieces. Use the toothbrush to get to difficult parts. Rinse with liberal amounts of water. Do not use chemical drain cleaners as they might damage the gasket and other parts.
Deodorize: After you are cleaned the “garburator”, deodorize it to drive the remaining smell away. You may use commercial deodorizers like Nature’s Miracle, ProClean and Bane-Clean. But if you want to use household deodorizers, some of the most effective are vinegar, baking soda, citrus peels and bleach detergent.
Vinegar: Vinegar is very effective in killing bacteria and removing unpleasant odor. You can use it either with baking soda or with ice. When using with baking soda, put a generous amount of baking soda into the garbage disposal unit, pour half a cup of vinegar and leave it for an hour. Run cold water down the drain. This will make the device clean and free it of odor. When using with ice, fill an ice tray with water, add some vinegar and put it back in the freezer. After the mixture has frozen solid, take it out, run water down the sink and put the ice cubes there. The ice sharpens the blades of the machine while the vinegar deodorizes it.
Citrus Peel: If there is still a lingering smell coming out of the garbage disposal, take a few orange, lemon or lime peels, cut them into little pieces and toss them into the machine. The pleasant smell of the citrus fruits will mask the odor until both fade away. After that you can throw in 1/4 cup of borax to disinfect the area.
Bleach detergent: Beside removing stains and killing bacteria, this is also a very effective deodorizing agent. Plug the drain of the sink, fill it water and add some bleach into it. Stir the water to mix the bleach well and then open the plug. This will clean the garbage disposal unit and remove the lingering odor.