When your garbage disposal starts to dysfunction, you know it's because of something you have been doing (or not doing, for that matter). For one, cleaning it on a regular basis will eliminate half your problems. But, it is probably that you are not doing this enough, which is why it seems to be getting stuck or has started emitting a foul odor. More often than not, it is the remnants of some kind of garbage on the walls of the disposal system that cause foul odors to emanate from it. This means you are not cleaning it regularly, or effectively enough, to get rid of these smells and keep it clean. Try these effective solutions that are sure to work for you.
Basic Cleaning Measures
Cleaning it on a regular basis is important to prevent problems. If not daily, at least every two days, you ought to use a good grease-cutting dish washing liquid to clean it. Cover the disposal with a rubber stopper and fill your sink with boiling hot water and a small amount of dish washing liquid. Now remove the rubber stopper and let the liquid flow into the garbage disposal. Keep the hot water running until the entire solution has been washed away. This solution will effectively clean it and prevent foul odors.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Two very powerful ingredients, these will not only get rid of the odors, but also eliminate the source (slime) of these odors. Put half a cup of baking soda in the disposal and wait for a few seconds. Down this ingredient with half a cup of vinegar and allow the solution to work its magic. You will notice that the solution starts bubbling. Once this bubbling reduces, pour some boiling water down the disposal. You will find that this solution is an effective way to unclog the disposal and also to get rid of the repulsive odors that emanate from it.
Ice and Rock Salt
A combination of 2 cups of ice, followed by one cup of rock salt works well to scrub all the dirt and grime out of your garbage disposal. Put the ice and rock salt in the disposal, and turn on the machine for about ten seconds. Keep the cold water running in the process to get rid of all the dirt from it. The ice will also help sharpen the blades of the disposal and make it more effective. This method will also help get rid of the foul odor.
Lemon Peels or Mint Extracts
Apart from cleaning and clearing a clogged garbage disposal, keeping it odor-free is a big concern. In the process of your regular cleaning, add in a few lemon peels and allow the disposal to grind them. These will give the disposal a fresh scent, and will also help keep it clean. Apart from lemon peels, you may also add a few drops of mint extract in the cleaning process to keep the disposal smelling fresh.
Try using a tablespoon of bleach mixed in a gallon of water, and pour it in the disposal. Allow it to remain in there for about ten minutes, and then turn on the disposal while keeping the water running.
If it is clogged, you may probably have to manually unclog it. Before you do so, ensure that you have switched off the main power supply so that it doesn't turn on while you are cleaning it. Try and remove the splash guard that covers the disposal, and use a pair of pliers to locate and remove the object that is clogging it. Then follow any of the aforementioned cleaning processes, and your garbage disposal will function effectively.
Cleaning it on a regular basis will help eliminate the need to resort to any severe measures to clean or unclog it. If you have to, these measures will help you keep it clean and working well for a long time.