Have you ever experienced a bad smell coming from your kitchen sink?

Disposals are great for getting rid of unnecessary food waste quickly and easily without having to get your hands dirty. While your hands may stay clean, however, your garbage disposal will eventually get dirty. The waste that collects in and around your disposal will eventually create an unpleasant smell.

The best way to get rid of the smell is to get rid of the waste, and that requires cleaning the disposal.

This article will explain how to clean a garbage disposal using different cleaning methods. It will also give you some proper disposal maintenance tips to keep it clean longer.

Method 1 – Ice And Salt

One great method to remove waste from the disposal is ice and salt. Ice is strong enough where it will stay stuck in the disposal until properly crushed by the blades and salt creates enough grit that, when combined with the ice, it will scrape filth off of the blades, flange, and surrounding area.

All one has to do is turn on the disposal, let cold water run down the sink and toss ice cubes and salt into the disposal.

You can also make ice cubes out of white vinegar or replace the salt with baking soda. Vinegar and baking soda work as natural deodorizers and both have similar qualities to ice and salt.

Method 2 – Citrus

Citrus peels are tough to cut through without being too tough for your garbage disposal. The peel acts in a similar fashion as ice and salt by scraping and cleaning the inside of the disposal.

It has a side benefit of leaving a pleasant citrus smell behind as it the disposal shreds the peel.

You can also pre-cut citrus into tiny pieces and freeze them in a plastic bag in your freezer. This will give the citrus a little extra durability in the disposal allowing it to clean a few seconds more.

Method 3 – Clean The Baffle

The third method for how to clean a garbage disposal requires removing and cleaning the rubber baffle found in most modern disposals. The baffle is this rubber component found inside the pipe near the blades of the disposal.

In order to clean it, one just must reach their hand down the sink and pull it out. It’ll likely look very dirty since baffles are almost never cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning the baffle is pretty easy and just requires some rinsing and wiping. Once the baffle is clean, place it back into the sink.

This should go without saying, but make sure that the disposal is off at all times when removing the baffle or putting it back into the sink.


After the disposal is clean it’s important to take proper care of your sink to prevent the smell from coming back. Make sure to limit what goes into the disposal to degradable waste. Make sure that waste has been reduced to small pieces before throwing it into the sink. Avoid dumping grease down the sink as it is hard to clean.

These suggestions will keep your garbage disposal cleaner for longer which means you will spend less time cleaning the disposal and more time enjoying it as a modern convenience.

There are many resources out there that explain how to clean a garbage disposal and keep it clean. These are some of the most common methods people use. Find a method that works for you and use it to keep the smell at bay.

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