How to Get Rid of that Stink in Your Sink


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Ahh the beloved garbage disposal. We all have one, and we all use it on a weekly basis at least. However, we don’t really think about it too much. I mean, what’s to think about? It’s not like we are sitting up at night dreaming of the garbage disposal and how it enriches our lives.

What would we do without this magnificent little tool? Hmm..what did we do before this was invented? Oh..that’s right..threw our scraps in the trash.

History of the Garbage Disposal:

The disposal was created by architect John W. Hammes in 1927, but it wasn’t first marketed until 1940. You may wonder why it took so long for this device to be placed and sold on the market. Well, my friend…Mr. Hammes wasn’t issued a patent until August 27th, 1935.

There was a bigger issue at hand. The company he worked for, Insinkerator based out of Racine, WI, spent most of their time building defense parts for WWII. In fact, word about the garbage disposal didn’t take off until after the war.

Insinkerator had to another fight they were dealing with. It was illegal to put food down the sink. They needed to change the laws in order for the garbage disposal to come into effect. This was a huge barrier for them. They decided to go to local towns to show the townspeople how convenient this device really was so they could mandate the use of the disposals.

Four Ways to Clean Your Disposal and Get Rid of that Awful Smell:

1. Baking Soda and Ice Cubes.

Using ice cubes with baking soda or salt will help to clean the blades in your disposal, but unfortunately, will not remove the stink. Add about 7-8 ice cubes and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Run the disposal until there are no more ice cubes.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

These two items make a great cleaning agent. Your disposal will be shinning like new with this combo and it also takes care of that funky odor. It takes out the odor for a few days, but your kitchen will smell like vinegar. Pour a few 2-3 tablespoons each of baking soda and vinegar then scrub.

3. Baking Soda and Dawn

So here is an embarrassing story for you. It was Christmas Day, and my mom and brother came over to catch up and have Christmas Dinner. For two days my stink was smelling up the place. I tried almost everything. Ice cubes, baking soda and water, fresh citrus juice, bleach, etc. Nothing seemed to work. I thought maybe a Scentsy candle could differ away the smell, but nope. My mom came into the kitchen to pour herself some wine and she asked “what’s that smell?’ I had to give in and tell her where it was coming from.

Low and behold, she didn’t just stand by and do nothing. She wanted to make sure it was gone for good. She grabbed rubber gloves, my dish scrubber, dawn, and baking soda. She let the water run for 30 seconds and then shut it off. She then poured about 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a few squirts of Dawn down the drain. She took the scrubber and cleaned the blades, the walls between the sink flap and disposal, and the sink flap underneath and on top. I was skeptical about this working, but it really worked wonders! It is my go-to smell eraser. Although, I use #4 & 5 every now and then too. These two ingredients will be a life-saver for your sink. Trust me.

4. Frozen Citrus Peels

I normally use orange and lemon, because I love that smell. But you could also use lime, grapefruit, key lime, bergamot, tangerine, pomelo, or even frozen grapes or strawberries. Add about 5-7 pieces of small citrus peel to your garbage disposal and let it rip. The citrus smell usually lasts for 2-3 days.

5. Baking Soda and Essential Oils

I love using essential oils for my bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, car, and personal use. I can’t get enough of these oils. For when you have a stinky sink, pouring down 8-12 drops of essential oils in combination with 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda really does the trick. First, rinse out your sink. You can use one single oil or make your favorite combination. I really like the smell of lemon and peppermint. These two oils are very energizing and lifts up your mood while taking care of your smelly sink. I also have used orange, lavender, bergamot, patchouli, tea tree, eucalyptus, and fighting five and breathe easier from Eden’s Garden.

Make sure you rinse your sink first and use your scrubber brush to really clean your sink and disposal. After adding the baking soda and oils, brush the disposal and sink flaps, then run some water and let the disposal run for a few seconds.


1. Rinse Your Sink Really Well Before Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal.

2. What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal:

Some items are a common sense such as egg shells, bones, animal fecees, condoms, stickers, flushable wipes, paint, motor oil, and cotton balls. Other items that aren’t healthy for your disposal and plumbing system are pasta, rice, paper towels, grease, lard, cooking oil, coffee grounds, bleach or other cleaning agents, medicine, fruit pits, and flour.

I hope this information will help to keep you and your kitchen happier. If you have found other tricks to keep the stink away, feel free to comment below. Take care. 🙂

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