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How to Clean a Garbage Disposal Sink

When your kitchen sink starts to give off a bad smell, removing your drains and debris is a sure sign that you need to clean up.

Garbage removal usually cleans itself by breaking down food particles and pouring them down the drain, keeping the room relatively clean. However, over time, the scrubbing action in the grinding chamber can create foul-smelling sludge in uncleaned areas.

Cleaning it every week is a great way to prevent bad odours.


Supplies Needed

Ø Rubber gloves

Ø Sink stopper

Ø Dish soap

Ø A kitchen sponge with an abrasive side

Ø ½ to 1 cup vinegar

Ø ½ cup baking soda

Other optional fresheners that you may use instead of vinegar include baking soda, rock salt, beach solution, or citrus peels.




1. Turn off the power to avoid the disposal turning on accidentally as you clean.


2. Disconnect the disposal from the outlet under the sink. You can also turn off the breaker from the service panel in your home.


3. Apply the soap onto an abrasive sponge and scrub under the baffle, reaching the creases and the folds. Rinse the sponge often to get rid of the entire gunk.


4. Thoroughly clean the top of the grinding chamber, not forgetting to rinse the sponge many times. Repeat until no more gunk is pulled out by the sponge, leaving a clean feel.


5. For a fresh, clean feel, pour ½ cup of baking soda into the disposal. Afterwards, slowly pour ½ cup of vinegar into the disposal. The mixture will fizz up.


6. Cover the drain opening with the sink stopper to trap the fizzing process inside the disposal.


7. Wait a few minutes before removing the stopper. Afterwards, turn on the garbage disposal and pour hot water into the drain.


8. If need be, repeat all the steps.

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