If you have a stale odor lingering from your garbage disposal, it's time to sharpen the disposal blades and thoroughly clean the appliance. This will reduce odors and make the disposal work more efficient.
What You'll Need:
Bounty Paper Towels
Remove all dishes, glasses, and silverware from the kitchen sink. Make sure no non-food items, such as washcloths, small utensils, or sponges, have fallen into the disposal. Never reach into the disposal when it is on.
Turn on the cold water and the disposal. Drop chicken bones into the disposal. Grinding these soft but rigid bones will sharpen the disposal blades. Let the cold water run until you hear the disposal finish grinding the bones.
Turn off the disposal and the running water. Pour two cups of baking soda into the drain that flows into the disposal. Now add two cups of white vinegar to the drain. The baking soda will begin to bubble and foam. This reaction removes grease and food debris from the inside of the disposal. The vinegar also neutralizes odors.
Seal the drain with a drain plug. Let the baking soda and vinegar soak in the disposal for 30 minutes. Remove the drain plug and rinse the disposal with cold water. Turn on the garbage disposal while the water is running to wash away the vinegar, baking soda, and loosened food debris. Wipe down your sink and counter top with Bounty paper towels.