Have you ever walked into your kitchen and had your senses assaulted by an unpleasant odor? You can keep the dishes clean and take out the trash every day, but if you don’t clean your garbage disposal, that bad smell is likely to linger. There are many ways to keep your kitchen smelling fresh, and they start with keeping a clean disposal.

1. Remove Odors

There a quite a few things that neutralize the bad smells emanating from your disposal. A cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar is an inexpensive way to take care of a pungent garbage disposal. Lemons or other citrus do the same thing. Just cut them into smaller pieces and grind them up. Grinding ice cubes not only takes care of the smell but also sharpens the blades of your disposal.

2. Disinfect

You may not want merely to mask the odor coming from your garbage disposal. To prevent it from returning, you will need to disinfect and dispose of the particles causing it. Using mild bleach can break down the pieces of food that are clinging to the mechanism. It also kills the germs that are causing the stench.

3. Clean Thoroughly

Many people will try to clean their garbage disposal by inserting a brush and giving it a few hopeful swishes. This is problematic for a couple of reasons. First, the disposal should be unplugged and disconnected before inserting anything into it. Second, the portion of the disposal this reaches is only one part that needs cleaning. To ensure that you rid your garbage disposal of any smells, it is a good idea to have it cleaned professionally on a regular basis. This is not only safer but more effective.

4. Fresh and Clean

To eliminate troublesome smells from your kitchen, you probably need to clean your garbage disposal. If you regularly neutralize and disinfect it while maintaining a regular cleaning schedule with your plumber, your kitchen is more likely to remain odor free.