The smelly truth about garbage disposals is that they sometimes stink like the garbage that gets ground up inside them and whisked away.

Using a harsh chemical cleaner could potentially smell worse than the odor causing all the trouble in the first place, so try one of these solutions instead:

1. Lemon juice & baking soda: pour a generous amount of baking soda directly into the disposal followed by the lemon juice. The acid in the juice will react with the baking soda and foam up and out of the disposal. Leave the mixture for at least an hour and then rinse with cold water and run the disposal for 15 to 30 seconds.

2. Lemon juice, baking soda & vinegar: Pour a tablespoon of lemon juice down the disposal then use equal parts baking soda and vinegar and pour the solution down the disposal. After only five minutes, rinse with hot water.

3. Lemons, vinegar and ice cubes: Slice a lemon (or a lime) in half and put them down the disposal one at a time. Pour in vinegar and ice cubes while the disposal is running to dissipate the odor and sharpen the disposer’s blades at the same time. Or, create vinegar ice cubes with slices of lemon (or lime) in them and put them in the disposal, then run it for up to a minute.

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