Here’s a Great Way to Clean a Smelly Disposal

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Diana Holbrook McKee in Bathroom & Kitchen, Buyer, Home Care, Homeowner Tips, Maintenance, Seller, Uncategorized

Forget lemons and costly cleaners. Super cheap salt works the best.

Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic


By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

We’ve tried everything to make our kitchen garbage disposal clean and sweet-smelling, but the best of the best is … salt. Yep, salt.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fit a stopper into the sink, and fill with hot water and a squirt of dish detergent.
  • Turn on the disposal and let the soapy water drain, pushing gunk down the drain with it.
  • Throw 3 or 4 ice cubes and a handful of large-grain salt, such as Kosher, down the drain and run the disposal.
  • Flush with water, and you’ve got a clean disposal.

Voila! A fresh-smelling drain!