Clean a Stinky Garbage Disposal

If your kitchen is developing an odor and you’ve taken out the trash, it could be your garbage disposal.  Even if you run your garbage disposal until the last shred of food is gone, and you let the water run the recommended time, you can still wind up with an out-of control science experiment that stinks up your kitchen.

The reason is – some food is going to stick to the inside of the grinding chamber, and it’s going to decay.  You can clean the chamber by grinding ice and lemon rinds, adding baking soda or rinsing with vinegar and water.  Or, you can add commercial cleaners like Disposer Care, which is available at discount stores and most home centers.

garbage disposalIf there is still an odor after cleaning the grinding chamber, you’ll need to attack the underside of the splash guard.  Cleaning the splash guard is easier than you think.  you don’t even have to remove it.  Just clean it with a toothbrush and cleaner as shown.

Dip an old toothbrush in antibacterial grease-cutting kitchen cleaner and lift up one corner of the splash guard.  Scrub off the crud and rinse with cold water.  Repeat with each flap until it’s totally clean and rinsed.

Simple as that!

To prevent future odors and to ensure all the food particles are cleared away, don’t turn off the garbage disposal as soon as the grinding noises stop.  It is better to leave the garbage disposal on (with the water running) for several seconds after the grinding noises subside, as there may still be small particles in the disposal unit which have not yet been cleared away.

– S.O.
The Patrick O’Brien Agency – Fishers, IN

How to Clean a Glass Oven Door

We had a cookout a few weeks back and as I was hurriedly putting the mac-n-cheese in the oven, the flimsy foil pan bent and toppled.  About half of the Mac-n-Cheese fell on the inside of the oven door.

The oven was pre-heated and I was able to save half of the mac-n-cheese so I baked it.  I told myself I’d clean the oven “later”.  Well, it’s been about two months – not a few weeks – if I’m going to be honest.  This is what my oven looked like after two months of numerous uses since the messy mac-n-cheese spill.

GROSS!

GROSS!

I did some research on how to best clean the oven door so we can once again see through the glass.  Being mindful that I probably don’t want to use harsh chemicals that will later be baked along with our food, I found this “natural” remedy:  Water and Baking Soda.

Water + Baking Soda = Paste

Water + Baking Soda = Paste

If your oven is not as dirty as mine, mix about 1/4 cup of baking soda with water until it forms a runny paste.  If your oven is like mine (baked on thick cheese), you will need twice as much paste (like I did).

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Pour the mixture on and rub it in.  Let it sit 15-30 minutes.  I had to let mine sit 30 minutes.

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First Time

After letting it sit, wipe it off.  If there are still spots, you can scrub with a scour pad. 

I had to do this TWICE and let it sit both times for a 1/2 hour.  Then I had to put some major elbow grease behind the scouring.

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Second Time

But, It worked!  I can see my floor through the glass!!

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Has this happened to you?  Please share your cleaning tips in the comments.

– S.O.
POB Agency