Homemade Citrus Garbage Disposal Fresheners & tips to keep your disposal sharp and clean!

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Homemade Citrus Disposal Fresheners + how to keep your disposal sharp and clean!

How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal (And Keep it Clean!)

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Ugh, what is that smell in your kitchen? You just scrubbed the floor, washed the dishes and emptied the trash. Where could it be coming from? Maybe it’s the disposal! Gross! Not to worry though; garbage disposals are super easy to clean and keep clean with products you probably already have at home.

How to make Citrus Garbage Disposal Fresheners


  • Sliced Citrus Pieces (Lemons/Limes/Oranges)
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda (optional)


Place a few slices of citrus fruits in a mini muffin pan.  Top with white vinegar and freeze until solid.  Remove from muffin tin and store in a freezer bag in the freezer.  (Be sure to label it so someone doesn’t end up with a “special ice cube” in their drink!).

How to freshen your disposal:

  1. (With the disposal off of course) check if your rubber stopper can be removed.  If it can, remove the rubber stopper and give it a scrub with a brush and some dish soap.
  2. Using the same brush, scrub the inside of the disposal on the edge where the rubber stopper was as this area collects a lot of food particles.
  3. Rinse well and replace the rubber stopper.
  4. Toss 2-3 disposal fresheners in the disposal.  Top with 2 tablespoons baking soda. Turn the water on just a little bit on cold and let run until the disposal is clear.  Voila, fresh and clean!


Keeping your garbage disposal fresh and clean!

Baking Soda and Vinegar: Just like the mini volcanoes you made for science class, fill up your disposal with some baking soda and vinegar. The chemical reaction between the two will cause it to fuzz, bubble, and scrub your disposal. And baking soda is an awesome odor remover.

Frozen Vinegar Cubes: Ice cubes are a super cheap and easy way to keep your disposal clean & sharp. Just dump them down the drain and run the grinder.

Citrus Peels: The essential oils trapped in citrus skins make great cleaners.

Always Use Cold: Use cold tap water, running in a steady stream, while you are grinding everything up in your disposal. The cold will make the grease and oil that may have gotten into your sink solidify, which is easier for the disposal to grind and get rid of. Warm water can gum up the drain and cause clogs and mechanical issues.

Fish Bones & Egg Shells: Grinding up the little bones makes for a great scouring tool for the inside of your disposal. Egg shells and small fruit pits also have the same cleaning effect.

Baking Soda Soak: If you have a very smelly sink, try dumping in a half of a cup of baking soda and let it sit in the disposal for twenty minutes. Turn the water to cold and run the disposal until the soda is gone. You can also do this with Borax if you are out of baking soda!

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  1. There are quite a few of these garbage disposal refreshers on the web. Most of the recipes I’ve seen involve mixing a bunch of ingredients, including castile soap, into a paste and letting it set overnight. The simplicity of this recipe is much appreciated. Thanks!

  2. Great tips! If there are some food parts left in your disposal you could use old toothbrush to remove them. It works! Baking soda and vinegar are making miracles , too. Best regards!

  3. Those ice cubes with lemons look so fresh and so beautiful. Thank you for this practical idea, I’ll try it today when I get back from work!

  4. I would go easy on the egg shells. My son, a plumber, says the egg shells end up settling in the trap and can plug your drain.

  5. The rubber stopper in my garbage disposal isn’t removable, so I bought a toilet bowl brush to keep under the kitchen sink. About once a week, I run a little hot water in the disposal, I put some liquid dish detergent on the brush and scrub the insides of the disposal, making sure to get the stopper. The brush can be ‘twirled’, ‘plunged’ etc. to get into all the nooks and crannies. Then I follow with the baking soda and vinegar for a good flush.