Quick Tip To Share - Garbage Disposal Cleaner AND IT'S GREEN!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with RED Properties NC #129285

I am listing a vacant home in Wake Forest NC that is absolutely adorable!  Great floorplan, perfect location and gorgeous curb appeal!

The inside had fresh paint, new carpet and new vinyl in the baths. 

There is only one teeny tiny problem with the home.  There was a terrible smell emanating from the garbage disposal!  Eewww.....

I had tried just about everything I could think of and the sellers had as well.  Then, I came across this little recipe and gave it a try:

  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup baking soda
  • 6 vinegar ice cubes
  • cold tap water
  1. Freeze some white vinegar in an old ice cube tray.
  2. Throw a handful of baking soda into disposal
  3. toss in 3 or more vinegar ice cubes
  4. run the garbage disposal
  5. keep adding vinegar ice cubes (as much as disposal can handle)
  6. after all cubes are ground up run the disposal with cold water for about 2 mins.

I PROMISE you that this will work if you have those lingering smells in a garbage disposal.  The great part is that not only will it get rid of residue on the blades and clear up the smell it will sharpen the blades, too!

I hope that you find this helpful!



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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Leesa - Thanks for the great tip, lemons have worked for me in the past, but I'll try this one in the future.

Jul 12, 2009 07:50 AM #1
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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GREAT tip darlin darlin!

I like lemon too . . . :)

But the freezing of the vinegar a great idea to get the scrubbing effect along with the baking soda . . .

Jul 12, 2009 07:59 AM #2
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Michelle - personally, i use lemons at home but they just didn't cut it at this home.  The recipe above?  worked like a charm!

Jul 12, 2009 08:01 AM #3
Kari Battaglia, PA
Keller Williams Realty Gold - Englewood, FL
Selling Florida Gulf Coast Lifestyle

Thanks Leesa, I love to use vinegar around the house, especially to clean my tile flooring.  One cup with bucket of hot water and it does a great job and leaves absolutely no residue.

Jul 12, 2009 08:09 AM #4
Gynell Stalford - Texas Cert. Appraiser *****FHA & FLAGSTAR APPROVED*****
Metroplex Appraisal Services - The FHA Appraisal Shop - Frisco, TX

Leesa, Thanks for the tip, baking soda and vinegar, good idea. 

Jul 12, 2009 08:12 AM #5
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Candice - If you get a really stubborn one try this recipe next time!

Kari - Vinegar is awesome!  I also use it as a rinse agent in my dishwasher.  No funky smell and gets everything extremely spotless!

Jul 12, 2009 08:14 AM #6
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Sounds like a great idea. Some of those disposals can get ripe.

Jul 12, 2009 09:28 AM #7
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Leesa - I have used this recipe for years with lemons.  Nice to know the vinegar trick in case something really stubborn gets in there!

Jul 12, 2009 09:48 AM #8
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I'll have to add that to my list of thinks to do in a vacant home to keep it smelling nice. Thanks

Jul 12, 2009 03:26 PM #9
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com - Harrisburg, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

Hi Leesa,

I've heard of using lemons in the disposal. Your recipe adds a little more to it. Great!

Jul 12, 2009 11:41 PM #10
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Gynell - You're more than welcome - keep it in mind!  You never know when you might need it.

Tom - EEWWWW!  Especially in vacant homes where they were not cleaned well to begin with and then have had no water in them for a while.

Carol - yes, lemons are great for everyday use - but, again, for a stubborn smell in a sink that has not had water in a while this really does the trick.

Terry - You're welcome!  It really DOES WORK!

Jul 13, 2009 12:08 AM #11
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Tony - I use lemons for everyday use but the vinegar and ice cubes really get the gunk off the blades!

Jul 13, 2009 01:46 AM #12
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

I'll try your remedy as well.  Like others, I've had good luck in the past with lemon rind and ice cubes.

Jul 13, 2009 04:24 AM #13
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Tom - Yes the lemons work great for a disposal that is in use and has had water running through it.  The recipe above is for the stagnant disposals that have a lingering smell.

Jul 13, 2009 04:31 AM #14
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Hey Leesa - I used to use a contractor, a laborer and a sledge hammer.  Sounds like this is a better option!  LOL

Jul 13, 2009 12:25 PM #15
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Nevin - I can assure you that my option is WAY cheaper!  ;)

Jul 14, 2009 10:25 PM #16
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