The kitchen is a source of odors in the home. Some, like apple pie, are pleasing. Others, like the odor emitting from a kitchen drain, can hit you right in the gut.
To clean and freshen your drains, pour the juice from half a lemon and a handful of baking soda down the drain. Flush well with hot water. Garbage disposals are another part of the sink that can get stinky. To freshen your garbage disposal:
1. Cut a lemon in quarters
2. Run cold water down the disposal.
3. Turn on the disposal and drop in one piece of lemon.
4. Follow with a second piece.
5. Once both pieces of lemon clear the disposal, add a handful of baking soda.
Remember to keep your fingers away from moving parts at all times.
While the disposal runs, use the other lemons to make refreshing drinks. Cold water should always be used with a garbage disposal because it helps congeal the fats and grease that may be in the disposal. Warm water will liquefy these items, but could cause them to congeal and block the plumbing before they are completely flushed from the system. Although the garbage disposal itself generally requires little maintenance, the area under the kitchen sink is prone to leaks. Every month, be sure to open the cabinet doors, remove all of the items and check carefully for dampness or drips. Stopping leaks early can prevent expensive fixes later (before serious damage can occur). If your house has a septic system, there may be something you may not have thought of: If you have a garbage disposal, you likely will have will to clean the septic system more frequently because of the build-up of solid foods and grease from the disposal. Good idea to have septic inspected every couple of years.