I think of myself as a rather obsessed cleaning nut. I like neatness and order with everything in its place. My sock door is organized and my fridge is clean. But honestly, who ever cleans their garbage disposal? Not this girl….until our kitchen started smelling like sh*t and I had no idea why. It was spotless; not a crumb to be found. Sure enough, it was the drain. So I did what every 30 something working professional does.
I called Mom.
Well… here’s her secret sauce. Best part (besides that my kitchen no longer smells)? You can make it SO easily with items you already have in your kitchen. It’s basically free. The double whammy? You can make it in bulk.
- Distilled white vinegar
- Citrus fruit peels (use ANY that you want – lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, etc)
- Ice cube tray
A note on the fruit peels: If you don’t want to waste a perfectly good fruit on this, wait until you actually eat the fruit and then throw the peels in a plastic bag and place in the freezer until you have at least 2 or 3 full fruit peels.
Chop up citrus fruit peels in to small pieces. Remember, this is going in your garbage disposal so perfect knife skills are NOT important. Thank goodness!
Stuff the fruit pieces in to each tray cube about 3/4 of the way full.
Then fill with the distilled white vinegar.
Pop in the freezer overnight.
You can definitely use any standard ice cube trays, but really like these because they’re rubber and bendable so it’s super duper easy to pop the cubes out of. (I also use these ice cube trays to freeze all sorts of other things like herbs, juices, etc.)
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Then throw these in to a LABELED plastic sandwich bag (something like “DO NOT EAT – Garbage disposal tablets”). You can envision what I’m trying to prevent. Ugh. Getting shivers just writing this.
Now when you go to clean your garbage disposal (aka when your kitchen starts to smell and you can’t figure out why), simply turn on the hot water, pop a couple of these down the drain, and flip on the disposal.
DONE! Problem solved.
Thanks Mom 🙂
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