You use your sink every day — you should make sure to keep it clean! It's easy to clean your sink and garbage disposal with these common household items.
Keep your garbage disposal running properly and odor-free with this simple once-a-month trick: Fill an ice-cube tray with white vinegar, and when frozen, grind about a dozen cubes. The ice sharpens the blades while the vinegar deodorizes the drain.
Is Vinegar + Baking Soda the Ultimate Cleanser? Ask Science investigates.
Use mouthwash to freshen the scent
Odors coming from your garbage disposal? Pour about 4 ounces of a minty mouthwash down the drain. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Deodorize the disposal with lemon
A quick and easy way to deodorize your in-sink garbage disposal is to grind a lemon peel inside it every so often. It will get rid of grease—and smell wonderful!
Salt as a de-greaser
Pour ½ cup salt down the drain of your kitchen sink with warm running water. This simple step will freshen your drain and keep it from getting bogged down with grease.
Make a drain volcano
Most people know the old science fair project of mixing vinegar and baking soda to cause a chemical reaction worthy of a model volcano, but not many know that this powerful combination is also a great drain cleaner. Baking soda and vinegar break down fatty acids from grease, food, and soap buildup into simpler substances that can be more easily flushed down the drain. Here’s how to do it: Pour 2 ounces baking soda and 5 ounces vinegar into your drain. Cover with a towel or dishrag while the solution fizzes. Wait 5 to 10 minutes, then flush the drain with very hot water. Repeat until your drain is clear.
Your oven is probably coated in grease, too. Check out Who Knew's guide to degreasing your oven.
Kitchen sink clogged up? Skip the commercial drain cleaners, which contain harsh chemicals that can destroy your pipes. Instead, slip three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain and turn on the hot water for just a few seconds. The tablets will fizz up and get to work on the clog. After 15 minutes, run the water again and the drain should be clog-free.
Baking soda hack
Instead of throwing away baking soda when it’s finished its 30-day stint in your fridge, dump it down the garbage disposal with running water. It will keep your disposal fresh, too!