Reducing kitchen odors starts with a clean kitchen. The garbage disposal is a daily tool often overlooked in our cleaning routines. Here is how we do it at La Belle’s.

Let’s start at the beginning.

  • Be sure the power is off.
  • Remove the splash guard. The mold, slim, and overall grossness that can accumulate under of this part of your garbage disposal is not for the squeamish. Take it out and clean it with hot, soapy water and an old toothbrush or kitchen towel. If it is necessary, you may have to use a degreaser or a little kitchen bleach to get the job done. Rinse. If the splash guard cannot be removed, turn back the flaps with one hand while scrubbing with the other.

  • Scrub the neck of the garbage disposal thoroughly paying close attention to the crevices.
  • A handful of baking soda can be added to the disposal with a little vinegar, or you may also put a little ice and a couple of tablespoons of salt into the cutting chamber to clean the blades.
  • Finally, we like to add several drops of our favorite essential oil to freshen the disposal. La Belle’s Affordable Cleaning Service uses lemongrass essential oil in all its cleanings.