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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Tips for Removing and Preventing Stinky Garbage Disposal Smells

Disposal Odors and How to Rid of Them

Cleaning the kitchen is one thing but how many of us forget about the disposal? I’ll admit, I sometimes forget until I get some phantom smell in the kitchen that isn’t coming from the garbage can.

The garbage disposal is a powerhouse when it comes to grinding up particles of food and when you think about it, some of the things that go in may cause some funky odors to come out.

Below are some things you can do to remove and prevent odors in your garbage disposal.

  1. Run cold water when using the garbage disposal. After rinsing pots, pans and dishes, grease and oils can run off into the disposal area. Using cold water will help solidify any grease and oil so it can be chopped up before reaching the trap where it could otherwise sit and accumulate.
  2. Freeze white vinegar in ice cube trays. I use the silicone trays because popping them out is so easy and it really doesn’t matter if you use large or small square trays. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer that can help eliminate odor causing bacteria. This will also help keep the blades of the garbage disposal sharp.
  3. I always have a box of Borax sitting on my shelf. There are so many things you can use Borax for around the house. For a stinky drain, pour 3 or 4 tablespoons in the drain. Let sit 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the smell, turn on the hot water and disposal to flush away. Borax is an effective odor eliminator and sanitizer.
  4. When you’ve finished washing dishes, pour in 1 cup baking soda and let this sit for 3 hours or overnight. Rinse completely.
  5. Many people don’t run the disposal long enough and turn it off when it sounds like everything has finished grinding. Instead, let it run a little bit longer (5 to 10 seconds) to ensure all particles of food have been flushed through the drain. Be sure to leave the water running as well.

After using one of the methods above I will periodically toss in the garbage disposal (when I have them on hand) citrus peels and some of the fruit as well. This will naturally clean the inside of the garbage disposal and leave a long lasting scent.

In order to keep your disposal clean and help prevent odors:

  • Run your disposal on a regular basis and remember to run it a few seconds longer after you think food has finished grinding.
  • Keep your disposal clean by pouring in a squirt or two of dish soap. Run the cold water and turn the disposal on for a minute or two.
  • Don't pour grease or fatty stuffs down the disposal. 

It’s important to remember that only biodegradable food stuffs be put in the disposal. A garbage disposal is not your trash can.

You can find more odor removal tips HERE.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Using Your Old Toothbrush to Clean Tight Places in the Bathroom

Old tooth brush for cleaning in tight spaces.

If you’re like me, you save a few old toothbrushes instead of throwing them in the trash. They come in handy for cleaning in tight places.

One of the reasons I like using an old toothbrush is they are already worn down and it's lost the stiffness, then I don’t have to worry about scratches – not to mention I don’t want to waste a new toothbrush for cleaning gunk.

So, if you have an old toothbrush, don’t throw it out, not yet anyway. Get more use out of it before tossing it in the trash.

Cleaning Hard to Get Places in the Shower

One of the places I use my old toothbrush is cleaning the bottom of sliding glass shower doors. If you have this kind of shower door you know how soapy water can run down the glass and into the tracks where water pools.

If this is left you end up with soap scum in the tracks and on the bottom of the glass which can be hard to get at with just a sponge or cleaning rag.

This is where the old toothbrush comes in handy to scrub the shower tracks, the rubber seal strip, the bottoms of the glass door and other areas like around the drain, shower lever, and around the faucet.

If you have a shower caddy, a toothbrush works great in corners, the little drain holes, and around the rubber base.

Cleaning Tight Places on the Toilet

Another place, when cleaning in the bathroom, that old toothbrush is good for is around the toilet.

I use it to scrub around the toilet seat hinges, in the space between the tank and toilet seat, and I also use it when I clean inside the toilet tank.

Cleaning Inside the Toilet Tank

Cleaning the Sink and Countertop

I use my old toothbrush to clean around the drain and inside the drain as far as I can get. I use it to clean the overflow hole, and around the faucets.

I have a mirror that is so close to the backsplash that it's hard to clean with just a sponge so out comes the toothbrush yet again and it works to clean all corners and edges.

Cleaning the Cabinets

Using the toothbrush also works really well for cleaning the outside of cabinet doors, inside drawers and under the sink area.

Another great tip for your old toothbrush - use a permanent marker to label it as a cleaning brush so no one accidentally picks it up and uses it!

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Cleaning Soap Scum

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