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How To Clean and Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal


Is a stinky disposal running you out of the kitchen? End the suffering with this low-cost fix.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Peel a lemon.

  2. Put the peel down the drain, and run the disposal for several minutes. The limonene – a naturally occurring chemical in the peel– will dissolve built up food, kill odor-causing bacteria, and leave your kitchen smelling lemony fresh. The perfect frugal fix!


  1. If you don't have a lemon, try an orange instead.
  2. Clean your disposal before you go on vacation, and you'll avoid a stinky surprise when you get back.

What You Need

  • A lemon
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