Friday, January 11, 2013

Tip of the Week--DIY Disposal Cleaner





I don't like pouring harsh chemicals down the drain, especially since we are on a septic tank. So to clean my disposal, I opt for a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. The best part is that it has a fresh smell without being overwhelming. Here's what you need:

Ingredients
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup baking soda


Directions
Heat lemon juice in microwave for 30 seconds. Add baking soda slowly (it will bubble) and mix well. Turn on the disposal and pour down the drain. Turn on hot water for a few seconds to rinse away any mix remaining in the sink or the bowl. Use weekly. If disposal still has a bad odor, repeat.



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43 comments:

  1. That's such a good idea! Seems like it would be a lot less harsh on the blades than a lot of ideas out there, too. :) (pinning)

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  2. Thanks Marissa! Definitely less harsh. And if you need to use more of it, you don't have to worry about damaging anything, which is nice. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. Does it have to be fresh lemon juice? Or can we use the stuff that comes in the bottle?

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  4. I have used this but also like using vinegar and baking soda

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  5. Oooh this is a great idea Katie!! Thank you for sharing, need to try :)

    xoxo, Tanya

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  6. This is so much easier than the other disposal cleaners I've found. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Thanks Marissa, I hope this works. I have tried everything including vinegar and baking soda which helped for a day or so then the smell returned. I will try anything. Thanks

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    1. Check under the rubber gasket type thing between the sink and disposal. Just turn it inside out as much as possible. this may be the source of the smell. Scrub with baking soda and lemon.

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  8. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

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    1. Awesome! Thanks Lenetta, I'll be happy to stop by:)

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  9. Thanks for sharing the great tip! My disposal could use some of this right now. :) Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! I hope you have a wonderful week. :)

    XO
    Kathy

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  10. I need this remedy in my life. Even my son has been noticing a strange odor coming from the sink! Thanks for the tip, Katie! Have a fabulous week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  11. This is perfect! I am always looking for more natural ways to clean my home. I've been needing to clean my garbage disposal too. Super excited to try this recipe today! Visiting from the Wow us Wednesday link party. Have a fabulous day! ~ Jamie

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much for stopping by Jamie, I hope it helps:)

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  12. Sounds like a great solution without chemicals. Thanks for the tip!

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  13. Guess what I am going to do right now! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I'm wondering if you can use this to clean the dishwasher also?

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  15. Awesome! Love this - congrats on being featured at Mop it up Monday!

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  16. I have always used ice cubes to clean the yuck off the blades & then any citrus peels I have on hand. I do this every time I have an orange or lemon peel. This really works good but I will try your idea.

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  17. Great idea! Will try this, thanks!

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  19. I've been told that ice cubes ran through the garbage disposer will help sharpen the blades, - not sure if this is true or not.

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  20. I use 1/2 lemon wrapped in a damp cloth to clean my microwave. Micro both for about 10 seconds and then clean microwave, glass too. Once finished put lemon through disposal

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  21. I also take out and clean the rubber guard of the disposal, the back of it gets disgusting,my plumber told me how to take it out super easy and goes right back in too. Love lemon juice for all kinds of cleaning. Thanks of the added baking soda, had not thought of that

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    1. What was the plumber's tip for removing then replacing the rubber guard?

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  22. Great tip!
    Im following your blog from "A Better Baker". =)

    Have a great week!
    Melissa @ My recent favorite books

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  23. Hi...wanted you to know I shared this great recipe at my blog yesterday...and a link back to here...sorry I can't give you the link...we are out of town and I only have my phone. Thanks....www.thebetterbaker.blogspot.com.

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  24. i frequently put lemon rinds in my three disposals
    but think your concoction will be even better.

    thank you!!

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  25. I also use lemon and ice behind it.

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  26. I just squirt a bit of Dawn into while it is running, has never failed yet to clean and make it smell better.

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  27. I just use lemon peels or orange peels. Put them in the disposal and turn it on with hot water running until it is finished. It smells wonderful!

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  28. This is a very cheap way to keeping your drain and garbage disposal smelling good!!!

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