Helpful Homemaking- Garbage Disposals

Hey dear readers, I’ve been working on a much needed blog post schedule (because winging it just isn’t this planning girls style) and while I won’t be having a theme for every day of the week, I’ve decided to keep this new one: Helpful Homemaking where I will share quick and easy tips for Moms, homes, gardens, cooking, - this will be a grab bag of helpfulness. You can find some of my recent tips here and hereI will also keep a favorite around here: Wordless Wednesday! 
Before I get to my quick tip today, I’d love to ask you what would you like to see me write about here on the blog? Please take a quick minute to fill out this survey to help me plan future posts. I promise it’s quick and easy. Thanks! 

How to Disinfect and deodorize your garbage disposal and sink drains

This really is super quick and easy.

  1. Take 3 tablespoons Arm and Hammer Baking soda
  2. 1 cup ice cubes
  3. Pour ice down drain. Top with baking soda. 
  4. Turn on water (medium-low cold) and turn on garbage disposal. 
  5. Let run until the ice cubes stop making the loud noise that scares your cat or dog (about 30 seconds.) 
  6. Then run hot water down drain for about 30 seconds and done! Clean smelling drains again. This should last at least a week depending on what you are putting down the garbage disposal.

Now clean the other side of your sink by placing 2 tablespoons of baking soda down the drain and running hot water for about 30 seconds. Your drain is clean.
If you are feeling really industrious, toss another tablespoon of baking soda in your sink lightly, wet it to make a paste and scrub your sink with a non-abrasive cloth. A good paper towel will work in a pinch.

I hope you found this tip helpful. Please come back next week to read my helpful homemaking post and follow along on my Pinterest Board.


  1. Great post Linda!! I'm a work at home Mom in a very rural community, so any tips would be helpful!!

  2. Looking forward to this series!

  3. Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for your supportive input. I will keep these type of posts coming.

  4. Hi Ellen,

    Thanks so much! I think it will be a lot of fun to write and share helpful homemaking posts.

  5. We love using Baking Soda for cleaning up and deodorizing but I never thought about the drains, thank you for sharing!

  6. Great post! I really need to do this, and it's such an easy nontoxic way to clean a dirty garbage!

  7. Thanks for the tip! This is really helpful!!

  8. Hi Rose,

    You are welcome. I think drains are one of those things we forget about cleaning until they stink!
    I love cleaning with baking soda too and buy it in quantity when I see it on sale.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Hi Gina,

    I'm glad you found my tip helpful.
    All our drains will be smelling clean this week!
    Have a great day.

  10. Thanks for the tip on adding lemon juice Alan. The next time I have less than perfect lemons, I'll add some juice to the mix.

    Happy Halloween!

  11. That's definitely a great tip! Our kitchen sink could definitely use a good cleaning!

    I love that you asked your readers what they/we want to see - definitely shows that you're a caring blogger!

  12. Hi Courtney,

    I'm happy you found this tip helpful. Thank you for your very supportive comment too. I really do care about my readers and don't want to praddle on about topics they may not care about.

    Happy Monday!

  13. I'm going to enjoy this series, for sure! Thanks for sharing your very handy tips!

  14. Hi Barb,

    Thank you! And your timing is perfect because I was working on this weeks Helpful Homemaking post while you were commenting on this one.

  15. I love this. This is how I clean mine, but I also add a few drops of young living's Purification essential oil. Amazing!!

  16. What a great tip. I am going to try that as soon as I get home.

  17. Thank you for sharing these tips. I have always used baking soda but never tried it with the ice. I will give this a try

  18. I'll have to try this. Ours does get kind of stinky.

  19. Hi Joan,

    I swear by this cleaning method. If you use your garbage disposal at least once a day, you need this cleaning tip.

  20. This is so helpful and needed in my home. Thank you!


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