Do you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen? It can be a convenient thing to have, but have you ever noticed strange smells coming from it? This is a common occurrence in garbage disposals when there is organic matter stuck in the blades, giving off odors when decaying. Here are a few tips on how to prevent it from happening in the future, as well as, how to clean out the organic matter if you are dealing with this right now.

There are some things to avoid running down the garbage disposal, and that is stringy, fibrous vegetables, such as broccoli, celery and rhubarb. The fibers can easily get tangled up in the blades and stick there. A good practice is to leave the water running in your sink for a little while after you are done disposing of the garbage while the motor is running, as well. This gives the blades a good cleaning before you turn it off.

If there is something stuck already, running some ice cubes through the garbage disposal will clean the blades off without damaging them.

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