Garbage disposal

This is an area that can waft up some rather unattractive aromas into your kitchen and needs to be cleaned well and regularly. Don’t panic it is one of the easiest jobs in the home and will only take a minute to complete.


  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 lemon 
  • 2 to 3 drops lemon essential oil

Cut up the whole lemon into large wedges leaving on the peel. Put the lemon, salt and ice cubes into the garbage disposal unit and switch on till cleared. The ice and salt will scour the blades and the lemon will kill bacteria and help with the smell. This should be done at least once a month. Once finished wash though with water and add a few drop of lemon essential oil to boost the citrus aroma.


  • ½ cup bicarb soda
  • ½ cup vinegar

If this area is very dirty or you have just moved into a new home, start this process by putting the bicarb soda and vinegar into the disposal unit and follow with very hot water. Then complete the basic instructions.