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Fact or Fiction? Putting Lemons in Your Disposal to Help it Smell Fresh is a Good Idea

At Bill Howe, we know that no one enjoys the odor of rotting food rising from their garbage disposal. Many websites offer natural solutions for getting rid of garbage disposal odor, including the idea of grinding up lemons in the disposal. However, experienced San Diego plumbers like us know that this home remedy could have unexpected consequences.

A garbage disposal may chop a lemon peel into very small pieces. However, an experienced San Diego plumber will tell you that those pieces will eventually end up in your kitchen drain line, causing it to clog and back up. Putting lemon juice in the disposal for deodorizing is a better solution. However, use this method sparingly as the citric acid may eventually corrode your disposal’s metal parts.

The only way to prevent clogged and smelly garbage disposals is to use the disposal sparingly (put a little in at a time) and rise the disposal well after each use. In fact, our San Diego plumbers recommend running hot water with a small amount of bleach to thoroughly clean the disposal. Unfortunately, if your drain is already clogged, then no amount of hot water or bleach will eliminate the smell. If your garbage disposal is clogged, then it’s time to give Bill Howe Plumbing a call.

An experienced San Diego plumber from Bill Howe will come to your home and offer a free estimate to remove the clog. Once the location of the stoppage is determined, the technician can resolve the issue immediately. If the job is more complicated, like having roots or a broken line, or if you would prefer a formal estimate, then we are happy to write an estimate for you.

To schedule an appointment or receive a free estimate, please contact us at 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469).

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One Response to Fact or Fiction? Putting Lemons in Your Disposal to Help it Smell Fresh is a Good Idea

  1. Any kind of hard or tough-peeled vegetable should not be put in the garbage disposal. They can ruin your disposal and therefore should be dumped away. Really appreciate this piece of information!

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