Smelly Garbage Disposal? Freshen It Up With These DIY Cleaning Cubes

All it takes is two ingredients.

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You know you have to clean the visible dirt and grime in your home, but sometimes it's easy to overlook the things you can't see. I'm talking about the garbage disposal: With all the food waste this hardworking device handles, there can be some nasty stuff lurking down the drain.

Luckily, there's an easy way to keep your disposal clean: vinegar and lemon ice cubes. They're a triple threat against a dirty disposal: The ice dislodges stuck-on gunk from the grinding elements, the vinegar disinfects and the lemon adds a fresh smell. Here's how to make them:

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Smelly garbage disposal? Freshen it up with these lemon cleaning cubes.

All you need to whip up these handy cubes is white vinegar, a lemon and an ice cube tray. Slice the lemon into small pieces, add one or two pieces to each ice cube mold, then fill the molds the rest of the way with vinegar.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Place the tray in a plastic zipper bag (to keep your freezer from smelling like vinegar), and freeze overnight. Once the cubes are completely frozen, you can unmold them and store them in a plastic bag to save space, if you'd like. Every few days, just run a handful of cubes through the disposal to keep stuck-on food and smells at bay. It's as easy as that!

And while you're tackling your sink, why not clean your oven, too? DIY Network's Made + Remade blog shares step-by-step instructions on prepping your oven just in time for holiday baking.

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