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We’ve all been there before, where we’re standing in front of our sink, looking only at a stack of clean dishes and an empty trash can, wondering where the awful smell is coming from…and then realizing it’s coming from the garbage disposal. It’s an unfortunate time, especially since whatever is happening underneath the sink is probably something we’d all rather not think about or visualize, but we’re here to help.

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Instead of just running the water and the disposal, hoping that whatever’s in there will go away, we’ve got an easy solution that will not only help with the smell, but will also help kill whatever bacteria is down there and will sharpen the disposal blades – and it’s all thanks to this silicone square ice cube tray!

The solution to this gross predicament is none other than a big ‘ol tray of ice cubes. But not just any ice cubes, these are vinegar-based, with fresh lemon, orange and rosemary to act as deodorants (and beautifiers – they make your ice cubes gorgeous). Vinegar is a tried-and-true household cleaner that will kill off most of the bacteria in the disposal, and the ice gets remaining food matter off the blades and sharpens them at the same time!

The oils from the citrus and rosemary add natural, fresh scents that are approximately 10,000 times better than whatever stink was emanating from there before, so there’s really no excuse to not make these disposal-cleaning cubes. Trust us, these make a world of difference, and the fact that they’re so pretty to look at doesn’t hurt either!

Disposal-Cleaning Ice Cubes

Serves 8



  1. Begin by slicing your citrus into pieces that fit into your silicone ice cube mold.
  2. Place 1 slice of orange and 1 slice of lemon into each mold, then top with several rosemary needles.
  3. Top each mold off with white vinegar, then place in freezer until set.
  4. When ready, place ice cube down garbage disposal, run cold water and turn disposal on.

Recipe adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee

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